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Silver linings in lockdown

Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Christchurch ceremony celebrates values and success from 2020

Thursday 1 April 2021

A long-serving head of department was celebrated along with researchers, educators, staff and students who showed excellence and a commitment to the values of the Christchurch campus during its annual Academic Welcome ceremony.

Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday 25 March 2021

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

Monday 15 March 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

Monday 15 March 2021

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

Pump up the volume on quality school PE, researchers urge

Friday 12 March 2021

Increasing the amount of time schools devote to physical education each week could dramatically reduce the number of children who are doing only minimal levels of exercise, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Sport New Zealand have found.

We must have a better plan for the next pandemic, say Otago researchers

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s next pandemic plan needs a completely different approach to our previous plan that was focussed on influenza, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington in a new article that identifies key lessons from the COVID-19 response for managing future major outbreaks and pandemics.

Christchurch doctors develop fat-firming plastic surgery technique

Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Otago’s Dr Khoon Lim and Mr Jeremy Simcock speak on TV’s NewsHub about their innovative fat grafting research, promising another option for reconstructive plastic surgery. Their research proposal recently won a Translational Research Grant and $50,000 funding from the University.

Private health patients costing public system $11.5m a year

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Taxpayers are footing an annual bill of up to $11.5 million – the cost of 760 hip replacements - for patients who need public hospital care after private inpatient treatment, a new University of Otago study reveals.

Technology accelerates advances in brain research

Thursday 18 February 2021

The development of new brain stimulation devices, new stimulation designs and artificial intelligence is accelerating advances in the field of brain stimulation research. University of Otago Professor Dirk de Ridder says he has never been so excited about the potential to develop new treatments for debilitating conditions.

Otago launches Medical Students’ Elective Inquiry

Wednesday 10 February 2021

The University of Otago is launching a formal inquiry into sixth year Medical Degree electives following failure to meet attendance requirements for overseas electives by a significant number of students in the 2019 MB ChB Trainee Intern Class.

University of Otago introduces DIVA to healthcare

Wednesday 3 February 2021

University of Otago-designed computer software for helping surgeons monitor how their patients are doing during their time in hospital has been developed into a commercially available system.

Targeted health messaging needed in era of vaping, researchers say

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Health authorities should develop targeted health messages for vaping product and e-liquid packaging to encourage smokers to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and to prevent non-smokers from taking up vaping, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington says.

HRC funding for groundbreaking cancer prevention research

Wednesday 20 January 2021

A Christchurch-based researcher has secured funding to develop a groundbreaking alternative to invasive surgeries for cancer prevention.

Care urged before banning people entering NZ from the UK

Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Government should be careful about banning people entering New Zealand from specific countries based on the presence of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, given most countries are not testing for variants, University of Otago experts say.

Diverse Pathology researchers united by Marsden success

Thursday 17 December 2020

Almost a quarter of the $17.5 million in Marsden funding recently awarded to the University of Otago was shared among five researchers in the Dunedin and Christchurch based Pathology departments.

Marsden Grants for Wellington research

Monday 14 December 2020

Three researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have received grants from the Marsden Fund to conduct research into topics ranging from tissue grafting to youth substance use to energy use in a warming world.

Long-serving manager of OMS to retire

Monday 7 December 2020

Bruce Smith, who is retiring as manager of the Otago Medical School, says he is proud to have played his part over a long career.

Travel Medicine in a time of COVID

Thursday 3 December 2020

With COVID-19 vaccines now on the horizon, a travel doctor and convenor of the travel medicine programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, is urging general practice staff to undertake further study to upgrade their travel medicine skills.

2020 Bioengineering Showcase goes hybrid

Tuesday 1 December 2020

A decision was made early to offer the 2020 Bioengineering Showcase as a hybrid-platform event with physical venues in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington, and including virtual participation using Zoom. The current covid-19 situation has invited innovative adaptation from us all!

Pioneering better tools for managing type 1 diabetes

Thursday 26 November 2020

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and Dr Sara Styles are involved in a number of initiatives aimed at improving the management of type 1 diabetes, a disease that primarily affect children.

Significant psychological toll from COVID-19 lockdown

Thursday 5 November 2020

Research published today has confirmed the nationwide Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown had a significant toll on New Zealanders’ well-being, especially for younger people – but the results were not all negative.

New Zealand MedTech Imaging Showcase announced

Thursday 5 November 2020

The NZ MedTech Imaging Showcase will highlight the capabilities of NZ companies in the MedTech space. Find out how major companies, such as MARS Bioimaging, Volpara Health Technologies Ltd, ARANZ Medical and others are making their mark in the global arena.

Eliminating COVID-19: what the world can learn from NZ and Taiwan

Thursday 22 October 2020

Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.

Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor to leave after a decade

Thursday 8 October 2020

The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021.  Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Christchurch students focus on wellbeing

Monday 5 October 2020

Medical students in Christchurch spent a week of September focusing on the importance of wellbeing both in their student lives and in their future clinician roles.

Find out why Sir Eion Edgar supports health research

Thursday 1 October 2020

Sir Eion Edgar, benefactor and advisory board chair for the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, is an avid supporter of health research. A recent interview offers insight into why supporting research is important to him.

Making a world of difference

Thursday 1 October 2020

University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.

Digital health programmes for diabetes - are they effective?

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Professor Jeremy Krebs, Endocrinologist and EDOR researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, was part of the research team who carried out a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a digital health programme for self-management of diabetes and prediabetes

Self-harm content on Instagram: “self-harm or self-help?”

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Instagram users who post self-harm content online are choosing ambiguous hashtags in an attempt to circumvent the social media platform’s ban on harmful content, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the HRC’s new Health Delivery Research portfolio.

Department of Medicine in the media

Friday 11 September 2020

Members of the department have made appearances in TV and newspaper articles over the past couple of weeks, giving a spotlight to their areas of research.

Professor John Broughton Retires

Monday 24 August 2020

Professor John Broughton (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga), who has now retired from his position in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM).

Infectious diseases expert awarded University’s highest honour

Thursday 20 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged global co-operation and highlighted the importance of science-based policy in preventing the devastating impact on communities and economies by novel infectious diseases, according to the winner of the University of Otago’s highest honour.

Christchurch researchers secure lion’s share of new health funding

Friday 14 August 2020

Christchurch researchers investigating the ongoing impact of mosque attacks, a better test for Legionnaires’ disease, and ways of predicting dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients are among the recipients of more than $830,000 of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) funding.

Is intermittant fasting for you?

Wednesday 5 August 2020

EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor has been interviewed by RNZ on the use of intermittant fasting.

Updates from the NTMHRU, post COVID-19

Monday 3 August 2020

Welcome back to our tauira! We hope you are looking forward to semester two studies and catching up with your mates. If you need support, come and see us and/or apply for the tautoko hardship fund. Read more about the Māori response to COVID-19 and Urutā in this article too. 

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

Tuesday 30 June 2020

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

COVID vaccine role for Christchurch Dean

Tuesday 23 June 2020

University of Otago, Christchurch Dean and infectious disease expert Professor David Murdoch has been asked to formally support the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine development effort.

University offers training in refugee and migrant health

Friday 5 June 2020

A post-graduate course on refugee and migrant health being run by the University of Otago, Wellington is offering primary health care professionals the opportunity to improve their training in the area, ahead of a likely increase in the number of refugees coming to the country.

EDOR contributes to global cholesterol study in Nature

Wednesday 3 June 2020

Professor Jim Mann, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre Co-Director, and EDOR member Associate Professor Rachael McLean, have contributed to the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels, published in the prestigious journal Nature.

HRC Emerging Researcher grants for EDOR members

Friday 29 May 2020

The HRC announced their 2020 Emerging Researcher grant recipients this week and EDOR members feature in two of the eight grants awarded to University of Otago applicants.

Teens shocked by suicide portrayal in ‘13 Reasons Why’ study finds

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Teenagers interviewed about their views on the suicide portrayed in the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why report being shocked by the graphic detail of the scene, which they saw as excessive, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

Monday 18 May 2020

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.

Otago researchers fast-track app for bowel disease sufferers in new COVID-19 era

Wednesday 13 May 2020

The advent of COVID-19 has resulted in University of Otago researchers, in collaboration with others in New Zealand, fast-tracking development of a smartphone application (app) to help improve care for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (also called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), as fewer of them will be able to meet with specialists.

Marine Studies Centre Activities go online 

Wednesday 6 May 2020

For more than 20 years, Otago's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) has played a key role connecting communities with their local marine environment through a wide range of outreach and education programmes and resources. Now it is doing the same thing - online.

Participate in the COVID-19 food survey

Thursday 30 April 2020

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research member Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Victoria University of Wellington, is involved in a worldwide survey on how COVID-19 has changed the way we cook and eat.

Christchurch staff continue Te Reo lessons online

Monday 20 April 2020

Professor Doug Sellman of the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus runs a weekly te reo Māori class for his colleagues. These are continuing via Zoom during lockdown. Communications Adviser Kim Thomas is one of about 20 Christchurch staff taking part and shares her experiences with the Otago Bulletin Board.

Professor David Murdoch discusses a COVID-19 vaccine

Thursday 16 April 2020

What is the likelihood of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed and how long will the process take? Professor David Murdoch, Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, addressed these questions in a recent online summit.