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Research at Otago Medical School

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Discover dozens of research-intensive departments, centres, groups, and units.

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Medical education research

Research that informs innovation in the learning offered to medical students.

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Health Research South

A research partnership between Otago Medical School and Southern District Health Board.

Postgraduate research opportunities in the Division of Health Sciences

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Otago Medical School has a thriving research community, with active participation from all eight of our academic departments.

Many of our staff are world leaders in their areas of clinical or laboratory research.

An integral part of our culture, research at Otago Medical School takes a variety of forms: from supervision of short-term projects and postgraduate degrees, to overseeing major international research projects.

Research partnerships

Much of our research is undertaken in partnership with other organisations – including the Southern District Health Board, Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust, and the Otago Medical Research Foundation – and is administered by Health Research South.

Health Research South

Health Research South is the research partnership between Otago Medical School’s Dunedin campus and the Southern District Health Board. Situated next to the Dean’s Office on the first floor of Dunedin Hospital, it's the first point-of-call for all researchers at Dunedin Medical Campus.

Health Research South assists researchers with research policies, approval processes, and funding opportunities.

On behalf of the Dunedin Medical Campus, Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust, and the Otago Medical Research Foundation, it also receives donations for medical research from individual and incorporated donors.

Biostatistics Unit

The Biostatistics Unit is here to support our researchers with the highest quality biostatistical advice and collaboration. All biostatisticians in the unit are academic staff members who have expertise in providing advice and collaboration to researchers in the health sciences desciplines. As experts in research methods, we have expertise in all parts of the health research process in addition to biostatistical analyses.