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Meetings of the Otago Medical School Research Society

Future meetings

  • 250th Scientific Meeting - Invited Speaker - 9 September 2019
  • 251st Scientific Meeting - Pre-Doctoral Meeting - 9 October 2019

Past meetings

Invited speakers


Professor Michelle Glass, Head of Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Otago: The scourge that is Synthetic Cannabinoids. Wednesday 5th December 2018, in celebration of the 247th Meeting of the Society.


Professor Parry Guilford, Director of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research at the University of Otago: The cause of cancer; and Dr Chris Jackson, Consultant Medical Oncologist at the University of Otago and Medical Director for the Cancer Society of New Zealand: Keytruda in melanoma: from bench to bedside, via the steps of parliament, in celebration of the 241st Meeting of the Society.


Professor Stephen McGarvey, Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology, Director, International Health Institute, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. Interdisciplinary perspectives on Samoan biological responses to modernization: Evolutionary, genetic, nutritional and sociocultural factors in celebration of the 235th Meeting of the Society.


Professor Dirk De Ridder, Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine, Otago Medical School, University of Otago, Common brain mechanisms in pain, tinnitus, Parkinson’s disease and depression: thalamocortical dysrhythmia in celebration of the 230th Meeting of the Society.


Professor Christine Theoret, Department of Veterinary Biomedicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada, Wound healing across the species; naturally occurring conditions that model those in man in celebration of the 224th Meeting of the Society. Sponsored by OMRF.


Professor Alastair Ferguson, Professor of Physiology, Queen's University Canada, Neurotransmitter roles for regulatory peptides in the paraventricular nucleus: ABCs of integrated autonomic control in celebration of the 218th Meeting of the Society.


Professor Melissa Little, Investigation the kidney: morphogenesis to regeneration. Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland.


Professor John McCall, McKenzie Chair of Clincial Science at the University of Otago and Clinical Leader of the Department of Surgical Sciences at the Dunedin Hospital, in celebration of the 206th Meeting of the Society. Nutrition and liver disease: a decade of clinical research.


Professor Don Roberton, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago, in celebration of the 204th Meeting of the Society. Immunistion: global needs and research contributions.


Professor Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate, University of Melbourne in celebration of the 200th Meeting of the Society. Winning in Science and Innovation.


Professor Franca Ronchese. The role of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. Malaghan Institute for Medical Research, Wellington.


Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School. Regulation of cancer stem cell behavior by Hedgehog signaling and the Gli code.


Professor Kurt Krause, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago . 'New protein crystallography capabilities at the University of Otago and a proposed CoRE in infectious diseases.

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Published proceedings of previous meetings

Abstracts of postgraduate student presentations are published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, and available online through the following links:

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