Monday, 23 April 2018 8:24pm
In the coming decades, more and more New Zealand communities will be exposed to flooding and coastal erosion made worse by climate change. A new report and research by an Otago academic highlights what we need to do to prepare.
Monday, 16 April 2018 2:22pm
A Wellington campus Senior Lecturer and GP is beginning her PhD examining whether a health practitioner drawing a picture to help describe a medical situation impacts on a patient’s health outcome.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 9:04pm
Otago Paediatric Endocrinologist Ben Wheeler has secured a $106,000 research grant to undertake a world-first trial to assess teenage diabetics’ use of new glucose monitoring technology.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 2:31pm
Studies into inflammation, brain activity analysis, and diabetic heart disease have all received a boost from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:26am
A research project in Otago’s Department of Food Science has the potential to solve the global environmental issue of plastic packaging.
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 9:05pm
Microbiology and Immunology researcher Dr Htin Lin Aung is one of the four latest Otago recipients of a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Research Fellowship. He spoke to the Bulletin Board about his work.
Monday, 25 September 2017 12:44pm
Dr Mariska Kappmeier has been trying to define the nature of trust, and the five dimensional model she has come up with is a global first for intergroup conflict studies.
Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:29pm
On 26 November 2014 Dunedin was named New Zealand’s first Gigatown – winning a 13 month-long competition to receive the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere. Now, a Senior Lecturer from Otago’s Department of Media Film and Communication has been examining the use of a competition to allocate broadband resources and digital infrastructure.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 9:09pm
Otago Human Nutrition researchers are seeking staff members and PhD students who spend most of their day sitting at their desk for a new study into patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in people working in sedentary occupations.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm
Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.
Monday, 7 August 2017 9:42pm
University staff are being invited to contribute to Otago research into how separated parents make arrangements for the care of their children.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 9:30pm
People are on the move more now than ever before, but what is the true effect of mobility on society?
Thursday, 18 May 2017 8:59pm
Fresh insights into a rare but lethal human genetic disorder have been gained by New Zealand scientists studying the equivalent condition in sheep.
Thursday, 6 April 2017 12:02pm
Otago Physiotherapy researchers are looking for people who might sell them their Wii Fit gaming consoles, so they can complete an “exergaming” intervention study.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 4:49pm
A study of the support and treatment of Māori men with prostate cancer involving University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers has received more than $500,000.
Thursday, 9 February 2017 10:32pm
Otago research which examines the smoking habits of James Bond and his associates has gained widespread media attention, and is the subject of a British Medical Journal (BMJ) podcast.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 8:52am
Final year Otago PhD student Sean Mackay has received a $25,000 grant to aid the development of ‘Squish’, a targeted treatment for strawberry birthmarks which affect approximately 1 in 10 infants.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016 8:44pm
A new environmental simulation suite at the University’s Wellington campus will help researchers test ideas such as whether modern office environments might be contributing to the world’s growing obesity rates.
Friday, 14 October 2016 9:22am
After nearly year and a half in the US helping fine-tune the efficiency of eBay’s search engine, Computer Science’s Associate Professor Andrew Trotman has just returned to Otago, rebooting his ambitious information retrieval research.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 8:53am
Scientists from the University of Otago and the Netherlands are continuing to unlock the secrets of a surprisingly flexible bacterial immune system, called CRISPR-Cas.
Friday, 7 October 2016 12:24pm
Promoting year-round healthy levels of outdoor activity by New Zealand children will require changing social norms about playing outside in winter, new research suggests.
Thursday, 29 September 2016 8:51am
An international award to Associate Professor Jacques van der Meer, Associate Dean of the College of Education, reiterates the value of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) programmes.
Monday, 5 September 2016 10:51am
A Department of Chemistry researcher has been awarded more than $80,000 to develop an innovative technology for controlled drug release based on mechanically-sensitive gels.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:42pm
University of Otago scientists have been awarded nearly $572,000 in research funding in the National Heart Foundation’s latest funding round.
Monday, 22 August 2016 12:57pm
Experimental work to improve the resilience of vulnerable sand dunes at South Dunedin’s St Kilda Beach fulfils Otago Geography Master’s student Tom Simons-Smith’s desire for his research to directly benefit people.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 4:14pm
Researchers from the University’s Wellington campus have started working with camera and GPS-wearing children in Tonga.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016 4:21pm
Two Otago Anatomy PhD bioarchaeologists have been accepted for coveted postdoctorate positions at the new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany.
Monday, 1 August 2016 9:23am
School of Pharmacy Senior Lecturer Dr Greg Walker has received a $25,000 grant from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund to aid his mission to protect our crops from pests without using harmful chemicals.
Thursday, 28 July 2016 5:34pm
The University has signed up to become a member of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Australia’s largest life science venture fund.
Friday, 22 July 2016 4:53pm
Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.
Friday, 15 July 2016 12:38pm
A web camera will show the progress on a new home for University of Otago’s world-renowned longitudinal Dunedin Study to people at the Slice of Life exhibition about the project, at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 8:23am
The Christchurch Heart Institute has joined forces with Ryman Healthcare and the Heart Foundation in a three¬-year clinical research study to identify the prevalence of heart disease in Ryman Healthcare retirement villages.
Monday, 4 July 2016 3:13pm
Work is starting on a new purpose-built home for the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, on the University of Otago’s campus in Dunedin.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 8:00am
A major study is examining how domestic power use may change with future technology, and how that will affect power supply and prices.
Thursday, 23 June 2016 9:55am
A new study shows an interprofessional rural health programme the University runs on the East Coast near Gisborne is highly successful for students, patients and the local community.
Monday, 20 June 2016 8:54am
An engineered enzyme with the potential to create a simple method of testing for DNA mutations in the field — rather than in a lab — has won the 2016 Otago Innovation Limited Proof of Concept Grant competition.
Sunday, 12 June 2016 9:20am
“In the space of a few decades, Government-led reform has brought about a drop in rates of people smoking and a turn-around in society’s attitude. Now is the time that similar reforms occur with alcohol to reduce the enormous harm alcohol is causing New Zealand.” Professor Doug Sellman.
Monday, 6 June 2016 8:51am
A programme to help obese hip and knee patients lose weight before surgery has led to some of them avoiding surgery all together, better post-surgical outcomes, and improvements in people’s overall health.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 9:23am
The Government’s announcement of $97M in extra funding for health research over the next four years has been warmly welcomed by the University.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 8:37am
Professor Robert Walker has been awarded the prestigious Dunedin School of Medicine Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence.
Friday, 13 May 2016 3:57pm
Two innovative Otago researchers have been selected as finalists in the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 9:24am
Construction of a new $49.8M facility to support Otago’s animal-based research and teaching is set to begin in August.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 4:38pm
The high level of interest in building links between human and animal health research sectors in New Zealand was so obvious during a recent infectious diseases symposium that it could become a regular event.
Friday, 29 April 2016 10:24am
An Otago researcher is a co-author of a major new report on the many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.
Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:35am
Female entrepreneurs juggling their children, households and their growing businesses do not necessarily need more access to childcare, but many would like more help around the house¸ an Otago study has discovered.
Monday, 18 April 2016 8:44am
A company created from revolutionary University research - that aims to tap into a global market worth about $1.5 billion - says having won Proof of Concept competition funding helped make the research package an attractive proposition for commercialisation.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 9:07am
Otago research into the health of Kiwi Vietnam War veterans is sparking hope it will help them get better treatment.
Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:27pm
Geography’s Dr Nicolas Cullen has been awarded two grants to do a research project in Germany aimed at teasing out the key atmospheric processes controlling both glacier advance and retreat in the Southern Alps.
Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:54am
Thousands more funding possibilities are available for University staff and students.
Thursday, 3 March 2016 11:39am
A Department of Chemistry researcher has received Government funding for an international research collaboration working on third-generation solar cells that produce clean, low-cost energy.
Thursday, 8 October 2015 8:53am
A Christchurch campus researcher is trialling a drug used for depression as a possible treatment for patients suffering chronic osteoarthritic pain.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:12pm
Interdisciplinary research involving University of Otago geographers and zoologists has highlighted the great biodiversity of New Zealand neighbourhoods and the opportunities they provide city-dwelling children, but it has also pinpointed hindrances they face in connecting with nature in their neighbourhood.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 7:58pm
Becoming more specific about the numbers of new Te Reo Māori speakers needed to turn around a decline of the language is at the heart of new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:07pm
An anaesthetist at the University’s Wellington campus has created a state-of-the-art monitoring system that warns of potential patient issues in plain spoken English.
Friday, 12 June 2015 4:55pm
A new state-of-the-art electromagnet is set to boost Otago research working towards creating components for futuristic quantum computers.
Monday, 8 June 2015 2:17pm
The University of Otago/NIWA Research Centre for Oceanography has had a brand new shipping container turned into a clean laboratory for use on board research vessels – keeping New Zealand on the map internationally for research on marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:29pm
Participants are being sought for a University of Otago study looking at New Zealanders’ expectations of how long they will live and what they will die from, and how that might impact their health behaviours.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 4:27pm
New research from Otago's Department of Marketing could have you thinking twice about how you buy your clothes.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 9:03pm
Novel Otago-led research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has brought new understanding of the cellular mechanisms that help plants maintain their chromosome content following sexual reproduction. And this understanding may lead to better forms of plant and crop breeding in the future.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 8:51pm
Apps that record pupils’ step-by-step working and reasoning on maths problems are proving to be effective teaching tools, with the potential for wider uses.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:58pm
Social jetlag, which is basically defined as the difference in sleep pattern between work days and weekend, has been linked to metabolic dysfunction and obesity in recently published research from Otago’s Dunedin Longitudinal Study.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 8:54pm
Managing student and teacher emotion is key to developing thinking in small groups, Otago research suggests.
Monday, 25 August 2014 9:44pm
A new study from the University's Wellington campus identifies a top 10 list of movies that medical students can view for self-directed learning around mental health conditions.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014 8:08am
A study from the University’s Wellington campus suggests that tighter restrictions around outdoor smoking at restaurants may be needed to protect the health of both patrons and staff members.
Friday, 27 June 2014 8:07am
Those who speak in short simple sentences are perceived to be more honest, Otago research has discovered.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 8:07am
Latest research from the College of Education could lead to a new way of thinking about how children learn to read.
Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:07am
New University of Otago research has found that many drowning deaths could be prevented if people learned to wait out the body’s initial shock response to cold water.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 8:07am
Otago research suggests those managing scarce resources could learn a lot from pre-colonial Ngāi Tahu.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 8:07am
The New Zealand Government’s investment in HPV vaccination for girls is a “good value-for-money” way to protect health, a just-published study by the University of Otago Wellington shows.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:16am
Mental health problems are common in New Zealand, and GPs are often the first port of call for help. Those severely affected will be offered treatment in secondary care, but for the many more whose stress is mild or moderate, access to psychological therapies can be limited. An exciting University of Otago Wellington initiative is responding to GPs’ need for resources to ensure such people don’t fall through the cracks.
Friday, 7 March 2014 11:16am
In late 2012, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at The Jack Dodd Centre for Quantum Technology.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 8:07am
Biochemistry’s Professor Catherine Day was amongst several researchers whose groundbreaking work was highlighted as part of celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the Marsden Fund this week.
Monday, 17 February 2014 8:07am
The University of Otago’s research vessel the RV Polaris has sailed to the Auckland Islands on an expedition to track climate indicators recorded in sediment deposited on the floor of the Fiords and lakes within the eastern margin of the Islands.
Thursday, 13 February 2014 8:07am
Severe skin reactions during radiation therapy could be prevented by applying a thin transparent silicone dressing to the skin from the first day of treatment, a clinical trial shows.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 8:07am
The site of New Zealand’s first mission station and its first classroom has been revealed during two years of fieldwork and research led by University of Otago archaeologists, uncovering plentiful details about the daily lives of our first permanent European settlers.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 8:07am
Researchers at the Universities of Otago and Sydney predicted the current atrocities in the Central African Republic, based on their own forecasting model.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 8:07am
Dr Suetonia Palmer’s work to rationalise the multitudes of kidney disease data assists decision-making for patients and doctors.
Monday, 20 January 2014 2:33pm
A Christchurch professor is researching ways to reduce the impact of obesity on surgical waiting lists by helping individuals with weight issues.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 8:06am
The official height of New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, is set to fall by 30 metres, following new measurements by University of Otago researchers.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 8:06am
Christchurch Professor Doug Sellman and his team are trialling a new, non-surgical treatment for those with obesity called Kia Akina.
Monday, 13 January 2014 8:06am
New light has been shed on the brain processes involved in judging multi-racial individuals thanks to a collaborative research project between the University of Otago and the University of California, San Diego.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 8:06am
For University of Otago Wellington’s Dr Tristram Ingham and his team of research assistants working to understand the causes of acute respiratory infection in childhood, camaraderie and a sense of fun have helped them deal with the heartbreaking seriousness of the study.
Friday, 22 November 2013 8:06am
Late last year, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at Genetics Otago.
Monday, 18 November 2013 8:06am
Dr Coppell, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues from the University’s Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research have found that by following a better diet, people with pre-diabetes are much less likely to go on to develop the disease, and people who already have diabetes will have better control of their disease, preventing the onset and progression of complications.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 8:06am
University of Otago Wellington Professor Brett Delahunt led a team of international researchers who have changed the WHO classification of renal tumours.
Friday, 8 November 2013 8:06am
Late last year, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at The Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research.
Friday, 25 October 2013 8:06am
Late last year, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at the Centre for Society, Governance & Science.
Friday, 11 October 2013 8:06am
Late last year, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at the Centre for Sustainability.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013 8:05am
Late last year, the University formally recognised 14 Research Centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at the Centre for Translational Cancer Research.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013 8:05am
On Sunday, members of the Dunedin community did their bit for Otago research seeking to improve our understanding of New Zealand’s genetic history.
Monday, 30 September 2013 8:05am
Earlier this year, Professor James Flynn delivered his TED2013 talk titled "Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents".
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 8:05am
Late last year the University formally recognised 14 research centres. Designation as a Research Centre signals the excellence and coherence of the research group's endeavours. Continuing our Research Centre Series, the Bulletin takes a look at the Sir John Walsh Research Institute.
Friday, 6 September 2013 8:05am
Are peaches, Caesar salad and chocolate masculine or feminine foods? These and other issues around gender, food and sex stereotyping have recently been investigated by Dr Shelagh Ferguson of Marketing.
Monday, 2 September 2013 8:05am
Many see a owning a “crib” as a retreat from the stresses of city life, research by PhD candidate Trudie Walters has found.
Friday, 30 August 2013 8:05am
Scientists at the Brain Health Research Centre at the University of Otago are undertaking cutting-edge international research into the workings of the brain, brain disease, and developing new treatments for neurological disorders.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 8:05am
The state of New Zealand’s public toilet facilities caught the imagination of journalists around the country recently – prompted by Wellington campus research.
Friday, 23 August 2013 8:05am
Eating two kiwifruit a day can improve a person’s mood and give them extra energy, new research from the Christchurch campus shows.
Monday, 19 August 2013 8:05am
New findings from the Housing and Health Research Programme show even small changes in indoor temperatures affect children’s lungs.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 8:05am
A policy brief by the Director of the Injury Prevention Research Unit at Otago has discouraged the need for increased penalties as the answer to motorists convicted of careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Monday, 29 July 2013 8:05am
An Otago study shows that the tell-tale legacy in rural South Island areas of pesticides banned many years ago remains, regardless of the type of sheep and beef farming now taking place on the land.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 8:04am
University of Otago researchers are using a novel technique to find out how walking a dog influences a person’s well being – hitting the pavements with their participants and their dogs.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 8:04am
Otago's Professor Michael Eccles has gained Health Research Council (HRC) funding to investigate a new way to measure the aggressiveness of cancer cells using circular polarised light.
Monday, 6 May 2013 8:04am
Two University of Otago scientists have been awarded Emerging Researcher First Grants by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013 8:04am
The journal Marine Biology has highlighted an Otago Marine Science research paper about tube worms for the matters it raises about ocean acidification.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 8:04am
A new study looks to reduce health risks for VSA and police volunteers overseas.
Monday, 25 March 2013 8:04am
An Otago father and son research team have determined that companies charging up to $2000 to help prospective medical students pass a selection test do not deliver on their promises.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013 8:04am
A new, free, online educational resource has been developed by health researchers from the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice in Wellington for learning about addiction directly from people who have experienced it.
Friday, 1 March 2013 8:04am
Otago’s New Zealand Marine Studies Centre is launching ‘Marine Metre Squared’ - a nationwide project to bring scientists and the community together in monitoring the animals and plants found on the nation’s rocky shores.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 8:04am
Researchers from Otago’s Wellington Asthma Research Group investigating new methods to help people stop smoking say that New Zealand urgently needs new approaches.