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News and events at the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

On-campus support and prevention services combatting sexual violence

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 4:08pm

The statistics back up the critical need for the services the University’s sexual violence support and prevention centre, Te Whare Tāwharau, provides.

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International student Yi Zhen Tan graduates with so much more than a Master’s

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 10:37am

“Dare to dream, dare to commit, and dare to make it come true,” says Yi Zhen Tan, as she reflects on the recent completion of her Master’s at the University of Otago.

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PhD graduate Jamie Kok on using seaweed to fight skin disease

Friday, 16 December 2022 3:18pm

Could seaweed be a part of the next treatment for eczema?

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Five Otago researchers win at Queenstown and Sydney conferences

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 11:14am

The achievements of five emerging Otago researchers have been recognised at recent conferences.

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Restarting studies brings passionate master’s graduand full circle

Thursday, 18 August 2022 3:20pm

This week’s graduation is a case of back to the future for Master of Accounting and Finance graduand Muhammad Zahid Hanif.

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Challenges overcome to achieve doctorate

Thursday, 18 August 2022 3:57pm

School of Biomedical Sciences researcher Jamie Manning is proud to have overcome several challenges to become the first member of his family to gain a PhD.

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Ajay Kumar, a graduate with a strong sense of community

Thursday, 12 May 2022 8:25am

A recently graduated pharmacist has plans to branch out beyond the 'traditional path'.

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Celebrating multilingualism on Chinese Language Day

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 4:14pm

Growth is a natural part of the learning experience at the University of Otago but add in the challenge of speaking an entirely different language and that experience is magnified.

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Seven Otago academics elected Royal Society Fellows

Friday, 18 March 2022 8:24am

Seven University of Otago staff are among the new Fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement.

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Dr Abigail Bland, Dr Linda Buss and Dr Arthur Morley-Bunker: recipients of Accelerator Grants

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 11:43am

In August this year, 15 early and mid-career researchers received an Accelerator Grant from the Division of Health Sciences. 

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Students shave for a cause

Friday, 29 October 2021 11:52am

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology supporting migraine treatment

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 9:13am

Professor Debbie Hay shares her research into G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and how understanding their responses to drugs could help in the treatment of migraine. 

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Recent PhD graduate discusses how diabetes drug could aid lung cancer sufferers

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 7:57am

Dr Abigail Bland can be found in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, looking at how the diabetes drug metformin can be repurposed for a subtype of lung cancer. 

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Professor Neil Gemmell named Dean of School of Biomedical Sciences 

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:18am

Professor Neil Gemmell takes over as Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences next year. 

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Ones to Watch: Rebekah Amitrano

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:55am

“I’ve known for a long time that I want to do something that helps people and I decided law was a way of helping many people at once.”

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Four researchers in top one per cent of citations 

Thursday, 21 January 2021 11:03am

Four Otago researchers have been named on the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list for 2020.

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Food peels pure science for new PhD graduate

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 2:23pm

Some people turn their fruit and vege peels into compost. Some turn them into garbage. But new University of Otago PhD graduate Dr Risha Jasmine Nathan has spent the last three and a half years learning how to turn those peels into purifiers.

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Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School

Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am

A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.

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Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:21pm

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.

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Otago scientist fears many Kiwis unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer

Thursday, 5 September 2019 9:08am

A University of Otago scientist is concerned there could be a considerable number of Kiwis unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer as Pharmac is looking to fund Alecensa, a drug to treat this particular cancer.

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Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States

Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:04pm

Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.

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Otago scientists urge caution in creating a new class of medicine to cater for cannabis

Friday, 3 May 2019 10:39am

Following the Government’s move to increase access to medicinal cannabis, two University of Otago scientists are cautioning that in any future changes cannabis products should be held to the same standards as other medicines.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:20am

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Otago research group joins Silent Leadership Challenge

Monday, 24 September 2018 9:47am

Getting your point across around the table can be difficult at the best of times but members of a research group in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Otago made it even harder for themselves on Friday.

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Synthetic cannabis under spotlight for new Pharmacology head

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 9:23pm

Recent media publicity about the huge spike in the number of people dying from synthetic cannabis is of no surprise to the new Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Professor Michelle Glass.