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News and events at the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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.

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Adam Chau awarded BMS Dean's Prize for Summer Scholarship report

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:14am

Adam Chau has been awarded the School of Biomedical Sciences Dean's Prize (1st=) for the best Summer Scholarship report for 2017/2018. The report is titled 'The Cardioprotective Potential of a Novel Organic CO-Donor as a Preconditioning Agent', under the supervision of Assoc Prof Ivan Sammut.

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Toxicology grants support wide ranging research

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.

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Recent Promotion - Dr John Ashton

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 8:02am

The department would like to congratulate John Ashton on being promoted to Associate Professor.

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2017 Postgraduate Student Research Awards

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 7:59am

Congratulations to the following students:

Best Postgraduate Student Paper – Orleans Martey (Rosengren Lab Group)
Most Promising New Researcher (400 Level) – Abigail Bland (Ashton Lab Group)
Developing New Researcher (400 Level) – Stephanie Thwaite (Sammut Lab Group)

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Marsden Success for Associate Professor Ivan Sammut and Dr Joanne Harrison

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 3:04pm

Associate Professor Ivan Sammut and Dr Joanne Harrison have obtained a grant for $910,000 from the Marsden Fund.

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Associate Professor John Ashton awarded BMS Academic Staff Support funding

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 3:14pm

Associate Professor John Ashton has been awarded a BMS Academic Staff Support fund of $199,639.

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Professor Paul Smith and Dr Yiwen Zheng receive BRNZ funding

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 2:56pm

Professor Paul Smith and Dr Yiwen Zheng have received two grants from Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ), in collaboration with other researchers at the University of Otago

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Professor Rhonda Rosengren and Dr Belinda Cridge have been awarded Seed funding

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 7:57am

Professor Rhonda Rosengren and Dr Belinda Cridge have been awarded Seed funding for growing toxicology collaborations across the Divisions of the University.

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Researcher Dr Belinda Cridge receives MBIE funding

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:24am

Dr Belinda Cridge has been awarded a MBIE Nation of Curious Minds grant for the Koneki project - working with Māori youth to use augmented reality to tell their ancestral stories, $19,052.

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Dr John Ashton appointed Chair of EACD

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 8:03am

Dr John Ashton who has been appointed Chair of the governmental Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD). This is a ministerial appointment to the committee that decides on the classification of controlled drugs in NZ.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:51am

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

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Augmented reality: an education tool for the future

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 4:22pm

The University of Otago has come up with a clever new learning tool using augmented reality technology that could be a world-first.