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News and events at the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.