Hormone found to regulate mothers’ behaviour
Monday, 21 February 2022 9:48am
University of Otago researchers have discovered a new function for the hormone prolactin – it limits a new mum’s investment in aggressive behaviour and instead focusses them on interacting with their babies.
Otago announces Professorial promotions for 2022
Monday, 22 November 2021 10:28am
Twenty-eight University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.
Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding
Monday, 31 May 2021 3:33pm
Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.
Distance and finances, big barriers for study
Friday, 21 May 2021 11:39am
A scholarship can help a person discover their potential – a gift which one student plans to give for years to come.
Discovery for treatment of heart disease in type-2 diabetics
Friday, 12 March 2021 9:50am
University of Otago researchers have discovered one of the reasons why more than 50 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes die from heart disease.
Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41am
University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.
Study identifies exercise as key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 11:15am
An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading on to heart disease.
Kiwi start-up to target drug cheats in sport with innovative technology
Wednesday, 5 August 2020 10:48am
The world of drug-cheating in sports is set for major disruption with the formation of InsituGen, a start-up company which will supply anabolic drug testing kits developed at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
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.
Health of truck drivers and evening TV binge-watchers under Otago researchers’ spotlight
Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am
The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.
Otago researcher’s discovery paves way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:36am
A University of Otago researcher has made an innovative discovery which paves the way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure.
Biomedical Sciences awards recognise outstanding Physiology staff
Monday, 16 December 2019 2:51pm
Three Physiology staff were amongst the winners at the School of Biomedical Sciences annual awards this week.
30 new Professors for the University of Otago
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm
Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
Dr Karl Iremonger named 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Research Medal winner
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:47am
Dunedin neuroscientist and physiologist Dr Karl Iremonger has been awarded the 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.
Otago researchers call for gender binary in elite sports to be abandoned to cater for trans-athletes
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:50am
Existing gender categories in sport should perhaps be abandoned in favour of a more 'nuanced' approach in the new transgender era, University of Otago researchers say.
Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 3:36pm
Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project "Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”
Cycle Challenge to help Heart Foundation
Friday, 28 June 2019 9:20am
Cycling at the end of July may not be everybody's cup of tea but when you are raising money for the Heart Foundation and doing it indoors, anyone can join in – and you don't even have to wear lycra!
Neuroscientist awarded Neurological Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Monday, 10 December 2018 10:12am
Department of Physiology researcher, Dr Joon Kim, was recently awarded a Wrightson Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.
Otago researchers discover a promising therapy for improving heart attack survivorship
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 9:14am
In pre-clinical trials, University of Otago researchers have discovered a promising new therapy that has the potential to be used clinically for improving survival rates for people who suffer a heart attack.
Student research recognised internationally
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 3:56pm
Lorna Daniels was last night awarded the PhD Student Research Publication Prize at the AUPS annual meeting 2018 in Sydney.
Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research
Monday, 17 September 2018 12:20pm
Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research
$5 million boost for Otago team’s quest to restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder
Friday, 22 June 2018 9:58am
A University of Otago research team whose ultimate goal is to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), has received a significant boost with an almost $5 million grant from the Health Research Council.
Otago research finds a little exercise does a lot of good for ageing muscles
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:16am
Getting old doesn’t necessarily mean getting weak and frail – just a little bit of exercise can help maintain muscle mass and strength, Otago research has revealed.
New clues to help restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder
Monday, 9 April 2018 4:58pm
Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Dahlia-based diabetes drug developed by Physiology researcher ready for human trials
Friday, 23 March 2018 3:45pm
In partnership with Plant and Food Research, researchers will soon begin human trials of a drug made from dahlias.
Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease
Friday, 5 January 2018 11:26am
The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.
Landmark study from Otago clarifies brain's role in fertility control
Friday, 10 November 2017 12:49pm
Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round
Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am
University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.
Otago health researchers gain career development awards
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am
Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.
Undeclared steroids found in products sold in NZ
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:25pm
Athletes and the body-conscious beware – at least six sports supplements on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain anabolic steroids not declared on their labels.
Great success for Physiology at Queenstown Research Week
Monday, 11 September 2017 2:43pm
Department of Physiology staff and students were awarded prizes at Queenstown Research Week which ran from 2-9 September. Congratulations to the following:
Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant
Thursday, 7 September 2017 2:39pm
Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project “Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”.
Congratulations to Lorna Daniels, PhD
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 8:44am
Lorna Daniels’ PhD thesis has made the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.
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.
Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm
The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.
Otago scientists gain Neurological Foundation funding
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:02pm
Several University of Otago researchers have gained funding to pursue innovative projects in the Neurological Foundation’s latest grant round announced today.
Hormone’s effect on neurons linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 8:41am
University of Otago researchers are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may act in the brain to cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.
“Hunger hormone” may treat severe peripheral artery disease
Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:39am
A new study by a team of researchers from the University of Otago and Japan suggests that the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin could be used clinically for the early treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), an advanced form of peripheral artery disease.
Otago research shows which neurons flip fertility master switch
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 10:46am
New Zealand scientists have achieved another milestone in their world-leading efforts to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s master control of fertility.
Heart Foundation funds University of Otago research projects
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:43am
University of Otago researchers have been awarded grants to pursue six research projects in the latest annual National Heart Foundation funding round announced today.
Otago researchers set to develop new diabetes treatment
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:32am
A nutraceutical developed by University of Otago researchers that could help type II diabetes patients enjoy better regulation of their blood sugar levels has won the University’s 2015 Proof of Concept grant.
Molecular discovery paves way for new diabetic heart disease treatments
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:17pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes, a breakthrough finding opening the way for new treatments to combat the disease in diabetic patients by targeting a key protein.
Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:20am
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Otago scientist helps develop new tools to probe mysteries of the brain
Friday, 6 March 2015 2:25pm
A University of Otago researcher is part of an international collaboration that has developed an exciting and expansive new set of tools to probe cell types in the brain.
Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation
Friday, 30 January 2015 9:06am
Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new University of Otago-led study suggests.
Scientists discover why too much salt raises blood pressure
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:18am
An international research team that includes University of Otago scientists has found that excessive salt intake “reprogrammes” the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body’s arterial blood pressure from rising.
Otago researcher wins Emerging Scientist Prize for brain cell findings
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:56pm
University of Otago physiology researcher Dr Karl Iremonger has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize in recognition of his discovery of a new brain cell structure and communication system.
Otago neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to moulding male brains
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:00am
Otago researchers have discovered that neural circuitry they previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation and maintaining fertility also plays a key role in moulding the male brain.
Otago gains state-of-the-art health research microscope
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 9:59am
University of Otago medical scientists will now be able to peer into the cells of the living brain for the first time to study the onset and progression of such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Using cutting edge tech at the bottom of the world
Friday, 7 March 2014 3:26pm
French PhD student Pauline Campos found high quality research a long way from home
Otago researchers make break-through in brain fertility control
Monday, 23 September 2013 9:41am
In a landmark discovery, the final piece in the puzzle of understanding how the brain circuitry vital to normal fertility in humans and other mammals operates has been put together by University of Otago researchers.
Otago student gains Woolf Fisher Scholarship to Cambridge University
Tuesday, 9 October 2012 9:56am
A top Otago medical student has gained a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship to support Cambridge University PhD study on blood flow regulation in brain-injured patients.
Otago academics made full professors
Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:49pm
Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.
Leading Otago neuroscientist awarded Distinguished Research Medal
Friday, 30 September 2011 8:45am
An internationally eminent researcher into how the brain controls fertility, Professor Allan Herbison, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest research honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.
Physiologist honoured for brain fertility research
Thursday, 19 November 2009 2:57pm
Otago physiologist Professor Allan Herbison has been awarded the Health Research Council's prestigious Liley medal in recognition of his groundbreaking research into how the brain controls fertility.
Excellence in early-career research recognised
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 2:56pm
Research and Enterprise Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne today announced this year's recipients of the University of Otago's Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.