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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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”.

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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.

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New discovery could help prevent preterm birth in at-risk pregnant women

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:58pm

Otago University researchers have discovered a new trigger that stimulates the release of oxytocin from the brain in pregnancy – the hormone responsible for contracting the uterus during birth.

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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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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.

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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.

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Adult stem cell types’ heart repair potential probed

Friday, 25 November 2016 10:17am

New University of Otago research is providing fresh insights into how a patient’s adult stem cells could best be used to regenerate their diseased hearts.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.