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Scholarship winner driven to improve Māori mental health 

Thursday, 2 December 2021 10:30am

The first recipient of a prestigious scholarship named in honour of one of Aotearoa’s leading Māori health researchers says the award has enriched her academic and cultural journeys.

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Otago neuroscientist awarded global fellowship

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 8:42am

Receiving an international fellowship and being able to use the $25,000 award to further her studies into anxiety and mental health “means the world” to Dr Olivia Harrison.

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Perceptions of anxiety the focus for New Zealand Fellowship recipient

Monday, 22 November 2021 11:04am

Otago-based neuroscientist Dr Olivia Harrison has been awarded a global fellowship to further her research into understanding anxiety, and how the way we perceive mental health can in-turn influence our response.

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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.

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Breaking the disadvantage cycle: Why the first 1,000 days matter event

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 3:48pm

Four global experts will discuss the importance of the early years in breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.

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Anxiety impacts ability to perceive changes in our breathing – Otago researcher reveals

Thursday, 21 October 2021 9:39am

People with higher levels of anxiety have altered perceptions of their breathing, which can lead to even more anxiety, a University of Otago researcher has found.

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Otago researcher discovers first brain marker for an anxiety disorder

Thursday, 7 October 2021 9:35am

A University of Otago researcher has discovered a brain signal that will help improve the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.

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Dunedin Study recognised in the centennial year of Science News publication

Monday, 13 September 2021 1:28pm

The international contribution of the Dunedin Study has been recognised in the centennial year of Science New Publication.

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Te Pou Tiringa and the NCLR - successful recipients of 2021 MBIE Endeavour funding

Tuesday, 7 September 2021 2:02pm

Te Pou Tiringa and the NCLR are successful recipients of 2021 MBIE Endeavour Fund Smart Ideas Grant.

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Avatars may help elicit embarrassing information

Monday, 6 September 2021 10:06am

People would rather give information to other people, although an anonymous avatar might be preferred if the information being shared is embarrassing, University of Otago research has found.

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Recent findings on the transition to natural menopause: Christchurch Study

Thursday, 5 August 2021 2:06pm

The Christchurch Study recently investigated the transition to natural menopause among mid-life women at age 40 years.

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Professor Janice Murray retires with a “retrospective reflective” IPL

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 10:17am

Professor Janice Murray delivered her Inaugural Professorial Lecture the same week as her retirement.

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Journey from smoking to vaping variable – Otago academics

Thursday, 22 July 2021 9:03am

Persistence may be the key when quitting smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), commonly known as vaping, a University of Otago study found.

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World-first finding offers hope for psychosis sufferers

Thursday, 15 July 2021 10:03am

University of Otago scientists have opened the door to improved treatment of brain dysfunction which causes psychosis.

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Strong female characters

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 10:18am

What do you get when you cross the woman on the ten dollar note and punk rock? A musical of course.