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Otago scientist wins $50k animal research ethics award

Monday, 17 June 2019 12:34pm

University of Otago scientist Dr Damian Scarf has won a $50,000 grant for his novel research project which will see pigeons tested for cognitive abilities in a free-range environment, rather than in a laboratory.

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How poverty influences Māori and Pacific child obesity rates

Monday, 17 June 2019 2:28pm

New research has suggested that if Māori and Pacific four-year olds experienced the same family and neighbourhood conditions as their European counterparts, rates of obesity would drop by half for Māori - and by a third among Pacific kids.

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NCLR Investigator Joe Boden talks about how alcohol affects NZ society

Friday, 7 June 2019 2:40pm

NCLR Investigator, Associate Professor Joe Boden recently appeared on the AM show to discuss the toll that alcohol has on our society.

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Importance of the first 1000 days of life

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 2:16pm

Professor Richie Poulton recently spoke about the impact of the first 1000 days of life on longterm health, wellbeing, behaviour and socioeconomic outcomes.

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High cost means more than half of NZ's young adults don't access dental care

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 2:31pm

NCLR investigator Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent's recent article in the Conversation focuses on inequalities in dental care in New Zealand.

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Otago research links civic engagement to resilience

Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:45pm

Flowers, home-cooked meals and time were among the items donated in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks. A new University of Otago study has found these simple acts of kindness not only benefited victims, but strengthened the well-being and resilience of those giving them.

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Seeing is believing ... unfortunately 

Monday, 1 April 2019 10:41am

The University is excited to announce the launch of campus helicopter tours, under the capable captaincy of Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne.

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ScienceTeller bringing Afterlife experts to Otago

Thursday, 28 March 2019 8:02pm

Bringing science and storytelling together, the upcoming ScienceTeller 2019 exploring Science and the Afterlife, is the inspiration of the inquiring minds of Associate Professor Jesse Bering, Director of the Centre for Science Communication, and Professor Jamin Halberstadt of the Department of Psychology.

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Structured play helps toddlers self-regulate, altering their life course – Otago study

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:02am

Through simple games and day-to-day tasks, parents can help their children learn self-regulation, a skill considered essential for success, a University of Otago study has found.

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Proposal for 'cautious path' forward for changing cannabis laws by Otago researcher

Friday, 18 January 2019 4:35pm

Otago researcher and NCLR investigator Associate Professor Joseph Boden proposes a cautious path forward for changing cannabis law in New Zealand.

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High fiber carbohydrates associated with lower risk of many chronic non-communicable diseases

Thursday, 10 January 2019 4:31pm

NCLR investigator Dr Lisa Te Morenga recently led a study that found that high fiber carbohydrates are associated with lower risk of many chronic non-communicable diseases.