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Otago “fusion” study measures psychological effects of Christchurch earthquake

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 10:31am

In the first experimental test of the potential of natural disasters to produce stronger bonds within a group, University of Otago researchers asked residents of Christchurch, New Zealand, to recall their experience of the city's devastating 2011 (Feb 22) earthquake.

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NCLR advisory group member to chair Govt panel on welfare system

Monday, 28 May 2018 2:06pm

NCLR advisory group member, Professor Cynthia (Cindy) Kiro, will chair a government appointed advisory panel that will come up with recommendations to improve the welfare system.

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Otago researchers claim inaugural Māori researcher fellowships

Monday, 30 April 2018 2:25pm

Two University of Otago researchers of Ngāpuhi descent are being rewarded with new prestigious four-year fellowships aimed at providing better health and well-being for Māori.

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Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research

Monday, 16 April 2018 2:31pm

Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

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Study reveals childhood factors which contribute to adult obesity

Friday, 23 March 2018 1:21pm

Otago researchers reveal childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese

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What helped and hindered Pacific university graduates to complete their degrees

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 1:36pm

A newly published National Centre for Lifecourse Research paper reveals factors that Pacific university graduates describe as having helped or hindered their degree completion.

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The NCLR is supporting a free community 2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series in Whangarei

Saturday, 3 March 2018 1:47pm

The NCLR is supporting a free Tai Tokerau speaker series at the Whangarei Library. NCLR Co-director Professor Richie Poulton will be talking about "The science of wellbeing for children and young people" on 11 April.

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Otago academic gains fresh insights into the inner workings of the brain

Monday, 26 February 2018 3:52pm

New discoveries into how information is stored in the brain have been made by a University of Otago researcher.

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Otago research defends SpongeBob

Thursday, 22 February 2018 9:07am

He may offer nothing but pure entertainment, but at least SpongeBob SquarePants’ fast and fantastical nature is not harming children, say University of Otago academics.

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First study published connecting challenges of food allergies with personality traits

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:26am

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground in the area of food allergies, with a study showing that personality traits impact people living with a food allergy published in the international medical journal Frontiers in Psychology.