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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.

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TSB Community Trust award major research funding to NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:41am

NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa, has been awarded $870,000 from the TSB Community Trust. This is the trust's first step in strategic philanthropy. The hope for the project, a collaboration between Te Pou Tiringa and the NCLR, is that it will lead to better outcomes for Māori children and whānau.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:35am

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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NCLR forum brings together lifecourse experts

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:30am

Lifecourse research leaders from around the country met at St Margaret’s College at the University of Otago on Tuesday to discuss the future of lifecourse research in New Zealand.

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Otago study finds infection and schizophrenia symptom link

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 8:48am

If a mother’s immune system is activated by infection during pregnancy, it could result in critical cognitive deficits linked to schizophrenia in her offspring, a University of Otago study has revealed.

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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Colouring-in may improve adult mental health

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 1:49pm

Children may not be alone in enjoying the therapeutic benefits of colouring-in, according to new University of Otago research.

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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.