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Director of The Dunedin Study recognised with Distinguished Research Medal

Friday, 13 September 2019 1:36pm

Having a clear goal to make people’s lives better has helped earn Professor Richie Poulton the prestigious Otago 2019 Distinguished Research Medal Award.

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Driver behaviour not altered by roadside memorials - Otago study

Friday, 23 August 2019 10:34am

Roadside memorials may be controversial, but a University of Otago study has found they have very little impact on driver behaviour or perception of road safety.

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Cultural journey complements Fulbright opportunity

Thursday, 8 August 2019 7:00pm

A tauira Māori from the University of Otago who has complemented her academic journey by reconnecting with her culture is hoping her Fulbright Scholarship will inspire others to pursue international excellence.

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How a lifecourse aproach can promote long-term health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 4:17pm

In a paper published today, NCLR investigators describe how using lifecourse approach can promote long-term health and well-being outcomes for Māori.

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Connection to country impacts mental health – Otago study shows

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:31am

Whether you feel a strong attachment to New Zealand’s Māori culture, majestic landscapes, or the All Blacks, an Otago study has found a sense of belonging to the country is positively related to mental health.

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New study finds issues with gambling for Pacific youth

Monday, 1 July 2019 4:56pm

NCLR partner, the AUT University's Pacific Island Families Study, has recently found that more than a third of Pacific youth gamble daily.

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Science Division’s Health Research Council Grants success

Thursday, 27 June 2019 8:43am

Being given the opportunity to seek answers to questions that are “relevant to mums, dads and whanau,” is a great advantage of a receiving a Health Research Council (HRC) Grant, says Human Nutrition’s Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath.

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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.