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Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible – research

Thursday, 19 May 2022 8:57am

University of Otago researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that could assist with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Bad behaviour set in stone

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 9:45am

Anyone waiting for a sociopath to grow up or calm down should give up; they will not change, a new study has revealed.

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Dunedin Study sheds light on New Zealand’s successful vaccination rates

Friday, 8 April 2022 9:38am

Vaccine resistance often reflects a lifetime of mistrust, suggests new research using 50 years of data collected by the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study.

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Graduate Research School Dean departs after nearly a decade

Friday, 8 April 2022 8:49am

After nearly a decade in the role, Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith has finished up as Dean of the Graduate Research School.

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Podcast to make psychology research more accessible

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 2:16pm

Psych Made Me is a podcast hosted by two PhD candidates who would like to make psychology research more accessible to a wider audience.

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The Dunedin Study celebrates 50 years of global research impact

Friday, 1 April 2022 9:27am

The internationally-renowned Dunedin Study celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, marking five decades of research impact around the world.

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Dunedin Study celebrates 50 years of global research impact

Friday, 1 April 2022 1:10pm

The internationally-renowned Dunedin Study celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, marking five decades of research impact around the world.

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Sharing memories sets children on path to better well-being

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 10:35am

Toddlers whose mothers received special coaching in talking about memories grew into teenagers who experience better wellbeing, University of Otago research shows.

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Long-term cannabis use damages lungs: Dunedin Study

Wednesday, 2 February 2022 10:23am

Smoking cannabis leads to lung damage, but in a different way to tobacco, new University of Otago research has found.

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Professor John Horwood retires

Friday, 17 December 2021 9:22am

Professor John Horwood retired from the University in 2021 after 44 years' service at Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS).

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Juggling toddlers and study in lockdown far from home

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 9:14am

It’s tough enough moving across the world to undertake a PhD in a foreign country. How about adding two toddlers, a COVID lockdown and a husband trapped offshore with the borders closed?

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Dunedin Study researcher advances understanding of Alzheimer markers

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 11:26am

PhD graduate Ashleigh Barrett-Young is making great leaps forward in understanding the scientific links between our eyes and our brain.

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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.