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Otago academics new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows

Thursday, 28 November 2019 9:25am

Two outstanding Otago academics are among 19 new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows to be elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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NCLR Co-director, Richie Poulton's 2019 Distinguished Research Medal Lecture - 2 December 2019

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:38am

NCLR Co-director, Richie Poulton's 2019 Distinguished Research Medal Lecture - 2 December 2019

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Scholarship to continue psychology research

Thursday, 21 November 2019 9:27am

An Otago undergraduate student has received a prestigious scholarship to continue the work of researchers from the Psychology Department.

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Scholarship to continue psychology research

Thursday, 21 November 2019 2:21pm

An Otago undergraduate student has received a prestigious scholarship to continue the work of researchers from the Psychology Department.

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Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am

University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.

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NCLR investigator awarded the Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:29am

NCLR investigator, Dr Jesse Kokaua, has been awarded the Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship.

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Otago scientists’ discovery leads to greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 10:00am

Otago scientists have made an important discovery in understanding the role a particular protein plays to impair memory in Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to more effective treatment in future.

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NCLR investigator Dr Te Morenga wins 2019 Hamilton Award

Thursday, 17 October 2019 1:40pm

NCLR investigator Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins 2019 Hamilton Award for research on how dietary sugar increases body weight.

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Otago researchers awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 2:55pm

Two University of Otago researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships and will receive NZD$800,000 each over five years.

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Otago Study identifies psychology of attraction to religious deities and super-heroes

Monday, 30 September 2019 11:29am

A new psychological study published by University of Otago researchers has addressed centuries-old questions about how and why supernatural beings are worshipped.

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New findings on Māori university graduates

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 2:08pm

New National Centre for Lifecourse Research and Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ research examines the occupations and industries of Māori university graduates.

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Director of The Dunedin Study recognised with Distinguished Research Medal

Friday, 13 September 2019 11:03am

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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Distinguished research medal for NCLR Co-director

Friday, 13 September 2019 2:03pm

Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, Professor Richie Poulton, has been recognised with a Distinguished Research Medal.

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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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New Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study

Thursday, 1 August 2019 1:47pm

Associate Professor Joseph (Joe) Boden has been announced as the new Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study.

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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.