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Smokers turned off by plain packs, survey shows

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 at 10:45am

Plain packaging is making tobacco products less appealing and warning labels more noticeable, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Delivering a message from the world to the world

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 8:45pm

Concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic University of Otago medical school alumnus Dr Zeid Abussuud decided to spread the word on staying safe. With a little help from his friends, many of them also graduates of Otago, Dr Abussuud has made a moving YouTube video, ‘Do it for the whole world: Stay at home’.

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University of Otago lab unravelling COVID-19

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 9:55am

A high-security Physical Containment Laboratory (PC3) at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is undertaking research to isolate and grow SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, with samples taken from infected individuals.

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Facing Covid-19 with compassion and connection

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Monday, 6 April 2020 at 10:05pm

Otago alumna and clinical psychologist Dr Desiree Dickerson specialises in mental health and well-being for academics, and has just had an article published in Nature, entitled “Seven tips to manage your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak”.  She shares her story and tips from lockdown in Spain.

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Lecturer and students volunteer time to make sanitiser

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 4:00pm

All the hand sanitiser needed by the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus over the coming weeks has been produced in-house and in record time by a School of Pharmacy senior lecturer and his students.

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Australian honours for Otago Professor

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Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 11:00pm

An Otago Professor’s “distinguished service to medicine, medical education, child and adolescent health and professional bodies” was cited in the latest Australian Honours list, announced at the end of January.

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University of Otago grows Pacific science connections

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 11:15pm

Building and connecting the University of Otago’s work in science with the Pacific, in order to contribute to development and help address the region’s challenges, is the priority of Dr Losa Moata’ane.

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New Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Christchurch

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 10:45pm

Helping medical students get the most out of their “intensive and challenging” final years of undergraduate study is a key focus for the Christchurch campus’ new Associate Dean, Student Affairs.

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Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 at 2:00pm

The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

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Fulbright scholars excited by opportunities

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 9:45pm

Two University of Otago staff have received 2020 Scholar Awards from Fulbright New Zealand, allowing them to travel to the United States to pursue research and form international connections. 

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Study promotes NZ open water environments for water safety teaching

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Friday, 31 January 2020 at 11:05am

With summer water safety a key priority for the start of another school year, new research shows teaching water safety in a range of natural open water environments, in contrast to learning in a swimming pool, may be more beneficial for learning.

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Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 10:40am

Damp and mouldy housing has been included as an indicator of socioeconomic deprivation in New Zealand by University of Otago researchers developing the latest version of the New Zealand Index of Socioeconomic Deprivation (NZDep2018).

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