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Experiences of Boko Haram women focus of PhD


Friday, 13 December 2019 at 10:15am

After working with women displaced by Boko Haram, a University of Otago graduate wants to walk alongside them as they work to improve their communities.

Otago researchers discover new viral strategy to escape detection

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 at 10:20am

University of Otago researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based on viruses and provide a significant advance in biological knowledge.

Sex, drugs, smokes and booze the focus for PhD thesis


Monday, 9 December 2019 at 10:25am

She didn’t quite manage to get ‘sex and drugs and rock and roll’ into the title of her PhD thesis, but researcher Jude Ball from the University of Otago, Wellington, came close, using the Ian Dury lyrics to introduce her first chapter.

Otago academic selected to chair key indigenous health committee


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, Director of the Christchurch-based Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI), has been appointed as the first chair of the Australian Medical Council’s (AMC) Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Committee.

Scholarship to continue psychology research


Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 10:00pm

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

What we eat matters, 2019 Heart Foundation Fellow says


Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 12:45pm

Researching how to help the healthy stay healthy is hugely important, and Otago's Dr Andrew Reynolds is working hard in that area. He talks to the Otago Bulletin Board about his research, his motivation and his hopes for the future.

University of Otago alumna behind major HIV discovery

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Friday, 8 November 2019 at 10:10am

US-based scientist and distinguished Otago alumna, Professor Carole McArthur and her team of researchers, are behind the recently-announced discovery and identification of a new HIV subtype, which has been characterised by US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories.

Otago psychiatrists call on colleagues to say ‘no’ to euthanasia

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 12:20pm

The impact of legalising euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move.

BEATS Research Team receives 2019 Otago Research Group Award

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 10:50am

A research group that is actively encouraging active transport to school by adolescents and making a contribution towards New Zealand’s growing issue of insufficient physical activity, has received the University of Otago 2019 Research Group Award.

From polio to post-polio


Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 10:20pm

When Anne Fitzpatrick, an assistant research fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington, got the chance to give a personal account of surviving polio to the readers of the New Zealand Medical Journal’s online Digest, she leapt at the opportunity to tell her story.

Slice of dental history in Samoa


Tuesday, 24 September 2019 at 2:30pm

There is a little slice of the Faculty of Dentistry’s history in Samoa with the recent arrival of dental chairs no longer needed in Dunedin, with the development of the new clinical services building.

Remove nicotine from cigarettes, smokers say

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Monday, 16 September 2019 at 10:30am

New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found.

Otago academic to head new national cancer strategy

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Monday, 2 September 2019 at 11:55am

The new interim National Director of Cancer Control, University of Otago academic Professor Diana Sarfati, believes lives will be saved as a result of the new National Cancer Action Plan.

World’s largest army is brutal, but could be beneficial

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 5:00pm

Is there a solution to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? One answer may be found by studying the world’s largest and most brutal army, new University of Otago microbiology research shows.

Study links body clock to obesity and diabetes

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 11:20am

Does skipping a meal at particular times of day reduce your chances of developing obesity or diabetes? Are the street lights outside making you fat?

New research collaboration to fight cancer in New Zealand

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 9:10am

University of Otago cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand.

Teenagers say ‘nope’ to dope

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Friday, 16 August 2019 at 10:35am

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has shed light on the declining use of cannabis use by teens.

Otago research shines light on cancer cells

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Friday, 9 August 2019 at 11:35am

New University of Otago research into tell-tale markers of cancer cells could help doctors identify whether the cells are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Treatable cancers killing thousands in Pacific

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 10:35am

People living in the Pacific Islands are dying regularly from highly treatable cancers because of a lack of cancer care services around the region, researchers say.

Professor Murray Thomson wins 2019 Chaffer Medal

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at 2:30pm

A Dunedin researcher, ranked as one of the world’s best dental scientists, has been awarded the University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Chaffer Medal for distinguished performance in health research.

Dementia prevention research clinic opens in Christchurch

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Friday, 26 July 2019 at 9:10am

The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic officially opened in Christchurch today (26 July) – the third in a national network of clinics established by Brain Research New Zealand| Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ).

Old vaccine brings new surprises

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Friday, 19 July 2019 at 8:55am

New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.

Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 10:20am

Real-time decision making equals empowered students. That is the essence of SimPHARM™, a state of the art simulation tool developed at the University of Otago and now commercially licensed by a United States-based company to help pharmacy students learn via a realistic clinical experience.

NZ experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

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Friday, 28 June 2019 at 10:30am

New Zealanders played crucial roles in a global pneumonia study pinpointing the deadliest forms of viruses and bacteria, and identifying one vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies and young children.

Hard hitters share weight management knowledge


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 10:00am

A postgraduate distance education paper in Obesity Prevention and Management run by the University of Otago, Wellington has enlisted help from some hard hitters in a quest to improve the management of patients in the community.

New Māori water safety resource launched


Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 12:25pm

A new resource highlighting a holistic, Māori-centred approach to water safety has been unveiled at a symposium focusing on Indigenous science research excellence in Dunedin.

Spotting Otago skinks goes global

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Monday, 17 June 2019 at 3:00pm

A University of Otago student is taking science into people’s homes to help increase understanding of the endangered Otago skink.

Otago scientist wins $50k animal research ethics award

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Monday, 17 June 2019 at 11:50am

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.

Butting Out: Researchers gauge public opinion on tobacco product waste

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Friday, 14 June 2019 at 11:00am

Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.

Dentistry faculty gives schools 150 mouthguards to celebrate University’s 150th birthday

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 12:00pm

The University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary by donating 150 custom-fitted mouthguards to schools and promoting the use of mouthguards among students when playing sport.

New building opened at national centre for dentistry


Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 10:10pm

One of the “highest tech” dental facilities in the world was officially opened this morning  – the hospital-level patient-treatment building for New Zealand’s only national centre for dentistry, at Otago.

Christchurch senior lecturer is made a Dame


Monday, 10 June 2019 at 10:05pm

Christchurch senior lecturer Sue Bagshaw has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her advocacy of youth health.

Novel treatments under spotlight with HRC funding


Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 9:45am

Three University of Otago researchers have together been awarded $737,796 by the Health Research Council to undertake feasibility studies for potential larger studies, which all aim to improve the health of New Zealanders.

Otago enhances its relations with Jinan University


Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 11:10pm

The University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with one of China’s oldest universities last week, formalising a working relationship between researchers at the two institutions.

Otago’s emerging researchers secure more than $1.7 million in HRC funding


Thursday, 16 May 2019

An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.

Making the homeless count


Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 9:15pm

When Dr Kate Amore began researching homelessness for her PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington, the country was in denial that the issue was even a problem, she says.

Little drops for little eyes

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 at 9:55am

A Cure Kids grant is funding a study into the potential advantages of using smaller amounts of eye drops for routine eye tests on premature babies.

Rising to the challenge - first Pacific graduate paves the way


Monday, 15 April 2019 at 9:35pm

Working across cultures and around the globe, Papali’i Dr Viopapa Annandale-Atherton has quietly forged a distinguished career in public health and as an advocate for women’s rights, helping pave the way for generations of Pacific Island medical students.

Blending family therapy with creativity


Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 8:30pm

Writing a children’s picture book for the families of premature babies has been a project close to the heart for author Julie Burgess-Manning, a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington.

US Fellowship and Harvard invite for Otago researcher


Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 9:20pm

What happens to our healthcare records when we die?  It is a question few have pondered and Dr Jon Cornwall’s research on the topic has resulted in him being offered a Fellowship in the US and a speaking engagement at Harvard University to discuss the subject.

Housing WOFs need to be combined with education, study shows

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 10:48am

Alongside funding and regulatory support, understanding how housing affects health and safety can spur owners to make improvements to their properties, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and WISE Better Homes have found.

Plaudits for tobacco control group ASPIRE 2025


Friday, 5 April 2019

University of Otago research group ASPIRE 2025 has won praise from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for its exemplary efforts and achievements in the field of smoking cessation and tobacco control.

New pharmacy clinic first of its kind in Australasia


Friday, 5 April 2019

The University of Otago and Southern District Health Board have received high praise from health leaders at the official opening of a new pharmacy clinic, believed to be the first of its kind in Australasia.

New Auckland dental base on target


Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 9:50pm

Construction of the University’s dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic in South Auckland is proceeding well, with structural steel now being ordered, Campus Development Division Director David Perry says.

Opening of new Christchurch physiotherapy clinic


Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 9:55pm

A new School of Physiotherapy clinic in Christchurch is officially open after a ceremony attended by Alumni and former Silver Ferns physiotherapist, Sharon Kearney.

Kiwi kids call for ban on junk food marketing

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Friday, 29 March 2019 at 8:58am

If Kiwi kids had the Prime Minister’s job for a day, many would ban junk food marketing, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

Number of poisoning-related deaths in New Zealand remain high

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 10:39am

While there has been a decline in carbon monoxide deaths in New Zealand, the number of deaths relating to poisoning remain high with new research revealing a surprising number of deaths involving two prescription medicines, zopiclone and clozapine.

New heads to lead Ageing Well National Science Challenge


Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 9:15pm

Two women, both from the University of Otago, have been appointed to lead the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (AWNSC) in a year when it moves into the second phase of its allocation of funding.

Otago research reveals need to ensure drug trials for anxiety are carried out on appropriate patients

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 1:15pm

University of Otago psychiatry experts are concerned some medications used to treat anxiety may appear ineffective because they are not being tested in appropriate patients.

New Zealand leads global effort to control rheumatic fever

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Monday, 11 February 2019 at 4:05pm

A three-year project aimed at pinpointing the most effective ways to prevent and control rheumatic fever and associated heart disease in New Zealand is being launched tomorrow (Tuesday 12 February) at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Christchurch Dean made a Fellow of the world’s oldest life science organisation


Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 9:20pm

The Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, has become a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology – only the fourth New Zealander to receive the honour. The Academy is the leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organisation.

News of Otago’s dietary fibre research goes global


Thursday, 31 January 2019 at 1:50pm

New research has once again put the University of Otago on the map, with global interest and widespread media coverage on a publication of the health benefits of dietary fibre and wholegrain intake.

‘Choosing Wisely’ reduces unnecessary tests and antibiotic use, study finds

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 9:05am

A Hutt Valley District Health Board campaign to cut the number of urine tests being carried out on hospital patients not only significantly reduced the number of unnecessary tests being ordered but also lowered the level of antibiotic prescribing, a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found.

Otago study finds warning labels on potting mix inadequate

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 12:05pm

Existing potting mix warning labels are inadequate and potentially contributing to the growing number of cases of Legionnaire’s disease in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.

Otago study highlights problems predicting suicide

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Friday, 21 December 2018 at 9:50am

A University of Otago study examining the ability of measures to predict death-by-suicide highlights multiple problems with current mental health treatment models.

Plan early to have babies


Wednesday, 19 December 2018 at 1:35pm

Infertility specialist Wayne Gillett has a message for young women:  “Plan early to have babies”. The gynaecologist obstetrician retired from his Dunedin Hospital clinical position in 2015 and from Fertility Associates in 2017,  and recently stepped down from the bulk of his role with the University of Otago, although he will retain a position as Emeritus Professor.

First nationwide study of listeria in mothers and babies

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 11:50am

The first study of the burden of listeria in pregnant New Zealanders and their babies has found reassuringly low rates of the infection – indicating food safety warnings are working to prevent unnecessary cases of miscarriage, still birth, and meningitis in babies infected in the womb.

Licence to Swill: James Bond’s drinking over six decades

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Monday, 10 December 2018 at 9:30am

He may be licensed to kill but fictional British secret service agent James Bond has a severe alcohol use disorder, according to an analysis of his drinking behaviour published in the Medical Journal of Australia’s Christmas issue.

Professor recognised for clinically-relevant work on obesity


Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at 12:55pm

A publication focused on helping obese patients lose weight and have a better quality of life has won the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Professor Doug Sellman a prestigious New Zealand Medical Association award.

New study finds link between smell and obesity

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Monday, 19 November 2018 at 9:55am

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground by identifying a link between smell and obesity. The findings will be published today in the international Obesity Reviews journal.

Boost in training health professionals rurally under ‘virtual’ school proposal


Friday, 9 November 2018 at 8:55am

The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling body” that would lever off the expertise of the existing tertiary institutions to undertake more teaching and research in rural communities, working in partnership with local health services.

Sobering insights into alcohol marketing and Māori children

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Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 10:25am

Innovative camera research has revealed that New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing in their residential and school neighbourhoods. The collaborative research by the Universities of Otago and Auckland, found children’s exposure to alcohol marketing was higher in neighbourhoods with greater numbers of alcohol outlets and for Māori participants.

Study investigates link between loneliness and age in elderly New Zealanders

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Monday, 29 October 2018 at 11:30am

Loneliness is associated with reduced quality of life and morbidity and mortality and typically worsens with aging. Loneliness may be considered a public health hazard because of its association with a wide range of conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, Alzheimer disease, depression and insomnia.

Otago researcher takes genomic sequencing to the farm to help transform lives

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at 11:45am

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving the way for preventing crop failures, vital to the African economy.

Otago researchers want us to go nuts about nuts

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Monday, 15 October 2018 at 11:10am

They improve health, reduce the risk of heart disease, and can potentially make us leaner, but too many New Zealanders are shying away from nuts. University of Otago researchers are keen to crack this conundrum.

Otago research shows diet has little influence on precursor to gout

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 12:00pm

Dietary factors have a far smaller influence on urate levels (a precursor to gout) than previously envisaged, new University of Otago research reveals.

Researchers call for end to fat stigma

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 9:30am

Researchers are using World Obesity Day today to call for an end to the stigma which fat people experience in their daily lives.

Nutrition textbook receives major award


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 1:50pm

A textbook co-authored by Otago Professor of Human Nutrition Jim Mann, has been named one of the best in the world by the British Medical Association (BMA).

Early immune response research wins Otago Spotlight Award

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 11:05am

Brin Ryder, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, won the Otago Spotlight student poster competition. As one of five finalists he presented his work, on early immune response, to a large audience at the Infectious Disease research forum in Wellington, and gained first place from the judges.

Transgender community honoured to help Otago teaching


Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at 9:35am

Members of Dunedin’s transgender community who have been working with Otago academics say they hope that because of their help, other transgender people will be met with a more capable and understanding healthcare system.

Nau mai ki Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori!

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Monday, 10 September 2018 at 10:00am

Māori research presentations, Te Reo wristbands and an ‘Amazing Race’ are just some of the ways the University of Otago is planning to celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori this year.

Catch the bug! Infectious disease research in the spotlight

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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Don't miss out! A day of short, accessible presentations from international leaders and emerging investigators in infectious disease research. We're exploring the issues affecting New Zealand and how our research is addressing globally challenging health risks. Join us on Tuesday, 11 September, 9am-3.30pm, Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, UOW campus, Wellington.

Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

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Monday, 3 September 2018 at 3:25pm

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.

Join the crew to track the flu!

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 at 3:55pm

The Ministry of Health is looking for volunteers to help track influenza. People who live in New Zealand who have easy access to email on a weekly basis are being invited to help . 

New Zealanders using more antipsychotics, especially older females

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Friday, 17 August 2018 at 10:10am

The prescription of drugs designed to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions has increased in New Zealand by almost 50 per cent in less than a decade, according to the first local study of its kind.

Synthetic cannabis under spotlight for new Pharmacology head


Wednesday, 1 August 2018 at 9:45pm

Recent media publicity about the huge spike in the number of people dying from synthetic cannabis is of no surprise to the new Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Professor Michelle Glass.

Major fundamental changes required to achieve health equity

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Monday, 9 July 2018 at 4:25pm

In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity.

Junk food dominates NZ sport

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Monday, 9 July 2018 at 9:00am

Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research led by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Otago research reveals alarming rise of obesity in New Zealand

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Thursday, 5 July 2018 at 8:25am

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of New Zealanders is continuing to rise and on current trends, two million New Zealanders will be considered clinically obese by 2038 up from 1.1 million in 2015, new University of Otago research reveals.

HRC funds 17 Otago-led projects


Monday, 25 June 2018 at 9:50pm

A study that will investigate whether the price of medications is preventing low income New Zealanders from accessing their prescriptions will go ahead thanks to funding from the Health Research Council (HRC).

Preparing for increased stroke volumes in New Zealand

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Friday, 22 June 2018 at 10:30am

Although the incidence of stroke and mortality are declining due to better management strategies, stroke volumes are going up in New Zealand due to a growing and ageing population.

Scientists identify bug likely to cause bowel cancer

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Monday, 18 June 2018 at 11:40am

New Zealand scientists have identified a toxic bug they believe may cause bowel cancer and could lead to a life-saving vaccine or early detection test for the too-often deadly disease.

Researchers help save lives in the Pacific


Thursday, 7 June 2018 at 10:30pm

Otago researchers and clinicians are helping lead development of a cervical cancer prevention programme in the Pacific, aimed at saving lives.

Novel smart technology explores smoking-to-vaping transitions

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Thursday, 7 June 2018 at 9:30am

Novel smart technology used in a University of Otago-led study explores smoking-to-vaping transitions, suggesting vaping is a complicated process and that some vapers may need additional cessation support to become smoke-free.

Cold New Zealand council housing getting an upgrade

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 5:25pm

University of Otago, Wellington researchers are advocating for standards to bring all New Zealand housing up to the World Health Organization minimum standard which recommends indoor temperature of 18 degrees celcius.

Cannabis: What's the harm?

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Friday, 25 May 2018 at 1:20pm

A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use of other substances, and lower levels of achievement.

Pelvic pain a major issue for women nearing mid-life, Otago research reveals

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 10:10am

Many women nearing mid-life suffer some form of pelvic pain like period pain, or pain with sex however, pregnancy and childbirth appears to offer some protection, latest findings from the University of Otago's Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study reveal.

Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals

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Friday, 18 May 2018 at 11:55am

New University of Otago research highlights the difficulties for GPs of discussing obesity with patients who are overweight and signals the need for resources to support them and other community health providers in this role.

Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 9:20am

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather than only food poisoning.

Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 at 4:00pm

A University of Otago biochemistry PhD student is credited with saving lives, thanks to his new research finding a genetic mutation that is linked to high rates of Māori stomach cancer.

Taxing sugary drinks a no-brainer for New Zealand

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018 at 9:35am

On 1 April 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax, an important public health measure that University of Otago, Wellington, public health researchers believe should be happening in New Zealand too.

Yoghurt may reduce eczema and allergy in infancy

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 1:00pm

Yoghurt given to infants in the first year of life may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, and the University of Auckland have found.

Innovative health and well-being hub opens in Dunedin

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at 3:40pm

A new iwi-driven health village focusing on affordable, high quality health and social services in partnership with the University of Otago officially opened its doors in Dunedin today.

New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 8:50am

Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.

Otago research defends SpongeBob

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 9:55am

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.

Health Sciences researchers shine

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 2:20pm

Health Sciences investigators shine in the latest edition of He Kitenga, the University of Otago's prestige publication of research highlights. Sixteen of the articles feature work by Health Sciences investigators over an array of fields.

Switching to vaping not always straightforward: Otago research

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Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 10:35am

Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.

Surgeons look to do the right thing by their patients


Friday, 2 February 2018 at 10:05am

New Zealand surgeons are often prepared to treat an abnormality discovered during an elective surgical procedure in the absence of patient consent, especially if the patient’s health is threatened and the risk of the additional procedure is low.

Mind the gap – public and expert views on cancer risk


Tuesday, 23 January 2018 at 9:00am

There are substantial gaps between expert recommendations and public knowledge about risk factors for cancer, though these gaps are closing for some cancer types, according to new University of Otago research.

Talking about diabetes – improving health, one sentence at a time


Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 12:35pm

Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows.

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health


Monday, 15 January 2018 at 11:20am

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.

Elite rugby players not immune to body image issues


Monday, 8 January 2018 at 12:05pm

Despite being in peak physical form, young elite rugby players may be suffering from body image issues and poor nutritional choices, a University of Otago study has found.

Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease

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Friday, 5 January 2018 at 9:40am

The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.

How do firearms, floods and flu impact public health?


Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at 2:25pm

Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard - flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.

Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar


Thursday, 7 December 2017 at 12:25pm

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.

Health Sciences PVC to step down


Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 9:20pm

Professor Peter Crampton has this week announced he will step down from his roles as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School, taking effect during the middle part of next year.

Otago study finds infection and schizophrenia symptom link


Tuesday, 21 November 2017 at 3:30pm

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.

Hard work and sacrifice celebrated at ceremony


Thursday, 16 November 2017 at 9:35pm

The hard work and sacrifices of international Pacific scholarship students were rewarded last Friday when the University of Otago New Zealand Development Scholarship Completion Ceremony was held.

Fun and future-focus feature at Fono

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 5:10pm

Otago Pacific Alumni Networking Fono at Auckland Centre on 18 October provided opportunity for wide-ranging discussion on Otago's future in region. 

Landmark study from Otago clarifies brain's role in fertility control


Friday, 10 November 2017 at 12:20pm

Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

Osteoarthritis no knees-up for many NZers – Otago research


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 4:05pm

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) causes adult New Zealanders to lose a total of 467,240 quality-adjusted years of life (QALY) across their lifetimes, new University of Otago research shows. One QALY equates to one year in perfect health.

NZ-China links in non-communicable disease research strengthened


Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 2:20pm

The signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) at the University of Otago with three leading Shanghai institutions due to be held tomorrow is a welcome sign of the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers, according to organisers.

Climate change and extreme weather driving migration


Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 1:45pm

For the first time, a University of Otago researcher has shown that not only are the effects of climate change influencing people’s decision to migrate, it is actually a more important driver than income and political freedom at the origin country.

Otago researchers’ achievements recognised at 2017 NZ Research Honours Dinner

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 11:05am

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner earlier this week. The trio were among New Zealand researchers to be presented with 21 medals in total at the Royal Society Te Apārangi-hosted event in Auckland.

Undeclared steroids found in products sold in NZ

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at 12:30am

Athletes and the body-conscious beware – at least six sports supplements on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain anabolic steroids not declared on their labels.

Book shines spotlight on our cities

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.

Traditional pregnancy a thing of the past


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Having a baby may never be the same again as increasingly sophisticated genetic testing is likely to raise thorny ethical issues, according to a new report.

Positive outlook for couples with fertility difficulties

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Young couples who fear they are infertile may just need more time rather than costly treatments, University of Otago research shows.

Study shows most NZ playgrounds lack smokefree signs

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

A new study of the smokefree signs at 63 New Zealand playgrounds has found that less than half of the playgrounds (44 per cent) had any such signs. Even when present, many of the signs were small and poorly designed, with some being only postcard sized.

Child health in the spotlight

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 1:30pm

The Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research forum is rapidly approaching. Attendees will have the chance to meet with researchers, and to discuss the future of child health research in New Zealand.

Quitline is good value-for-money - new study

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Monday, 21 August 2017

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.

Rental Warrant of Fitness for Wellington

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

Realising the Potential: Research impact conference

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 9:40am

Join us 21-22 November, Dunedin, 2017, where participants will be able to improve their understanding of some existing frameworks, tools, approaches and knowledge about research impact and its assessment with leading international experts.

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

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Monday, 31 July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

2017 Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017 at 3:35pm

Child health research is our Otago Spotlight Series focus for 2017. Please join us in Wellington, 12 September, for another superb day hearing about the latest research from a range of disciplines. The presentations are short and designed for a lay audience. Come along for the day, or pop in and out, and maybe have a chat with researchers over some yummy lunch.

Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul


Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 10:05pm

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

Otago researchers find valuable new clues in fight against multi-drug resistance

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Friday, 16 June 2017 at 9:30am

Research into yeast, the single-celled organism behind a range of human infections, has led to University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry researchers identifying a previously unknown piece of genetic sleight-of-hand which may enable multi-drug resistance, a major emerging global health problem.

Pneumonia vaccine found to have major impact

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Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 12:55pm

A leading international health researcher at the University of Otago is part of a team that has gained new insights into how much children in Africa can benefit from a vaccine against pneumonia.

Experts call for urgent changes to tobacco sales

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Friday, 2 June 2017 at 10:20am

Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.

Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

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Thursday, 1 June 2017 at 11:55am

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body.

HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest ever

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 9:25am

Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.

Chlamydia more common in New Zealand than thought

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at 10:20am

One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.

New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 11:30am

Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic disease, an international collaboration led by University of Otago researchers has found.

Improvements to healthcare system needed to manage multimorbidity

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Friday, 12 May 2017 at 10:40am

Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.

Symposium examines 'diabesity'

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at 11:15am

Partners Healthier Lives and A Better Start National Science Challenges, and Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, brought together exceptional researchers to present their work on the 'diabesity crisis'. Videos of these presentations are now available.

Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 1:50pm

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar.

Health Research Council supports Otago researchers

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 8:15am

Several University of Otago researchers have gained feasibility grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) in its latest funding round. The HRC yesterday announced a combined total of $2 million worth of these grants, up from $1.05 million in 2016.

New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 7:50am

Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.

New national School of Rural Health proposed


Tuesday, 21 March 2017 at 12:00pm

The creation of a new national School of Rural Health (SRH) is being investigated by New Zealand’s two medical schools at the University of Otago and The University of Auckland, in association with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) in a joint initiative which has the potential to begin to address the country’s chronic shortage of rural health professionals.

Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at 11:00am

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists.

Of pills, potions and poison


Monday, 13 February 2017 at 11:40am

Dr Ali Clarke's latest blog discusses how toxicology and pharmacy have been important disciplines at Otago for more than 100 years.

Cold homes harm NZ youth health and schooling

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Monday, 13 February 2017 at 11:25am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing.

Wellington researchers awarded Long-Term Condition funds to tackle diabetes

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Thursday, 9 February 2017 at 10:40am

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. This was recognised in today’s announcement by the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith for multi-million dollar funding on research to tackle diabetes.

Brand new premises for world-famous Dunedin longitudinal study

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at 8:30am

A purpose-built home for the University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which has closely followed the progress of more than 1000 people born in Dunedin in 1972 and 1973, will be officially opened today by Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith.

Otago PhD student “squishes” birthmarks


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 9:15pm

Final year Otago PhD student Sean Mackay has received a $25,000 grant to aid the development of ‘Squish’, a targeted treatment for strawberry birthmarks which affect approximately 1 in 10 infants.

Milestone Māori Medical graduation inspires staff


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 8:45pm

The weekend’s milestone graduation of 45 Māori medical students was a momentous occasion for those who have worked to support these students during their years of study at Otago.

What has art got to do with Public Health?

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 4:30pm

What has art got to do with public health? How can people be “nudged” to better health using behavioural economics? And what emerging infectious diseases should we really worry about?

Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 at 11:00am

A small segment of the population accounts for a disproportionate share of costly service use across a society’s health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems – and paediatric tests of brain health can identify these adults as young as age three, new findings out of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggest.

PIPI study wins Innovation Award


Monday, 5 December 2016 at 9:45pm

A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.

New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

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Friday, 2 December 2016 at 12:40pm

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.

NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

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Friday, 2 December 2016 at 12:00pm

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.

Historic medical artefacts collection online

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Friday, 18 November 2016 at 9:30am

Otago Medical School Alumnus Association launched an online catalogue of 256 items from its collection of several thousand medical instruments, records, artefacts and memorabilia. Now more than 1,180 artefacts are available to view.

Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation


Monday, 7 November 2016 at 9:25pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

Otago health researchers gain career development awards

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Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 11:25am

University of Otago, Christchurch, MRI expert Dr Tracy Melzer has been awarded $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to study changes in the brain that could predict dementia.

Major Marsden funding for Otago researchers


Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 11:25am

University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $13.7M in the latest annual Marsden Fund round to undertake 23 world-class research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields.

CVD research video album

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

The latest cardiovascular disease research from the University of Otago has been captured in a video album which is now available for viewing.

Study reveals joint replacement surgery inequities

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Friday, 23 September 2016 at 10:30am

The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.

BLITZ study: A youth vision for Porirua City

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Monday, 19 September 2016 at 12:30pm

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, with a unique angle and focus in Porirua city has found that better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.

Smokefree 2025 researchers welcome plain packaging

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Friday, 9 September 2016 at 8:45am

ASPIRE2025 co-directors, Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, welcome the introduction of standardised packaging and congratulate Dame Tariana Turia for her foresight in introducing this legislation, and Minister Sam Lotu-liga for overseeing its final movement through Parliament.

Otago rugby team assisting with ground-breaking concussion research

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 at 7:35am

The University of Otago is conducting ground-breaking research in to the forces exerted on heads of the Otago rugby players as they compete during the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday, 25 August. The University researchers are testing whether neck strength is a crucial factor in preventing concussion in the sport.

Most homeless people working or studying

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 at 1:50pm

More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

The School of Dentistry aims high


Wednesday, 24 August 2016 at 9:10am

The first sod has been turned for the School of Dentistry’s new clinical building, with the aim of realising the Faculty’s ambition to be one of the top 10 schools in the world within nine years.

Collaborative approach to heart research in the elderly


Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at 8:20am

The Christchurch Heart Institute has joined forces with Ryman Healthcare and the Heart Foundation in a three¬-year clinical research study to identify the prevalence of heart disease in Ryman Healthcare retirement villages.

Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid

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Monday, 11 July 2016 at 9:25am

Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.

New partnership formed to improve health of New Zealanders

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 at 9:55am

A new partnership comprising the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has been formed to invest in research that will improve understanding, treatment and prevention of long term conditions.

2016 Proof of Concept grant winners announced


Monday, 20 June 2016

An engineered enzyme with the potential to create a simple method of testing for DNA mutations in the field — rather than in a lab — has won the 2016 Otago Innovation Limited Proof of Concept Grant competition.

Otago health researchers honoured by HRC

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Thursday, 9 June 2016 at 10:05am

A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.

Homelessness accelerates between censuses

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Friday, 3 June 2016 at 10:20am

At least one in every 100 New Zealanders were homeless at the latest census in 2013, compared with 1 in 120 in 2006, and 1 in 130 in 2001, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

Gene Genie broadcast on RNZ

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The BBC Gene Genie series hosted by science presenter and geneticist Adam Rutherford will be broadcast. Professor Parry Guilford features in the  'genetics and disease' episode.

Insulating houses keeps children out of hospital

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 at 11:35am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that retrofitting insulation to current 2008 standards in existing houses reduces hospitalisation rates for all children by six percent.

Much healthier low-cost bread possible

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 at 10:00am

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health according to new research. A team at the University of Otago, Wellington studied bread design from the perspective of reducing risk of heart disease, while keeping ingredient costs down. 

NZ contributes to global report on Indigenous and tribal peoples

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 at 4:00pm

A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally was launched today simultaneously in Melbourne and London, by Australia’s Lowitja Institute and the Lancet journal.

University and Kura experiment with science in te reo Māori

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Monday, 4 April 2016 at 1:15pm

Experiments that extract DNA from saliva and use disclosing tablets to look at plaque on teeth may not be new, but the University of Otago, Wellington, and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna are doing these experiments in te reo Māori.

Making cigarette sticks unattractive next step for plain packaging


Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 12:15pm

As New Zealand moves towards legislating for plain packaging of cigarettes, the Government should consider measures that extend and improve upon Australia’s model, ASPIRE2025 researchers from the University of Otago believe.

Gene Genie: Genetics and disease

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Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 3:45pm

The Royal Society  of New Zealand with BBC science presenter and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford will facilitate a series of panel discussions on genetics. Professor Parry Guilford, Professor Vicky Cameron and Professor Nigel French will be panelists at the Christchurch event featuring 'Genetics and disease'.

Summer studentship brings rewards

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Monday, 22 February 2016

PhD candidate Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge is delighted to see her summer studentship research has made a contribution to understanding more about brain cancer.

Is austerity bad for your health?

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Thursday, 18 February 2016 at 8:10am

Austerity measures are seriously bad for our health, according to Oxford University Professor David Stuckler, visiting Wellington this week as part of the University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School. 

Response to global crisis in indigenous mental health

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 at 12:45pm

Innovative approaches to address traumatised indigenous communities will be described by Australian educators Barbara Wingard and Dr David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre for Narrative Therapy in Wellington tomorrow.

Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 12:45pm

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling  rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Working to improve public health in New Zealand

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Monday, 1 February 2016 at 9:50am

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

NZ Vietnam War vets’ health scrutinised

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Thursday, 10 December 2015 at 12:05pm

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.

What drives urban change in New Zealand?

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at 9:35am

A new report about the drivers of urban change in New Zealand by the MBIE-funded Resilient Urban Futures Programme has been launched in Parliament by MPs Nicky Wagner and Grant Robertson. The report ‘Drivers of Urban Change’ brings together the views of key decision-makers and cutting-edge research.

Missing out on prescription medicines harms health

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Monday, 7 December 2015 at 11:20am

Two new studies conducted by researchers at the University of Otago show that not being able to afford prescription medicines can harm people’s health.

New Healthier Lives Challenge takes aim at NZ’s major killers

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Friday, 4 December 2015 at 11:30am

Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.

“Fear of missing out” linked to alcohol harm in students

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Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 11:55am

University students who have a greater “fear of missing out” (FoMO) are much more likely to experience negative consequences from drinking alcohol, new University of Otago psychology research suggests.

Do New Zealanders still want the quarter-acre dream?

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Monday, 2 November 2015 at 2:50pm

New Zealanders are moving towards the idea of mixed-use development where housing is within walking and cycling distance of key amenities like work, school or shopping, according to a survey carried out by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Christchurch medical students go to prison in innovative assignment

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Thursday, 1 October 2015 at 9:00am

The University of Otago, Christchurch’s Population Health Department has developed an innovative programme where medical students write and perform songs about public health topics such as sexual health to at-risk groups.

Otago researchers evaluate The Salvation Army’s Bridge Programme

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Friday, 25 September 2015 at 12:10pm

A twelve-month University of Otago evaluation study of people being treated for alcohol and drug dependency at The Salvation Army Bridge Treatment Programme reports that client recovery outcomes match leading treatment programmes internationally.

New Zealand solutions to complex Public Health problems

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Friday, 28 August 2015 at 9:50am

A new book, Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, provides an in-depth scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other perspectives, have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for those wanting to solve complex public health problems.

Alcohol and adverse sexual health outcomes tracked into late thirties

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Thursday, 13 August 2015 at 1:35pm

Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.

Self-management techniques helping people manage suicidal thoughts

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 at 2:30pm

Self-management techniques need to be more widely acknowledged by mental health professionals as an option to help people who felt suicidal and better support provided to help them develop their own self-management strategies, according to new University of Otago research.

National Poisons Centre continues to deliver Poisonsline

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Friday, 19 June 2015 at 1:20pm

Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the National Telehealth Service.

Older driver study part of Otago HRC funding scoop


Thursday, 4 June 2015 at 7:25pm

A study that will investigate older drivers in New Zealand, and the complex balance between maintaining mobility and maximising safety, is one 18 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding contracts granted to Otago.

Quitting smokers win cash reward


Friday, 29 May 2015 at 9:40am

It is World Smokefree Day this Sunday, and two former smokers have won money by quitting as part of a University of Otago Wellington trial funded by the Ministry of Health.

Overlooked law requires rentals to be free of dampness

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington.

The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at 12:00pm

The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research.