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Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Fiji's COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) represents Fiji's whole-of-government response to the pandemic and implements the Fiji Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.

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COVID vaccine role for Christchurch Dean

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 10:20pm

University of Otago, Christchurch Dean and infectious disease expert Professor David Murdoch has been asked to formally support the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine development effort.

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The science and art of modelling

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 1:15pm

Otago's Dr Matthew Parry tells us more about being an Associate Investigator for Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence that has provided modelling to support COVID-19 decisions.

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Teens shocked by suicide portrayal in ‘13 Reasons Why’ study finds

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 12:20pm

Teenagers interviewed about their views on the suicide portrayed in the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why report being shocked by the graphic detail of the scene, which they saw as excessive, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

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Monday, 18 May 2020 at 10:00am

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.

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Otago researchers fast-track app for bowel disease sufferers in new COVID-19 era

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 11:00am

The advent of COVID-19 has resulted in University of Otago researchers, in collaboration with others in New Zealand, fast-tracking development of a smartphone application (app) to help improve care for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (also called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), as fewer of them will be able to meet with specialists.

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Secrets of sewage studied for COVID-19

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 at 8:45pm

Detecting the presence of COVID-19 in sewage could become an important tool to monitor the virus and help uncover pockets of infection.

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Human Nutrition experts offer lockdown advice for families

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 at 12:05am

As other parts of our lives have shut down during lockdown, food has become increasingly important as a focus in our daily routine. Mary Spiers and Dr Claire Smith discuss some food-related challenges and offer simple advice.

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What it is like to have COVID-19: Otago academic shares her story

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 11:55pm

Dr Rachelle Martin, a researcher and lecturer in the University of Otago Wellington’s Department of Medicine was one of two people to share their COVID-19 story with New Zealand Doctor. We re-publish this article with permission.

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Otago researchers contribute to COVID-19 fight

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Friday, 17 April 2020 at 7:30pm

Three University of Otago researchers have received a share of $3.8 million in new Government funding for research projects directly related to COVID-19.

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