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Early-career researchers at Otago

Kairangahau taiawatea o Ōtākou

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Coastal People: Southern Skies Centre of Research Excellence

Associate Professors Anne-Marie Jackson and Chris Hepburn draw on the analogy of a double-hulled waka for the vision of the Coastal People: Southern Skies Centre of Research Excellence.

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Proud to be a commissioner

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Monday 23 January 2023

Being the first Māori commissioner on the New Zealand Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa is a “defining moment” for Associate Professor Diane Ruwhiu (Ngāpuhi).

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Otago's leaders of tomorrow receive awards

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Wednesday 21 December 2022

Forty-one students graduated with their University of Otago Student Leadership Award (UOSLA) certificate this year making this the largest group to complete this course.

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Diabetes disparity

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Isaiah Immanuel is conducting a one-year study, funded by Research for Children Aotearoa, to discover why Pasifika youth with type 1 diabetes are experiencing problems maintaining good control of their disease.

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Time for action

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Anna High is a co-director of the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Otago as well as a lecturer in the areas of Evidence Law, Jurisprudence and Chinese Law.

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Anxiety control

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Joon Kim is aiming to produce the first evidence of how neural circuits in the brain control anxiety.

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Working in the margins

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Monday 19 December 2022

Race, justice and equality are key issues for Tourism Lecturer Dr Pooneh Torabian.

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Connecting physical and mental health

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Matthew Jenkins is bringing his background in Physical Education and Psychology to his research into helping those living with serious mental illnesses stay physically healthy.

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Game-changing therapy

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Katie Douglas foresees a day when people will visit a mental health service, undergo an assessment and walk away with a course of psychological therapy tailored to their own profile of challenges and strengths.

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Re-coding the mysteries of cancer genetics

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Monday 19 December 2022

Leading the cancer genomics efforts of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Mackenzie Cancer Research Group, Associate Professor Logan Walker’s research focuses on improving the application of genomic technologies in health services to reduce the impact of cancer on the community.

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Transforming cancer treatment

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Sarah Diermeier and her laboratory team’s intent is to develop innovative drugs that target specific lncRNA molecules, stopping the growth of cancer cells and preventing their spread to other areas of the body.

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Turning up the heat

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Kate Thomas is researching cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responses to exercise and environmental stressors such as heat, cold and hypoxia, to better understand and apply these stressors for health benefits for a range of common chronic conditions.

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Bringing the heart online

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Susan Wardell (Social Anthropology) has been researching moral and social aspects of the digital world and suggests that the internet is a far more human space than we might realise.

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Improving IT

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Monday 19 December 2022

Delving into the data traces left behind by software developers when they are producing a computer programme, or even a phone app, is providing Information Science lecturer and researcher Dr Daniel Alencar da Costa with a rich source of information to help those developers improve their products.

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Sovereign rights to health and wellbeing

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Monday 19 December 2022

A passion for upholding sovereign rights to health and wellbeing for tangata whenua has led Dr Paula Toko King to a career in Kaupapa Māori research that encompasses areas of racism, disability, care and protection, youth justice and prison.

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Extracting stories from teeth

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Carolina Loch is interested in stories – specifically those which an animal’s teeth can tell about its life.

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Message from Mars

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Monday 19 December 2022

University of Otago astrochemist Dr Courtney Ennis and his team are looking to Titan to understand more about the evolution of molecules pivotal for the formation of life.

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