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Division of Sciences News

Winning project could help hearing disorders

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:40pm

A project that could help thousands of people who suffer from hearing disorders won the Brain and Technology Symposium 2018 Challenge held recently.

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Price of ‘healthy food basket’ continues to rise, Otago research reveals

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 9:02am

The cost of buying healthy food in a weekly supermarket shop continues to grow, the latest New Zealand Food Cost Survey carried out by the University of Otago shows.

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Revolutionary imaging technology wins 2018 Proof of Concept grant

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:57pm

A ground-breaking proposal that would allow photos and videos to be taken through solid objects has won Otago Innovation Ltd’s 2018 Proof of Concept competition.

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Ocean waves following sea ice loss trigger Antarctic ice shelf collapse

Thursday, 14 June 2018 1:53pm

Storm-driven ocean swells have triggered the catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves in recent decades, according to new research published in Nature today.

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Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis in Africa

Monday, 11 June 2018 10:45am

University of Otago researchers are helping lead international studies which have discovered that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk factors for the devastating disease leptospirosis in northern Tanzania.

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Dentistry Dean appointed to lead Division of Health Sciences

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 10:45am

Dean of the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Paul Brunton, has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences.

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Otago “fusion” study measures psychological effects of Christchurch earthquake

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 10:31am

In the first experimental test of the potential of natural disasters to produce stronger bonds within a group, University of Otago researchers asked residents of Christchurch, New Zealand, to recall their experience of the city's devastating 2011 (Feb 22) earthquake.

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New Zealand leads call to improve health for indigenous people globally

Friday, 1 June 2018 3:59pm

An open letter published today in a leading international medical journal, Lancet Oncology, calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) and Governments to prioritise health improvements for Indigenous peoples worldwide.

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Leigh McKenzie shares her experience as an ESRI scholar

Thursday, 31 May 2018 9:48am

For Leigh McKenzie a summer internship at the Centre lead to the unexpected experience of being granted the New Zealand Esri Young Scholar award for 2017 and nominated for the New Zealand Emerging Spatial Professional award.

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Climate change and sea level rise report released

Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:07am

Centre Director Janet Stephenson and Deputy Director Caroline Orchiston were authors recently on a report for MOTU - Communities and climate Change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding. 

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Otago researchers develop ground-breaking communication technology

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:29pm

In the ongoing quest for better, faster and higher-quality wireless communication, University of Otago researchers are leading the way.

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Nutrition WOFs offered to staff and postgrads

Friday, 25 May 2018 11:19am

Otago staff and postgraduate students are being offered a free nutritional ‘check-up’.

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University signs MOU to continue successful volunteer scheme

Friday, 25 May 2018 1:46pm

An initiative that has enabled more than 100 mostly geography students from Otago University to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne in Wellington this week.

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Otago researcher’s dream of eliminating Tuberculosis among Māori gains HRC support

Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm

The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.

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Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals

Friday, 18 May 2018 9:11am

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.

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HRC funding enables Otago researcher to investigate early detection test for bowel cancer

Thursday, 17 May 2018 7:59am

A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.

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Caroline Orchiston interviewed about earthquake on the Alpine Fault

Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:32pm

Centre Deputy Director Dr Caroline Orchiston  recently appeared on Stuff News through her involvement with Project Alpine Fault Magnitude 8 (AF8)

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Primary schools to study the worm that once held up State Highway One

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:08am

Researchers from Catchments Otago – a University of Otago Research Theme – are embarking on a year-long study with three Dunedin primary schools into the mysterious ancient velvet worm – peripatus – thanks to a $20,000 grant from the from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment’s Participatory Science Platform (PSP).

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New Zealand school children revealing the power of mānuka

Friday, 11 May 2018 1:47pm

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of mānuka around the country – including whether the native plant’s leaf chemistry could provide a natural weed killer.

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Otago researcher’s discovery of ancient fossil provides clues to evolution of baleen whales

Friday, 11 May 2018 10:17am

A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales.

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Christchurch campus hosts indigenous health leaders

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:47pm

Improving health statistics for indigenous populations and more culturally-relevant medical curriculums were topics for discussion at a recent meeting of Australian and New Zealand medical schools at the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.

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Gaps in patient care pathway may perpetuate high rates of sexually transmitted infections

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 10:21am

There are gaps between best practice and documented management of patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in primary care, which may contribute to high rates of infection, new University of Otago research shows.

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Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 9:21am

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.

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Child poverty casts long shadow on oral health care: Otago dental expert

Monday, 7 May 2018 2:55pm

Child poverty and its detrimental impact on dental health care casts a long shadow and affects oral health into adulthood, University of Otago Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, Jonathan Broadbent says.

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Otago Researchers bring new thinking to dolphin tourism activity

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 12:15pm

New research led by University of Otago scientists indicates there is increasing evidence that whale and dolphin watching activities can have detrimental effects on the populations they target.

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“Exceptional” PhD thesis delves into murky world of illegal sports betting

Monday, 30 April 2018 10:17am

University of Otago postgraduate student Minyheok Tak has achieved the rare feat of producing a PhD thesis awarded “Exceptional” status by an external examination panel.

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International agreement provides Otago opportunity to help shape global cancer agenda

Friday, 20 April 2018 2:25pm

In a New Zealand first, the University of Otago has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 1:35pm

"Now I can join others at the temple" - a mixed methods realist evaluation of a programme to increase social inclusion for young people with psycho-social disability in North India
Dr Kaaren Mathias

Friday 20th April, 12noon
Department of Preventive & Social Medicine
Room 033/036, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street

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New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 9:23am

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

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Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes: Otago research

Monday, 16 April 2018 2:31pm

Seeking the feel good factor? Go natural. That is the simple message from University of Otago researchers who have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

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Otago On Location: Glassblowing Unit

Thursday, 5 April 2018 9:55pm

In this instalment of Otago on Location (shared from Otago Connection) we visit the Glassblowing Unit an on-campus workshop for the manufacture of scientific glassware and a retail store of standard laboratory glassware.

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Taxing sugary drinks a no-brainer for New Zealand

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 10:24am

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.

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More commitment by local government needed to achieve Smokefree 2025

Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am

There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Sad end to first journey of yellow-eyed penguin chick Takaraha

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 1:48pm

Takaraha, a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin that captured attention in recent weeks, has been euthanised after suffering a non-survivable injury to its left flipper, believed to be inflicted by a predator.

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Yoghurt may reduce eczema and allergy in infancy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 1:54pm

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.

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Importance of physical activity in preschoolers highlighted by Otago researcher

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:47pm

The journey to obesity can start as young as age one so increased physical activity should be established and encouraged early, University of Otago researchers say.

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More sustainable transport for better health in New Zealand cities

Friday, 23 March 2018 1:51pm

Can your local council stop you getting heart disease or cancer? Yes, say researchers in a new study led by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Research suggests promoting smokefree homes may help reduce teen smoking

Thursday, 22 March 2018 1:52pm

New Zealand children and teens growing up in smokefree homes are less likely to take up smoking, even if their parents are smokers, a University of Otago, Wellington, study has found.

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Highlanders coaching staff visit Otago

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:01am

With the Highlanders Super Rugby side at the top end of the Super Rugby points table and currently unbeaten in 2018, it’s no surprise their coaching staff are looking for every opportunity to maintain the side’s peak performance.