Friday 20 December 2013 9:42am
- September 2013
The Sir John Walsh Research Institute was profiled this week in the University of Otago Bulletin, as part of a new series on the University Research Centres which were established at the end of 2012.
Faculty of Dentistry featured on TVNZ's 'Seven Sharp'
- August 2013
As part of a week-long series on teeth, prime-time TVNZ public affairs programme 'Seven Sharp' featured a story on the Faculty of Dentistry, which can be found here.
Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor John Broughton of the SJWRI available online
- June 2013
Professor John Broughton's Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'A Bro-fessor in the Whare', delivered in late April, is now available as a podcast from the Otago website, in both video and audio-only forms.
- April 2013
Improved food labelling is needed to counter the adverse effect of 'hidden sugar' on tooth decay, in the view of Professor Murray Thomson who was interviewed for an article in the Otago Daily Times on the impact of sugar on oral health. This follows the release in January of a University of Otago-led World Health Organisation report into the broader effects of dietary sugar intake.
- January 2013
A HRC-funded feasibility study led by Dr Lyndie Foster Page of the SJWRI has demonstrated that children significantly prefer a new way of treating tooth decay that doesn't involve needles or drills. Dr Foster Page and colleague Ms Dorothy Boyd, a specialist paediatric dentist, trained 10 Hawkes Bay dental therapists to use the new 'Hall technique', which involves placing a stainless steel crown over a baby molar tooth to seal the decay in, rather than the conventional method of removing the decay with a drill and then placing a filling. Children who underwent Hall Technique treatment reported significantly less dental anxiety than those who had received conventional care. The success of the feasibility study has been reported widely in the national media, including in the New Zealand Herald and Otago Daily Times, as well as on national radio.