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Introducing Dr Ian Towle, our new Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellow


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The SJWRI is delighted to introduce our Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellow for 2019, Dr Ian Towle. Ian will be working under the mentorship of Dr Carolina Loch on a research project titled ‘An evolutionary perspective on dental properties, disease and wear’.

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Professor Murray Thomson wins 2019 Chaffer Medal

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

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.

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Dental research could mean big savings

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

A fourth-year undergraduate dental student has already made a mark in the world of dental research – and her findings could bring future savings to New Zealand’s dental practices.

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$1.2M Health Research Council project grant awarded to A/Prof Brian Monk of the SJWRI

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Congratulations to A/Prof Brian Monk of the SJWRI’s Molecular Microbiology research programme on the award of a three-year Project Grant worth $1,199,967 in the 2019 Health Research Council of New Zealand annual funding round, for his project ‘Readying next-generation antifungals for drug development’. This continues a long-standing programme of Marsden Fund and HRC-supported research into antifungal drug development in A/Prof Monk’s laboratory. A/Prof Monk says, "The research will use our structure-based understanding of how existing antifungals work in order to create new broad-spectrum drugs that are more effective and inexpensive."

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New Auckland dental base on target for February


Monday, 24 June 2019

The concrete floor slab has been poured for the top floor of the University of Otago’s new $28.3 million dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic beside the Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland, the University’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Willis, says.

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

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

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.

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New building opened at national centre for dentistry


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

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.

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