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University scanner the gold standard for Consumer tests

Monday, 1 February 2021 9:21am

Consumer NZ has used the full-body DXA X-ray scanner at the University’s Wellington campus as the gold standard against which to measure the accuracy of body fat bathroom scales and body composition scans.

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Giving sports teams an edge

Thursday, 7 May 2020 10:01pm

Professional footballers are used to having their fitness assessed, so when three first team players from the Wellington Phoenix visit the University of Otago, Wellington (pre-lockdown) for a state-of-the-art full body scan, they are unfazed.

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Innovative Young Minds visit CTP

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 9:04am

A group of forty Year 11 and 12 female students from all over the country visited the Centre for Translational Physiology (CTP) in July to learn about human physiology through a series of hands-on experiments supervised by staff and senior students.

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Otago health researchers share more than $3.5m in Career Development Awards

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 9:19am

A University of Otago Christchurch engineer is developing  a ‘lego’ system to 3D-bioprint bone; a solution that could one day replace the billions-of-dollars-worth of ceramic and titanium implants required by New Zealand patients annually.

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Otago researcher secures funding for therapy to help prevent disorders in preterm babies

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 10:09am

A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely.

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New medical device for brain monitoring at the bedside

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:26am

A University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) team has been awarded an MBIE Endeavour grant this week to develop a non-invasive and cost-effective device to diagnose and treat stroke and other brain injuries.

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New Centre for Translational Physiology launched in Wellington

Monday, 31 July 2017 4:08pm

A unique centre that will forge new links between health researchers and clinicians, working on solutions for complex diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke, is being launched at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) this week.

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Men of different ethnicities needed for Wellington weight loss study

Thursday, 29 June 2017 2:33pm

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) are seeking 20 men from different ethnic backgrounds for a study to find out how well people of different body shapes and different ethnicities respond to a weight loss diet.

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Hurricanes find new way to get even fitter

Monday, 23 January 2017 9:48am

The defending Super Rugby champions, the Hurricanes, are using the Wellington GEnESiS chamber to train for the upcoming season.

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Pants feeling a bit tight post-Christmas? Change the temperature of your room

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:57am

UOW researchers are using a new tool to see how our environment is shaping our waistlines.

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Amazon humidity and Everest Base Camp Wellington

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:29am

Researchers can now explore complex health questions in a unique environmental simulation suite at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Curious kids doing cool science

Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:26am

Watch what happens when curious kids do cool science! Special thanks to our deputy director Dr Max Berry who led the project and the kids from Maoribank and Pinehaven schools.

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Everest tragedies: 'We don't really adapt at 9000 metres, that's the death zone'

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 9:37am

At around 2500 metres above sea level most climbers start to suffer.

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Bodies and bugs: Curious kids doing cool science

Friday, 4 December 2015 8:23am

A pilot project that will help connect children’s innate curiosity with real life science is about to start at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:24pm

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The findings open the way for developing potential new treatments to prevent subsequent full strokes, the researchers believe.

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Portable technology for neurocritical care

Monday, 14 September 2015 10:25am

A collaborative research team, led by Dr Shieak Tzeng from the University of Otago, Wellington, has recently received funding to develop a portable brain monitoring device.

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Gift to enhance the future care of our most fragile babies

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 1:27pm

Our most vulnerable babies may in the future get an even better start to life and have fewer long-term health problems due to the kindness of The Neonatal Trust New Zealand and ICAP New Zealand.

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Otago researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 1:20pm

Eight of the nine ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ awarded nationally in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) 2015 funding round have been won by up-and-coming Otago researchers.

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Testing how blood flow to the brain is regulated

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:11pm

To better understand how people differ, Shieak and his team are running tests at the University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine on healthy people to determine how blood flow to the brain is regulated. What they’re finding is surprising: individuals regulate blood flow very differently.

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Collaboration seals chamber success

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 12:04pm

The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) will soon house New Zealand’s first advanced human environmental chamber – an airtight room designed to simulate some of the more inhospitable conditions found in the world.