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Webster Centre: News and events

Relapse - why we're under attack


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases' members appear in ODT newspaper Cover Story on 'Relapse - why we're under attack'.

More than 41,000 New Zealanders are isolated in hospitals to stop the spread of disease

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Professor Kurt Krause, member of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appeared in the NZ Herald stating contact precautions were effective and essential because many pathogenic bacteria are spread by contact – touching a surface with the bacteria on it and then touching your face or food.  Contact isolation was not particularly harsh on patients, whereas airborne isolation could be very difficult for a patient because they can feel quite cut off.

Clock ticking on plan for superbugs


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dr James Ussher, co-convenor of the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease New Zealand Annual Scientific Conference, met with Ministry of Health representatives backed by the Ministry for Primary Industries, teamed up with infectious disease specialists to tackle this "emerging threat globally".

Smart Idea Project awarded MBIE 2017 Funding


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Members, Professor Vernon Ward (Dean of School of Biomedical Sciences) and Professor Kurt Krause (Department of Biochemistry), were awarded MBIE 2017 funding for their Smart Idea Project.

Dr Michael Knapp and Professor Greg Cook awarded MBIE 2017 Funding

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dr Michael Knapp, Department of Anatomy, and Professor Greg Cook, Webster Centre Steering Committee member, University Otago, were awarded $920,000 MBIE 2017 funding for "TB or not TB - examining the origin and evolution of tuberculosis in the pre-European Pacific".

One Health Aotearoa Symposium

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The One Health Aotearoa Symposium was held 13 – 14 December 2017 at Wellington, NZ. 

Cook team wins Otago Research Group Award


Thursday, 19 October 2017

A world-leading team of microbiologists, led by Professor Greg Cook whose work on a novel way to fight TB infections, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Otago's latest Research Group Award.

QMB/Webster Centre Infectious Diseases Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand


Thursday, 14 September 2017

The biennial Queenstown Molecular Biology/Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Symposium will be held 7 – 8 September, Queenstown, New Zealand.  Read more for speakers covering sessions on microbial pathogen genomes, infection and immunity, tuberculosis, drug discovery and novel therapeutics and vaccines, GAS and viral pathogenesis.

Professor Krause receives Catalyst funding from RSNZ

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Congratulations to Webster Centre Steering Committee member, Professor Kurt Krause, who received Catalyst Seeding funding from the RSNZ to target membrane proteins in mycobacteria to cure tuberculosis. 

16th International Conference on Pseudomonas

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Webster Centre Steering Committee member, Professor Iain Lamont, will be attending the 16th International Conference on Pseudomonas to be held 5 – 9 September 2017 at Liverpool, England.

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

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Monday, 31 July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

Otago Bacterial Energetics and Antimicrobial Resistance Group wins 2017 Research Group Award

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

This recognises an outstanding record of research, and consists of a grant to assist the group in hosting a one-day symposium to showcase their research, where the award will be formally presented. 

Congratulations to the group members: Professor Greg Cook, Dr Htin Aung, Dr Yoshio Nakatani, Dr Yosuke Shimaki, Kiel Hards, Scott Ferguson, Alan Hughes, Nicola Marechal, James Cheung and Nichaela Harbison-Price.

Drugs for bugs: beating AMR

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Professor Greg Cook and Dr Adam Heikal appear in DairyNews to discuss how our armoury of antimicrobials has been eroded and the vision of developing narrow spectrum agents that specifically target bad bacteria.

Ask a scientist


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Professor Andrew Mercer, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases answers an "Ask a Scientist" bacteria/virus question in the Otago Daily Times.

Germs are us

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Webster Centre members feature in a recent ODT article outlining the good news and bad news around our microbes and us. 

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