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News from the University of Otago, Wellington

Karere - Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo ki Pōneke

Wellington Activity Passport

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Tuesday 21 September 2021

The pocket-sized Pōneke Puka Mahi passport offers students the chance to tick off 32 of the capital’s best attractions.

A road map to ending diesel vehicle pollution

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Friday 17 September 2021

Researchers have developed a road map to accelerate the removal of light diesel vehicles, including cars, utes and vans, from New Zealand roads in a quest to clear the air.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2021

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 

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Monday 12 July 2021

Dr Jenny Visser has led the postgraduate interdisciplinary travel medicine programme from the Wellington campus since 1999.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed at University of Otago

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Thursday 1 July 2021

The University of Otago announced this morning that Professor David Murdoch will be its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Murdoch, a distinguished academic and recognised world-leader in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly pneumonia and other respiratory infections, is currently Dean and Head of Campus, University of Otago, Christchurch.

A career that cares for others

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Thursday 17 June 2021

If you ask a young person what their dream career is, it’s not often that you’ll hear the response “Radiation Therapist”.

Shining a light on the shocking state of NZ’s acute mental health units

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Wednesday 16 June 2021

A series published by news and current affairs website Newsroom highlights the findings of a major research project led by Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group Dr Gabrielle Jenkin into the architectural design and social environment of New Zealand’s acute mental health facilities.

$1.64 million for Otago in HRC funding rounds

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Tuesday 1 June 2021

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie says Otago is grateful for HRC’s ongoing support which enables the University to continue its world-leading research.

NZ Scientists’ award for Wellington researcher

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Monday 31 May 2021

Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, the Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University of Otago, Wellington, has won the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Cranwell Medal for science communication for 2020.

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

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Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

New Zealand housing lacking basic amenities, new report finds

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Thursday 13 May 2021

Five per cent of New Zealand houses lack at least one of six basic amenities including drinkable tap water, electricity, a toilet, and a kitchen sink, a new report from the He Kāinga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Investigating epilepsy in Māori

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Wednesday 5 May 2021

Understanding the reasons behind the higher burden of epilepsy experienced by Māori children is the focus of a Health Research Council (HRC) funded research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, led by PhD student and paediatric registrar Dr Ngaire Keenan.

Pūtea Tautoko steps up for Otago’s students

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Tuesday 4 May 2021

International PhD students Grace Duke and Jessica Valisa say the support they received from Otago’s Pūtea Tautoko fund has made it possible for them to finish their degrees.

Summer research

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Forty-five students from across the University have taken part in research projects on the Wellington campus over summer, tacking a wide range of projects, from researching green transport solutions to working with the Ministry of Health contributing to research on the COVID-19 response.

He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2021

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan

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Thursday 15 April 2021

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, have welcomed and endorsed the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 released by Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall today.

Silver linings in lockdown

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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Pump up the volume on quality school PE, researchers urge

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Friday 12 March 2021

Increasing the amount of time schools devote to physical education each week could dramatically reduce the number of children who are doing only minimal levels of exercise, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Sport New Zealand have found.

We must have a better plan for the next pandemic, say Otago researchers

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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s next pandemic plan needs a completely different approach to our previous plan that was focussed on influenza, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington in a new article that identifies key lessons from the COVID-19 response for managing future major outbreaks and pandemics.

Women supporting women in making change to energy poverty

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Thursday 18 February 2021

When Dr Kim O’Sullivan returned to her high school to speak with students as part of her post-doctoral research; it was the beginning of a new chapter for (then) high school student Isobel Harris Clark.

Otago launches Medical Students’ Elective Inquiry

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Wednesday 10 February 2021

The University of Otago is launching a formal inquiry into sixth year Medical Degree electives following failure to meet attendance requirements for overseas electives by a significant number of students in the 2019 MB ChB Trainee Intern Class.

University scanner the gold standard for Consumer tests

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Monday 1 February 2021

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.

Targeted health messaging needed in era of vaping, researchers say

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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Health authorities should develop targeted health messages for vaping product and e-liquid packaging to encourage smokers to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and to prevent non-smokers from taking up vaping, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington says.

Ones to Watch: Rebekah Amitrano

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Wednesday 27 January 2021

“I’ve known for a long time that I want to do something that helps people and I decided law was a way of helping many people at once.”

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2020

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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Welcome to the Summer 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Marsden Grants for Wellington research

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Monday 14 December 2020

Three researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have received grants from the Marsden Fund to conduct research into topics ranging from tissue grafting to youth substance use to energy use in a warming world.

Boost for biomedical research at Otago

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Monday 14 December 2020

The arrival of a new state-of-the-art $400,000 spectral flow cytometer on the Wellington campus will significantly enhance the University’s capacity to do biomedical research.

Travel Medicine in a time of COVID

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Thursday 3 December 2020

With COVID-19 vaccines now on the horizon, a travel doctor and convenor of the travel medicine programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, is urging general practice staff to undertake further study to upgrade their travel medicine skills.

Handmade in thanks

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Friday 27 November 2020

New Zealand jewellers have put their hands together to create medals for three researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, as a thanks for their work on New Zealand’s COVID-19 response.

Professional staff efforts recognised

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Friday 20 November 2020

The annual University of Otago Staff Awards took place on 20 November, with an expanded list of awards to mark a truly remarkable year.

Liley Medal for ground-breaking asthma research

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Monday 16 November 2020

University of Otago researcher Professor Mark Weatherall has been jointly awarded the prestigious Health Research Council’s Liley Medal, awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the health and medical sciences.

Significant psychological toll from COVID-19 lockdown

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Thursday 5 November 2020

Research published today has confirmed the nationwide Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown had a significant toll on New Zealanders’ well-being, especially for younger people – but the results were not all negative.

Eliminating COVID-19: what the world can learn from NZ and Taiwan

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Thursday 22 October 2020

Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.

Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

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Wednesday 14 October 2020

Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

Medical students capture New Zealanders’ COVID-19 experiences

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Wednesday 14 October 2020

Third-year medical students have been given a unique opportunity to become field assistants for a COVID-19 research project, conducting virtual interviews with community groups about the impact of the pandemic on their organisations.

Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor to leave after a decade

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Thursday 8 October 2020

The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021.  Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Making a world of difference

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Thursday 1 October 2020

University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.