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News from the University of Otago, Wellington

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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.

Self-harm content on Instagram: “self-harm or self-help?”

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

Instagram users who post self-harm content online are choosing ambiguous hashtags in an attempt to circumvent the social media platform’s ban on harmful content, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the HRC’s new Health Delivery Research portfolio.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2020

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Monday 24 August 2020

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

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

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Tuesday 30 June 2020

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

University offers training in refugee and migrant health

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Friday 5 June 2020

A post-graduate course on refugee and migrant health being run by the University of Otago, Wellington is offering primary health care professionals the opportunity to improve their training in the area, ahead of a likely increase in the number of refugees coming to the country.

Otago and COVID-19: Playing our part

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Friday 5 June 2020

A campaign highlighting the role Otago’s academics and medical experts have played in shaping New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 will be released this weekend.

Responding to the global pandemic – Otago’s story

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Friday 22 May 2020

As the University re-opens under Alert Level 2, and life takes on a new normal following the COVID-19 lockdown, Communications Adviser (Projects) Sean Flaherty takes a closer look at Otago's ongoing response to the global pandemic.

Teens shocked by suicide portrayal in ‘13 Reasons Why’ study finds

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Tuesday 19 May 2020

Teenagers interviewed about their views on the suicide portrayed in the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why report being shocked by the graphic detail of the scene, which they saw as excessive, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Giving sports teams an edge

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Thursday 7 May 2020

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.

He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2020

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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Welcome to the Autumn 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with recent highlights from the Wellington campus.