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More momentum needed to achieve Smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:05 am | University of Otago

New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved. Analysis ... More >>

Wellington’s street-connecting walkways could be better

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 11:02 am | University of Otago

Graffiti, litter, and insufficient lighting and signage on Wellington’s street-connecting walkways are likely to be discouraging their use, researchers say. A University of Otago, Wellington study of 118 of the Capital’s street-connecting walkways found ... More >>

Systemic problems and under-resourcing in NZ coronial system

Monday, 21 July 2014, 1:02 pm | University of Otago

A ground-breaking University of Otago study of more than 600 findings by coroners in New Zealand has identified serious failings that constrain the ability of coroners to act preventively and stop further loss of life. More >>

Improving prepayment electricity schemes

Monday, 21 July 2014, 9:41 am | University of Otago

Improving prepayment electricity schemes could benefit households As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using ... More >>

Skraaarrk! Sirocco film a finalist at WildScreen festival

Friday, 18 July 2014, 10:14 am | University of Otago

Skraaarrk! Sirocco film a finalist at prestigious WildScreen festival Recent University of Otago film-making graduate Ashwika Kapur has hit the big time with her documentary ‘From Dud to Stud’, about Sirocco the kakapo, who is the only bird in the world ... More >>

Quakes impact on substance use and mental health quantified

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 12:48 pm | University of Otago

Cantabrians who experienced serious quake-related adversity are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking and 40 per cent more likely to have mental health conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder than people who did not ... More >>

UK primary care expert takes up Elaine Gurr Chair

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1:03 pm | University of Otago

A leading UK academic general practitioner, Professor Tim Stokes, has this month taken up the Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice at the University of Otago’s Dunedin School of Medicine. More >>

Is it worth voting? – A debate for our times

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:04 pm | University of Otago

Is it worth voting? – A debate for our times In a world of ever-growing economic inequality and accelerating climate change, questions are being raised about the ability of the current political system to respond adequately to such complex challenges. ... More >>

HPV vaccination for school boys not yet cost-effective

Monday, 14 July 2014, 11:48 am | University of Otago

HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington. More >>

Leading overseas academics join Science Communication Centre

Friday, 11 July 2014, 2:44 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago has appointed an internationally leading science communicator as its new professor in the discipline. More >>

Smokefree car law still needed to protect children

Friday, 4 July 2014, 10:47 am | University of Otago

Newly-published research shows the potential for community campaigns to reduce smoking in cars, but legislation is still critical to ensure children are protected the authors say. More >>

Prestigious award for rising Otago researchers

Friday, 4 July 2014, 10:16 am | University of Otago

University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award have been awarded this year to two early career researchers who have already made important international contributions to their disciplines. More >>

Otago academic awarded top prize for tertiary teaching

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 10:25 am | University of Otago

The Prime Minister last night presented his 2014 Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence to Dr Karyn Paringatai (Ngāti Porou), lecturer at Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago. More >>

Study analyses NZ newspapers’ coverage of tobacco control

Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 9:18 am | University of Otago

Study analyses NZ newspapers’ coverage of tobacco control issues University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone ... More >>

New Health Star Rating nutrition label may not be best

Monday, 30 June 2014, 9:52 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are questioning the likely effectiveness of new Health Star Rating nutrition labels that may soon be seen on the front of food packages in New Zealand and Australia. More >>

Breast cancer screening programme targets women too soon

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 12:36 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand should re-consider the age at which its breast cancer screening programme starts in light of growing questions about the balance of benefits and harms for women under 50, public health experts from the University of Otago Wellington say. More >>

Decline in funding undermines smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 2:34 pm | University of Otago

A steady decline in funding for mass media campaigns to promote smoking reduction is undermining the Government’s goal to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025, warn ASPIRE 2025 researchers. Analysis of campaigns by the main organisations implementing ... More >>

Otago international research collaborations gain funding

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 2:20 pm | University of Otago

Two University of Otago scientists’ international research collaborations involving gout and ‘food for health’ are to receive significant support following separate funding announcements this week. Biochemistry’s Associate Professor Tony Merriman ... More >>

Early Career Awards for outstanding researchers

Monday, 23 June 2014, 12:26 pm | University of Otago

Otago announces Early Career Awards for outstanding researchers Five up-and-coming University of Otago staff from across its Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses are the latest recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research. Dr ... More >>

Process for handling submissions on Bills vulnerable

Monday, 23 June 2014, 10:09 am | University of Otago

Process for handling submissions on Bills vulnerable to commercial influence New research from the University of Otago shows that the process used by select committees for handling submissions on Bills can favour commercial interests over the public ... More >>



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