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Grant awarded for approach to stop biofilm-based infections

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:46 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices. More >>

WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:38 am | University of Otago

New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period. More >>

Otago researchers join new global Urban Health Programme

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:33 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand researchers are adding their expertise in housing and health to a newly launched global consortium of science and health organisations known as the Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme. More >>

Dental plaque reveals key plant in Easter Island diet

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:19 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact. More >>

Graeme Marsh to be Otago’s first Honorary Doctor of Commerce

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 5:26 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago will confer its inaugural Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree on retired Dunedin business leader and philanthropist Graeme Marsh this weekend. More >>

Concerns over NZ’s trend towards ‘Preventive Justice'

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 11:19 am | University of Otago

A new report by University of Otago researchers on the role of preventive detention in New Zealand raises serious concerns about a new law permitting ongoing and indefinite detention of certain offenders after they have completed their sentence. More >>

Far-reaching benefits for town and gown

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 3:40 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne is delighted that Dunedin has won prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status, which will have far-reaching benefits for both town and gown. More >>

Health Issues Highlighted in Child Poverty Monitor

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 8:51 am | University of Otago

Although the just released second annual Child Poverty Monitor has revealed a small decrease in the number of New Zealand children living in income poverty, researchers involved in its preparation say there is still much to address in terms of health ... More >>

Otago study confirms that sperm quality decreases with age

Monday, 1 December 2014, 10:43 am | University of Otago

Conflicting evidence about the extent to which men’s semen quality declines with age—likely lowering their fertility—is being cleared up by new University of Otago research that has collated and reviewed data from 90 previous studies from ... More >>

Three leading Otago researchers awarded national medals

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:46 pm | University of Otago

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2014 Research Honours Dinner. The trio were among 13 New Zealand researchers to be honoured at ... More >>

Belfast researcher to become Otago Professor of Theology

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:53 am | University of Otago

Dr David Tombs, a leading public theology and reconciliation researcher working in Northern Ireland, will take up the University of Otago’s Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues in January. The Chair is part of the University’s ... More >>

Influenza estimated to kill about 400 NZers each year

Monday, 24 November 2014, 11:37 am | University of Otago

New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time. This is an average annual mortality rate of 10.6 per 100,000 population. More >>

Ancient NZ ‘Dawn Whale’ identified by Otago researchers

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:44 am | University of Otago

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of fossil baleen whales and two species within it. More >>

Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 9:17 am | University of Otago

Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s ... More >>

Neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to male brains

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 11:57 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have discovered that neural circuitry they previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation and maintaining fertility also plays a key role in moulding the male brain. More >>

Agreement acknowledges important and enduring relationship

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 10:25 am | University of Otago

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Kōkiri Marae Seaview and Tū Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust and the University of Otago next week will formalise a relationship that began more than 30 years ago. Since 1999, health and social services provider, ... More >>

‘One Health’ approach to infection

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 3:27 pm | University of Otago

Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow. Hosted by the ... More >>

Study shows more “quit” stimulus needed on cigarette packs

Monday, 10 November 2014, 1:02 pm | University of Otago

Monday 10 Novbember 2014 New research from the University of Otago, published recently in the prestigious BMJ-owned journal Tobacco Control, suggests tobacco plain packaging would be enhanced by clearer and more visually striking Quitline information. Professor ... More >>

Moa were exterminated by a low-density human population

Monday, 10 November 2014, 10:45 am | University of Otago

A new study involving University of Otago researchers suggests that moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand’s human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most. More >>

Strong link between selenium levels and depression

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:31 am | University of Otago

A new University of Otago study has found that selenium levels that are both too high in the body, and worse, too low, can place young people at greater risk of depression. More >>



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