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Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 9:59 am | University of Otago

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. ... More >>

Māori a priority to address poor stomach cancer survival

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:31 am | University of Otago

New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori. More >>

Researchers reveal how ocean bacteria use light to grow

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 1:42 pm | University of Otago

Sunlight stimulates common ocean bacteria to use carbon dioxide for growth when high-quality organic carbon food sources are scarce, according to surprising research by an international team that includes a University of Otago researcher. More >>

Many drinks children associate with sport are unhealthy

Friday, 8 August 2014, 12:26 pm | University of Otago

Urgent action is needed to help children and parents make healthier choices when it comes to the drinks children consume when playing sport, say University of Otago, Wellington researchers. More >>

New Dean of Otago School of Medical Sciences selected

Friday, 8 August 2014, 9:33 am | University of Otago

Professor Vernon Ward has been selected as the next Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences. He is a Professor of Virology and current Head of the University’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology. More >>

Risks to world’s penguin populations analysed

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 3:23 pm | University of Otago

Risks to world’s penguin populations analysed University of Otago researchers are among the co-authors of a major study of all of the world’s different penguin species that suggests that these birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing ... More >>

Paediatric surgeon is first Pacific Island Associate Dean

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 12:25 pm | University of Otago

Christchurch paediatric surgeon Dr Kiki Maoate is the University of Otago, Christchurch’s first Associate Dean, Pacific. More >>

University of Otago honours Microbiology research leader

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 1:01 pm | University of Otago

A world-leading authority on how bacteria grow and survive in extreme conditions, Professor Greg Cook, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest distinction, the Distinguished Research Medal. More >>

Funding for research into new wave of breast cancer drugs

Monday, 4 August 2014, 5:14 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago research aimed at developing drugs that are selectively lethal to cancer cells is one of two newly funded innovative projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand. More >>

NZ schoolchildren not disadvantaged by part-time work

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 1:14 pm | University of Otago

Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests. More >>

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 >>



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