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Flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choice” stance

Monday, 15 September 2014, 10:19 am | University of Otago

Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study. The University of Otago research involved 15 in-depth interviews with 18-25 year olds who had started ... More >>

Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

Friday, 12 September 2014, 11:00 am | University of Otago

University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu. More >>

Otago researchers gain major science funding

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 2:50 pm | University of Otago

Six innovative University of Otago-led research proposals will receive $10.15 M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today. More >>

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 12:27 pm | University of Otago

Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet , also shows daily users are nearly seven times more ... More >>

Medical and vet schools address infectious disease spread

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 3:42 pm | University of Otago

Infectious diseases such as influenza and those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria increasingly threaten society’s health. Many originate in animals. These diseases are increasingly linked to contact between humans and animals, intensification and ... More >>

Science Challenge 11 Funding a Breakthrough For Urban NZ

Monday, 8 September 2014, 1:46 pm | University of Otago

The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. More >>

Trans-Tasman collaboration leads to new rotavirus vaccine

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 11:05 am | University of Otago

A new rotavirus vaccine that has the potential to save over half a million lives worldwide each year has reached a pivotal milestone after clinical trials results found the vaccine provided a strong immune response in over 90 per cent of babies ... More >>

Tobacco taxes important, but new approaches also needed

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:28 am | University of Otago

A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved. More >>

Political parties to be questioned on needs of children

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:08 am | University of Otago

Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised by ... More >>

Tobacco display bans protect youth and quitters: research

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 12:32 pm | University of Otago

Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research. More >>

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland

Monday, 1 September 2014, 9:56 am | University of Otago

A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week. Over the next two years the University of Otago, Wellington ... More >>

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 >>

 

 

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