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Professor Suzanne Pitama Appointed Dean Of Christchurch Campus

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 2:58 pm | University of Otago

An historic day for wahine Māori leadership at the University of Otago. Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare) has been appointed the new Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Christchurch. The former Director of the ... More >>

Significant Psychological Toll From COVID Lockdown For People With Histories Of Mental Illness – Study

Thursday, 7 October 2021, 6:32 am | University of Otago

New research suggests more priority needs to be given to support the health of New Zealanders struggling with mental illness during COVID-19 lockdowns – with findings showing many people with mental health histories struggle and are disproportionately ... More >>

University of Otago 2022 Arts Fellows announcement

Friday, 17 September 2021, 2:47 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago’s 2022 Arts Fellows’ projects will explore a wide range of topics with a common thread; understanding and embracing diversity. The 2022 Robert Burns Fellow is Albert Belz; Sean Donnelly is the Mozart Fellow; Michael Parmenter ... More >>

Lockdown 'Fear' And Money Worries Saw Patients Miss Vital Medications - Study

Thursday, 2 September 2021, 5:33 am | University of Otago

The swift move to electronic prescribing during the early months of the first COVID-19 pandemic saw a number of general practices struggling to adapt, with some patients and whānau too scared or cash-strapped to pick up their medications, a new University ... More >>

A Call For New Zealanders - Reach Out To Protect The Health Of The Elderly With The Move To Level 3

Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 6:10 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago geriatrician and researcher is calling on neighbours and extended family to reach out to support older New Zealanders potentially struggling with their physical and mental health, with the imminent shift to Level 3 lockdown for much ... More >>

COVID-19 Antibodies And Heart Health, Focus Of New Study

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 5:43 am | University of Otago

Christchurch researchers are aiming to get a handle on the number of Kiwis exposed to COVID-19 and how long antibodies to COVID-19 may last as part of a Government-funded study. Professor Chris Pemberton and a team from the University of Otago, Christchurch, ... More >>

Christchurch Cardiac Research Group Wins University’s Premier Award

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 1:55 pm | University of Otago

A Christchurch research group whose work has changed the way clinicians around the globe diagnose and treat heart conditions has won the University of Otago 2020 Research Group Award. The Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI) is a group of biomedical scientists ... More >>

World-first Study On Blood Hormone Could Help Reduce Cardiovascular Deaths

Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 9:29 am | University of Otago

A simple blood test could identify seemingly-healthy people with a high hidden risk of heart disease thanks to a world-first discovery by University of Otago, Christchurch researchers. Researchers from the University’s Christchurch Heart Institute studied ... More >>

Infectious Diseases Expert Awarded University’s Highest Honour

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 9:52 am | University of Otago

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged global cooperation and highlighted the importance of science-based policy in preventing the devastating impact on communities and economies by novel infectious diseases, according to the winner of the University of Otago’s ... More >>

Christchurch Researchers Secure Lion’s Share Of Almost $1million In Funding

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 6:14 am | University of Otago

Researchers developing a faster and less painful way of diagnosing Legionnaires’ disease are among the recipients of almost $1million in Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) grants. Eight University of Otago, Christchurch researchers were ... More >>

‘Quake Brain’ Study Could Give Insight Into Future Effects Of COVID Crisis

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 12:16 pm | University of Otago

‘Quake brain’ is a real phenomenon that impairs people’s memory even years after the shaking stops, a world-leading study from the University of Otago, Christchurch has shown. Lead researcher Professor Richard Porter says the study is potentially ... More >>

‘Quake Brain’ Study Could Give Insight Into Future Effects Of COVID Crisis

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 12:14 pm | University of Otago

‘Quake brain’ is a real phenomenon that impairs people’s memory even years after the shaking stops, a world-leading study from the University of Otago, Christchurch has shown. Lead researcher Professor Richard Porter says the study is potentially ... More >>

New Study Shows Lack Of Majority Support For Cannabis Law Change

Friday, 22 May 2020, 6:42 am | University of Otago

Middle-aged New Zealanders are more likely to be opposed to the legalisation of cannabis than in favour of it, a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch shows. Almost half of them opposed the legalisation of cannabis compared with almost ... More >>

Christchurch Researchers Asking Parents What Information They Need About COVID And Children’s Health

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 11:24 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers and paediatricians are launching an urgent study to understand what information parents need to understand and feel reassured about COVID-19 and its potential impact on children. The study comes as parents prepare ... More >>

NZers In International Study Of COVID’s Impact On Depression And Other Mood Disorders

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 1:26 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers are part of an urgent international effort to understand how isolation and disruption of routines associated with COVID-19 are affecting people with mood disorders. Mood disorders include bipolar disorder ... More >>

Sending Your Children To School Is As Safe As It’s Ever Been

Monday, 27 April 2020, 5:58 pm | University of Otago

Closing schools during the Level 4 lockdown for CoVID-19 sent a strong message about how we can beat this virus. This is a serious infection, and together we need to significantly reduce our close contacts with others to stop it spreading and eliminate ... More >>

Extended Lock-down Could Create Additional Risks For Older People’s Health.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 11:46 am | University of Otago

Loneliness and social isolation due to an extended lock-down could increase the mental and physical vulnerabilities of the more than 400,000 New Zealanders aged over 70, an elder care expert warns. Dr Hamish Jamieson is a University of Otago, ... More >>

NZers Need To Work Together In Preparation For Likely Coronavirus Pandemic, Otago Expert Says.

Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:33 am | University of Otago

The likelihood of New Zealand remaining coronavirus-free is low and the country should be preparing for a pandemic, a University of Otago, Christchurch infectious diseases specialist warns. Currently there are no cases of coronavirus disease (now ... More >>

Methamphetamine Use And Its Impact On Violence Laid Bare In World-first Study

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 2:33 pm | University of Otago

Almost a third of middle-aged New Zealanders have tried methamphetamine at least once, according to a new University of Otago, Christchurch study looking at the link between using the drug and violence in the general population. The study found those ... More >>

Tiaki could attract more responsible visitors

Friday, 8 November 2019, 12:22 pm | University of Otago

New Zealand could attract more responsible and high value visitors due to the recently launched Tiaki Promise, University of Otago research reveals. More >>