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Easing pain and cost for arthritis sufferers

Easing pain and cost for arthritis sufferers

Otago has a rich history of establishing firsts, leading the way in many fields. University of Otago researchers are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb does his own research on the researchers.

Potential life-saver launched

Potential life-saver launched

A life-saving hand-held device developed at the University of Otago to quickly detect viruses and bacteria is set to go global - and millions could be sold.

Drug therapy trial likely

Drug therapy trial likely

A Dunedin researcher hopes to be undertaking clinical trials to help stroke victims within the next two years.

Deep debt for our future doctors

Deep debt for our future doctors

University of Otago medical student Alex Hedley is unsure how he is going to come up with $20,000 to pay for his last year of study.

Lab relocation on hold

Lab relocation on hold

The University of Otago's plan to relocate its animal testing facility after the spread of a parasitic worm has been put on hold while a preferred site is chosen.

Crystal hits right note with charity

Crystal hits right note with charity

A University of Otago student has helped raise $28,000 after coming up with an ingenious way to help charities by taking advantage of student brainpower.

Researcher counters claim taxpayers' money wasted

Researcher counters claim taxpayers' money wasted

A University of Otago professor has struck back after the Taxpayers' Union accused the university of wasting taxpayers' money ''counting graffiti and rubbish''.

No-catch zones needed to save eels: scientist

No-catch zones needed to save eels: scientist

A University of Otago scientist wants no-catch zones created for longfin eels and says the Government is not acting quickly enough to protect the species.

Award for marine scientist

Award for marine scientist

Asociate Prof Keith Probert, a former head of the University of Otago marine science department, has won a national award, recognising his ''outstanding contribution'' to marine science.

Bowel test has promise

Bowel test has promise

University of Otago researchers have found new ways to detect changes occurring on the surface of the bowel, which may lead to better treatment for hundreds of children with Crohn's disease and colitis.

Hayne hails Labour's funding promise

Hayne hails Labour's funding promise

Universities will be forced to cut the quality of education they provide if the Government does not increase funding, University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne says.

NZ's high graduation rate poser

NZ's high graduation rate poser

University of Otago senior academic Prof Richie Poulton has urged Otago graduates to make their own luck and become ''expert'' listeners, learning from the ''wise people'' around them.

'Very, very happy' to complete degree

'Very, very happy' to complete degree

Mature student Wallie Waudby is ''over the moon'' to be graduating from the University of Otago with a BA in history today.

Uni top on two counts

Uni top on two counts

The University of Otago has again out-performed all other New Zealand universities in annually released league tables measuring student performance.

Outside firm caused cost blow-out

A budget blow-out in the University of Otago's upgrade of Toroa College was caused by a $1.335 million mistake made by a staff member of an external quantity surveying company.

Research publishing app boost for academics

Research publishing app boost for academics

Failure to cope with growing pressures to publish their research can be disastrous for some promising young academics, Associate Prof James Maclaurin says.

Research findings graduate's reward

Research findings graduate's reward

Yoga practitioner Lesley Ward is ''very excited'' to be graduating from the University of Otago this week, but is equally delighted with the health benefits highlighted in her recent yoga therapy research.

Toroa College $1m budget blowout

Toroa College $1m budget blowout

The cost of the University of Otago's upgrade and expansion of Toroa College has blown out further - it is now almost $1 million over budget.

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