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'Silent' cells may aid stroke recovery

'Silent' cells may aid stroke recovery

Novel therapies could one day boost functional recovery from strokes by restoring contact with "silent brain cells", University of Otago researcher Dr Andrew Clarkson says.

Opposition to gene doping challenged

Opposition to gene doping challenged

Previous opposition to "gene doping" should be rethought and such forms of genetic enhancement embraced as a potentially healthier alternative to performance-enhancing drugs, Scottish ethicist Prof Andy Miah says.

Museum may close for 18 months

Museum may close for 18 months

Dunedin city councillors will this month consider a proposal that could result in the Otago Settlers Museum closing to the public for about 18 months, until the museum redevelopment project is completed.

Talks to mark Brain Day

University of Otago researchers Dr Liana Machado, Dr Graeme Hammond-Tooke, Dr Andrew Clarkson and Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie, will give free public talks at the university's Castle St lecture theatre complex tomorrow to mark national Brain Day.

Museum issues raised in report

A confidential Dunedin City Council report has questioned the nature of Otago Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul's reporting to his board and raised the "wider issue" of the relationship between the council and museum.

Scientist honoured for her leadership

Scientist honoured for her leadership

University of Otago Prof Jean Fleming has been elected a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, recognising her "outstanding leadership in science".

Bores drilled into Alpine Fault

Bores drilled into Alpine Fault

An international scientific team, including University of Otago geologists, has successfully drilled through the Alpine Fault on the West Coast, starting an ambitious project to learn more about earthquake mechanisms there.

Awards highlight value of research

Awards highlight value of research

The value of the University' of Otago's bachelor of medical science honours programme in the university's overall health science education has been emphasised by health sciences pro-vice-chancellor Prof Peter Crampton.

Pastoral care for students

The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic are both offering strong pastoral support to Japanese students studying at the two Dunedin institutions after Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Numbed by TV images

Former Dunedin resident Russell Duff is "numbed and sickened" by television images showing extensive tsunami damage in plains north of Tokyo after Friday's massive earthquake near Japan.