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The link between fat and fertility

The link between fat and fertility

Drs Greg Anderson and Janette Quennell at the University's Centre for Neuroendocrinology are investigating how fertility-regulating neurons in the brain respond to nutritional signals secreted by fat cells or the gut.

Love is in the air?

Love is in the air?

In these days of ever-increasing workplace commitments and competitiveness, how do we make time to find that special someone? Don't bother, use drugs instead.

Is the brain immune?

Stephanie Hughes, PhD, and Sarah Parker, Department Biochemistry, are investigating the brain's ability to fight infection.

Marsden funds helps immune system research

Marsden funds helps immune system research

Dr Alexander McLellan was recently successful in obtaining Marsden funding for a study on newly identified nano-particles termed exosomes. Exosomes are sub-cellular particles released from a variety of cells.

The inherited component of genetic disease

The inherited component of genetic disease

Most human characteristics result from the impact of the environment on a person who has inherited a number of genes responsible for that characteristic from their parents.

Nature's cunning protein chaperones

Nature's cunning protein chaperones

Rhesa Budhidarmo has been awarded one of two Otago School of Medical Sciences Dean's Prize for the best Summer research project in 2007/08.

The bare bones of agriculture

The bare bones of agriculture

What could old human bones possibly have to do with agriculture?

Rescuing the disorganised brain

Rescuing the disorganised brain

When did you last take for granted your ability to enjoy a cup of coffee without spilling it everywhere?

Seeking a novel therapy for Alzheimer's disease

Seeking a novel therapy for Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a serious health problem in New Zealand and around the world.

Developing world-class research in nanotechnology

Developing world-class research in nanotechnology

Dr Stephen J Sowerby and Emeritus Professor George B Petersen from the Department of Biochemistry of the Otago School of Medical Sciences are developing a world-class, cross-disciplinary research capability in nanotechnology with a strong biomedical diagnostic focus.

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