2011 News Archive

  • Tate Lab on National Radio
  • 08/07/2011
  • fullAlzheimers and proteins group at bench
    Our Changing World again featured researchers from our department last night. Some of Professor Warren Tate's research group spoke to Ruth Beran about their work on proteins associated with Alzheimer's Disease. Read more >>
  • Student prizes awarded
  • 02/03/2011
  • Prizewinnners2
    The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce that Hyon-Xhi Tan, Emma Nolan, Caillan Crowe-McAuliffe, Sam Walsh, and Laura Haycock are the winners of the following student prizes for 2010. Read more >>
  • Stephanie Hughes on Radio
  • 01/07/2011
  • fullParkinsons and light Louise and Stephanie crop
    Last night's "Our Changing World" featured our own Stephanie Hughes along with her collaborator Louise Parr-Brownlie discussing their work using light pulses on cells to study a model of Parkinson's Disease. Read more >>
  • Second Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for A/P Poulter
  • 09/11/2011
  • The University of Otago announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges. Associate Professor Russell Poulter will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled “Activation of latent HIV by cyclic analogues of Tat”. Read more >>
  • Rutherford Lecture
  • 21/07/2011
  • WarrenRutherford
    Last night Professor Warren Tate gave the second of his Rutherford lectures to a packed Hutton Theatre at Otago Museum. After introductory remarks from Dr Christine Jasoni of the Otago Institute and Dr Garth Carnaby, President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Warren took the audience on a condensed journey through his professional career. Read more >>
  • Research Society meeting
  • 25/08/2011
  • Gabby
    The 35th meeting of the "Department of Biochemistry Research Society" was held on the afternoons of August 23 and 24 2011. All of the fourth year Honours, Masters, and Dip Sci students presented the work they have done over the last few months in a series of fifteen minute talks to the whole department. The talks highlighted the broad range of research in the Department and the amount of hard work students put into their practical work. The standard of the presentations was excellent. Read more >>
  • Professor Tate National Speaking Tour
  • 13/07/2011
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    On Monday 18th July Professor Warren Tate begins his Rutherford Lecture Series. This is a national tour of speaking dates in Nelson (18th July), Dunedin (20th July), Wanaka (21st July), Rotorua (26th July), Palmerston North (27th July), and Auckland (28th July). An additional lecture is being scheduled for Christchurch on the 15th September. Read more >>
  • Professor Krause on radio
  • 14/06/2011
  • Yesterday morning Professor Kurt Krause was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on Nine to Noon. Kurt spoke about the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany. Read more >>
  • PC3 Laboratory
  • 07/10/2011
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    Professor Kurt Krause was in yesterday's Otago Daily Times watching the new PC3 biocontainment facility being hoisted onto the roof of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Professors Frank Griffin and Gregory Cook from that department. The purchase of the PC3 facility was initiated by the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, of which Professor Krause is the Director, and funded by the university. It will allow our scientists to study the microorganisms that cause infectious diseases such as tuberculosis in safety. Read more >>
  • Otago Genomics Facility Meeting
  • 07/02/2011
  • This year's Otago Genomics Facility Meeting will be held in the Department of Biochemistry from 10am to 5pm on Friday February 18, 2011.  As in previous years there will be a great line-up of local, national and international speakers, covering a  wide range of genomics applications. Read more >>
  • Four members of the Department win awards
  • 07/02/2011
  • Associate Professors Catherine Day and Peter Dearden, Dr Liz Duncan, and Mrs Kaye Wilson won major awards at the recent Otago School of Medical Sciences Awards ceremony. Catherine Day won the OSMS Distinguished Researcher of the Year, Kaye Wilson won the Distinguished Teaching Fellow, and Peter Dearden and Liz Duncan won the Best Paper of 2010 Award. Read more >>
  • First prize for poster
  • 22/11/2011
  • SharMalinda
    Congratulations to postgraduate students Sharleen Rae (Biochemistry) and Malinda Tantirigama (Physiology) who won a first prize award at the University of Otago’s Health Science Research Forum in October.  The theme of the forum was Innovation Through Collaboration and the poster was designed to demonstrate how both students' PhD projects fitted together as part of a wider collaboration between the Neural Development and Disease lab in Biochemistry, and the Empson lab in Physiology. Read more >>
  • "Ever Wondered?"
  • 12/09/2011
  • Two more recent episodes of TVNZ 7's "Ever Wondered?" programme have featured Biochemistry Department staff. On the 11th August Professor Warren Tate spoke on Alzheimer's research, and on 8th September Associate Professor Tony Merriman introduced us to the study of genetics. Read more >>
  • Eaton-Rye Lab on TVNZ 7
  • 05/08/2011
  • Members of the Eaton-Rye lab last night featured on a TV show on TVNZ 7 called 'Ever Wondered' at 7.05pm talking about alternative fuels and photosynthesis. The item can be viewed on TVNZ On Demand - select "Chapter 3" to see the interview on Julian's group. Read more >>
  • Dr Daniel Garama and kina
  • 29/08/2011
  • DanGarama
    Dr Daniel Garama, who graduated on Saturday, was in the Otago Daily Times talking about his research on kina. Dan is trying to develop a system for cultivating kina with consistent light-coloured roe as a high value export. Read more >>
  • Biochemistry PSA research
  • 26/08/2011
  • Poulter
    Associate Professor Russell Poulter is in the news this week. A reseach team consisting of Assoc Prof Poulter, Professor Iain Lamont, Dr Margi Butler, Dr Becky Laurie, and Mr Les McNoe, has determined the genomic sequence of the Kiwifruit pathogen PSA. Read more >>
  • Assoc Prof Poulter receives US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant
  • 29/04/2011
  • Poulter
    The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Associate Professor Russell Poulter of the Department of Biochemistry will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Targeting HIV provirus with novel restriction endonucleases”. Read more >>
  • Assoc Prof Guilford gets HRC funding
  • 21/07/2011
  • The key to curing cancer is early detection, as most tumours have begun to spread by the time obvious symptoms are noticed. It is vital to have methods that can be used to screen high-risk groups before symptoms appear. The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has supported the development of both tests. The HRC Chief Executive, Dr Robin Olds, says: “Cancers of the bladder and prostate are very treatable if detected early. A highly accurate, non-invasive screening test like this will undoubtedly prevent some needless deaths.” Read more >>
  • Assoc Prof Dearden on TV
  • 23/09/2011
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    Last night Associate Professor Peter Dearden was featured on TVNZ7's "Ever Wondered" programme. He spoke about the fascinating life of bees, which have been a life-long interest, and are the focus of his research. Read more >>
  • 2011 Marsden successes
  • 06/10/2011
  • ThreeMarsdens
    Three Biochemistry Department researchers were successful in the Marsden funding announced today. Associate Professor Catherine Day will receive $985,000, Dr Liz Duncan $345,000, and Dr Stephanie Hughes is associate investigator on Professor Cliff Abraham's $985,000 grant. Read more >>
  • 10th Otago Genomics Facility Meeting.
  • 08/03/2011
  • GenomicsMeeting2011
    The 10th Otago Genomics Facility Meeting was held on February 18th. The meeting was a popular as ever with 120 people registered and attending. We had an impressive lineup of speakers, with Dr Michael Mann from the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore as a keynote. He gave a fantastic talk on the use of transposon mediated gene knockouts to study genes involved in melanoma progression. Read more >>