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Postgraduate Symposium at Otago Museum - 28 & 29 April
Combining fluorescent imaging and optogenetic stimulation to study the brain
10 March 2015
Associate Professor Ruth Empson is part of an international collaboration, which developed a combination of fluorescent imaging and optogenetic stimulation. This is considered a powerful way to learn both where cells are in space, when they are active or silent, and how they interact, or connect, with other cells in the circuits they form.
This research was featured in the journal Neuron and will assist a Marsden-funded collaboration, including Dr Andrew Clarkson, looking into the significance of connectivity changes among a specific group of motor neurons after stroke.
To learn more about this research and to access a YouTube video on these tools, go to the University of Otago media release.
OSMS Lecturers win University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards
3 March 2015
Four inspiring University of Otago lecturers were honoured yesterday at the University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony.
Dr Kemp was recognised for her innovative and creative teaching of immunology and for providing a safe and supportive environment for learning and communicating science. Associate Professor Jasoni was honoured for her outstanding ability to relate to her audience and a combination of enthusiasm, empathy and innovation to engage them.
Stomach cancer risk research in the media
16 February 2015
Professor Parry Guilford is part of an international team that has come up with the first accurate risk estimates of people developing stomach cancer if they have inherited certain genetic mutations that causes familial stomach cancer.