Inaugural co‑directors appointed to Aotearoa’s Infectious Diseases Research Platform

Professor Nigel French

A key initiative aimed at boosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID‑19 response and preparing for future disease outbreaks has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of co‑directors to the newly formed Infectious Disease Research Platform (IDRP). The Platform, co‑hosted by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and the University of Otago, is…

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World-first studies point way to preventing rheumatic fever in Aotearoa and internationally

Professor Michael Baker

University of Otago-led research has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that household overcrowding is a major risk factor for acute rheumatic fever and streptococcal infections of the skin. Their research is published in two companion articles in the international medical journal The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific. Lead researcher Professor Michael Baker of the…

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