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One Health Aotearoa aims to improve health and well-being through integrated, cross-sectoral, and whole-of-society approaches to health hazards. We focus on inclusive­ness across the health sectors: animal, environment and human. Read about the latest research from our members.

Professor Nigel French

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

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 ...
Professor Michael Baker

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

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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One Health Aotearoa Autumn 2022 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter announces our new Co-director and Management Group members, includes the save the date information for our 8th annual symposium later this year and congratulates the recipient of he Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize 2022.   View the OHA Autumn 2022 newsletter.
Professor Iain Lamont in the laboratory

Professor Iain Lamont appointed as OHA Co-director

We are delighted to announce that Professor Iain Lamont has been appointed as the new One Health Aotearoa Co-director, joining Professor Nigel French at the helm of OHA. Iain is based in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago and has been a member of OHA since it was started in 2013. He ...

Fighting COVID and demolishing stereotypes

Dr Jemma Geoghegan wants to “demolish the stereotype of what a scientist looks like”. Dr Geoghegan has today become just the second woman to win the Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. The University of Otago researcher is one of the scientists behind New Zealand’s COVID-19 genome sequencing programme and plans ...
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COVID-19: OHA investigators in the media

One Health Aotearoa investigators have been highly sought after as opinion leaders on the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing technical advice to various authorities, our investigators have featured prominently in the media in the effort to provide accurate and timely expert opinion on this developing situation and to keep New Zealand informed. A number ...

Mapping hotspots for bats may help scientists prepare for future bat-to-human viral outbreaks

In an era that has been called ‘Pandemicene’, it is important to map regions where biodiversity and people’s health are at risk. That is what School of Veterinary Science Professor David Hayman alongside his team at Massey University and collaborators based in institutions overseas have been researching since 2020. The multidisciplinary team across New Zealand, ...