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.

Fighting superbugs

Professor Iain Lamont from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago is leading a project to unmask the genes in a superbug that make it resistant to antibiotic drugs used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. Lamont says that the rapid rise of superbugs – or bacteria that have become resistant to all…

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The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its lessons

The University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School is holding a one day symposium on Wednesday 7 February on the 1918 Influenza pandemic and the lessons we can learn from this event 100 years later. International and New Zealand experts will detail 1918 pandemic epidemiology and impact, and discussion panels will explore the implications…

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Public health Professor discusses pandemics on Radio NZ

Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago, Wellington was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand today about what pandemics are, how they spread and what disease is the greatest threat to human life.  

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Preliminary symposium programme released

Are you ready for two days of One Health immersion? The 3rd One Health Symposium will be held on 13-14 December 2017 at the University of Otago, Wellington campus. The organising committee have designed another fantastic programme to stimulate discussion and foster collaboration among infectious diseases scientists and professionals across the fields of animal, environmental…

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Recent funding successes for the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases

Two One Health Aotearoa members from the University of Otago’s Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases have made successful HRC and Marsden funding bids. Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship – Dr Htin Lin Aung Dr Htin Lin Aung has been awarded the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship in the latest Health Research Council…

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Leptospirosis creeping into urban areas

Dr Jackie Benschop from Massey University’s Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory was interviewed by Radio New Zealand yesterday about the recent rise of leptospirosis cases reported in urban areas.   Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand website.

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Invited speakers announced for 3rd One Health Aotearoa Symposium

The first announcement of speakers invited to speak at the 3rd One Health Aotearoa Symposium has been made. The Symposium Organising Committee has been working hard to bring together a diverse line up of speakers to present in December. The symposium aim is to bring together infectious diseases scientists and professionals from the fields of…

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Rutherford Discovery Fellowship awarded to IDReC researcher David Hayman

Associate Professor David Hayman from the Infectious Diseases Research Centre at Massey University has been awarded one of the 10 highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced by New Zealand’s Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith. Associate Professor Hayman’s research will focus on animal infectious diseases that can naturally transfer to humans, known as ‘zoonoses’. Well…

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OHA Spring Newsletter 2017

Our Spring 2017 newsletter announces that early bird registration for our 3rd Symposium is now open, launches our website, highlights the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases and re-caps the launch of One Health Aotearoa as a flagship University of Otago Research Centre.   View the OHA Spring 2017 newsletter

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Flu a major killer

Research by the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, making it probably New Zealand’s biggest single infectious disease killer. The study, published in the Journal of Infection based on work by Dr Trang Khieu as part of her PhD, found the risk of premature death is…

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