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POSTPONED: Everything you wanted to know about COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2

Posted on: 3 April 2020

POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE: A panel of experts from the University of Otago will present on all aspects of COVID-19 during a symposium hosted by the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases. The presentation will be available by livestream. Archway 3 Lecture Theatre, Union Street. 

Virus research in Dunedin containment lab

Posted on: 2 April 2020

Dunedin will soon become a key national centre for research into the virus that causes Covid-19 infections, thanks partly to a rare, high-level containment laboratory housed by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Otago.

NZ has chance to eliminate virus: Specialist

Posted on: 31 March 2020

Dr James Ussher speaks to media about the national lockdown. Associate Prof James Ussher, of the University of Otago microbiology and immunology department, said New Zealand was ‘‘definitely at a different stage to almost all other Western countries’’ and the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown presented a unique opportunity.

Department academics develop virus test tech

Posted on: 19 March 2020

Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Otago scientists have swiftly adapted overseas technology to help develop a powerful coronavirus test which this week detected Dunedin's first two confirmed COVID-19 cases. The testing device added significantly to the country’s testing capability.