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

Posted by on 3 April 2020 | Comments

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. 

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Virus research in Dunedin containment lab

Posted by on 2 April 2020 | Comments

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.

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NZ has chance to eliminate virus: Specialist James Ussher

Posted by on 31 March 2020 | Comments

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.

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Department academics develop virus test tech

Posted by on 19 March 2020 | Comments

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.

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COVID19's Achilles heel - Dr. James Ussher

Posted by on 18 March 2020 | Comments

Associate Professor James Ussher believes Covid-19’s Achilles heel appears to be an exquisite sensitivity to Rapid Case Contact Management, even after it has established large outbreaks. 

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Alice McSweeney

Posted by on 16 March 2020 | Comments

12:00noon Monday 16th March
Room 208, 2nd floor,
Microbiology building, 
720 Cumberland Street

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Professor Richard Cannon

Posted by on 2 March 2020 | Comments

12:00noon Monday 2nd March
Room 208, 2nd floor,
Microbiology building, 
720 Cumberland Street

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Mihi Whakatau to welcome the new 400-level students.

Posted by on 24 February 2020 | Comments

Monday 24th February: A Mihi Whakatau/welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology has been held for our new 400-level students. University of Otago Office of Māori Development Kaitohutohu Māori Koro Hatarei Temo and Head of Department Greg Cook warmly welcomed all our new students. E mihi ana!

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: Dr Schara Safarian

Posted by on 11 February 2020 | Comments

12:00noon Monday 17th February
Room 208, 2nd floor,
Microbiology building, 
720 Cumberland Street

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Congratulations Miguel Quiñones-Mateu for your new role as Associate Dean Research, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Posted by on 10 February 2020 | Comments

Monday 10th February: Professor Miguel Quiñones-Mateu (Webster Family Chair in Viral Pathogenesis) has been promoted to Associate Dean Research for the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago. 

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