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Medtech - Good for the World?

A panel of highly respected health sector professionals will discuss the pros and cons of medical innovation.

What's it all about?

In the year of our 150th anniversary, the University of Otago is celebrating our rich history in health research and innovation. Within the context of an accelerating global Medtech industry, we need to consider the good, the bad and the ugly concerning the impact of new technologies on society.

Join us for a panel discussion of researchers and leading industry thinkers as they contemplate the historical, ethical, societal and local questions presented by current and emerging medical technologies.

The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel during the event.

Be part of this important discussion - limited seats are available, so register now!


This event will be live streamed. Tune in to the WEBCAST from 6pm.

You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

University of Otago, Castle 1, 362 Leith St, North Dunedin, Dunedin

Monday 20 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Free event
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The Honourable Pete Hodgson

Chair, Southern Partnership Group, New Dunedin Hospital

Pete Hodgson is a former Cabinet Minister (New Zealand Government 1999 –2008) governing a variety of portfolios included Research, Science and Technology; Economic Development; and Commerce. Following a period on the Board of Otago Innovation Limited (OIL), Pete was appointed Chief Executive of the company in 2014. OIL is responsible for supporting University of Otago researchers in developing and commercialising their intellectual property.

Pete is also the New Zealand Independent Chair with the Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching. He has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science from Massey University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (with Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Associate Professor Siân Halcrow

Associate Professor of Anatomy

Sian Halcrow is a bioarchaeologist with a research focus on infant and child health and disease in the past. She leads and is an Associate Investigator on several multidisciplinary projects investigating the effects that the adoption and intensification of agriculture has on health in the past, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.

Recently, Sian has started a project researching adaptation and environmental change in Northern Chile using large superbly-preserved prehistoric human collections from the region, which include the earliest examples of artificial mummification in the world.

Sian's research is funded by the New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund, University of Otago Research Grants, and Fulbright New Zealand. She is also a Partner Investigator on Australian Council Research Grants.

Siân is the principal applicant and co-Director of the University of Otago Research Theme: Asia-Pacific Biocultural Health: Past and present.

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Doctor Louise Parr-Brownlie

Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago

Dr Parr-Brownlie’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie voluntary movements and the movement deficits of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 8000 people in New Zealand. To optimise current therapies or develop novel treatments for Parkinson's disease, there’s a critical need to fully understand both the normal and pathophysiological roles of each component in the brain circuits that control movement. However, there is a major gap in knowledge for the brain circuit component called the basal ganglia-thalamocortical pathway.

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Doctor Sheng Chiong Hong

Doctor, Social Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist

Dr. Hong is currently an eye doctor (training registrar) in Dunedin. He was trained in Ireland and awarded the medical degree MB BCh BAO. Dr. Hong conducted his postgraduate research at the University of Otago (PGOphthBS, Ophthalmology).

In 2014, he founded oDocs Eye Care and released the world's first open-source smartphone retinal imaging adapter. He is an innovator and social enterpreneur.


6:00pm, Monday 20th May
Panel Discussion
Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

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