Translational Infectious Disease and Immunity Research Programme

Translational Infectious Disease and Immunity Research Programme

Directors and contact addresses:

Ilkka Julkunen, MD, PhD, Professor
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Virology
Kiinamyllynkatu 13
20520 Turku
Tel. +358 2 333 7460
E-mail: ilkka.julkunen(at)utu.fi

Jaana Vuopio, MD, PhD, Professor,
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Kiinamyllynkatu 13
20520 Turku
Tel. + 358 2 333 7072
E-mail: jaana.vuopio(at)utu.fi

Jorma Ilonen, MD, PhD, Professor
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Kiinamyllynkatu 13
20520 Turku
Tel. + 358 2 333 7028
E-mail: jorma.ilonen(at)utu.fi

Ville Peltola, MD, PhD, Professor
University of Turku
Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases
Turku University Hospital
Kiinamyllynkatu 4-8, 20521 Turku
E-mail: ville.peltola(at)utu.fi

Description of the research programme

Research groups

Imaging of neuroinflammation – focus on microglia
Laura Airas
, MD, PhD, Docent, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, Neurology, University of Turku

Novel magnetic resonance imaging in detection of inflammation
Hannu J. Aronen
, Professor of Radiology, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Radiology, University of Turku

Gut Microbiota
Erkki Eerola, MD, Professor, Turku University Hospital and Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Glycolipids and glycoproteins as cell adhesion receptors
Sauli Haataja, PhD, dos, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Turku

Antimicrobial Resistance
Antti J. Hakanen, MD, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku, Chief Physician, Head, TUCH Microbiology and Genetics, Turku University Hospital

Bacterial infections: translational genomics, immunity and prevention
Professor Qiushui He, MD, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Respiratory tract infections in children: epidemiology, management, prevention, and total impact on the society
Terho Heikkinen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Turku

Herpesviruses as friends and enemiesHerpes simplex viruses as vectors for gene therapy, and new antiviral approaches
Veijo Hukkanen, MD, PhD, docent, Department of Virology, University of Turku

Lyme borreliosis: a comprehensive approach
Jukka Hytönen, MD, PhD, docent, specialist in clinical microbiology, academy research fellow. Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Microbiota and gut immune system in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes
Arno Hänninen, MD, Ph.D., Docent, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Immunogenetics of autoimmune diseases
Jorma Ilonen, M.D., Ph.D, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Molecular epidemiology of multidrug resistant bacteria
Jari Jalava, PhD, docent, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Bacterial Infections Unit, Turku

Respiratory virus infections and the development of childhood asthma
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Tuomas Jartti, M.D., Docent, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Turku University Hospital

Innate and adaptive immunity in viral infections
Ilkka Julkunen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Matti Waris, Ph.D., Docent Department of Virology, University of Turku

Periodontal inflammation and infection
Eija Könönen, DDS, PhD, Specialist in Periodontology, Docent in Oral Microbiology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, University of Turku

Obstructive Airway Diseases –role of the microbiota and immune response of bronchial epithelium
Tarja Laitinen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Turku University Hospital, Department of Pulmonary Diseases and Clinical Allergology and University of Turku

Clinical studies on infective and autoimmune disorders, hospital hygiene and infection control
Jarmo Oksi, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Infectious Diseases (ID) Turku University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku

Recurrent respiratory tract infections in children
Ville Peltola, MD, PhD, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku

Cellular microbiology-laboratory – how bacteria manipulate host cell signaling
Arto Pulliainen, PhD, docent (molecular microbiology), Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Turku

Optimal management of acute otitis media
Aino Ruohola, MD, PhD, Specialist in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Turku

Individualized drug therapy in vulnerable patients
Teijo Saari, MD, PhD, docent, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, University of Turku

Molecular determinants of picornaviral disease
Petri Susi, PhD, Docent, Department of Virology, University of Turku

HPV Infection – Biology and Immunity
Stina Syrjänen, DDS., PhD, Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, University of Turku

Parechovirus pathogenesis
Sisko Tauriainen, PhD, Docent, Department of virology, University of Turku

Molecular epidemiology, carriage and antimicrobial susceptibility of bacterial pathogens
Jaana Vuopio, Professor of Bacteriology, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Turku

Viruses in the development of chronic lung diseases
Tytti Vuorinen, MD,PhD, Docent, Chief Physician, Department of Clinical Virology , Turku University Hospital and Department of Virology, University of Turku