Turku Centre for Lifespan Research

Lifespan of Cardiovascular, Inflammatory, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders ‐ LIFESPAN

Directors and contact addresses:

Professor Riitta Lahesmaa
Molecular Immunology Group
Turku Centre for Biotechnology
Tykistökatu 6 B, 20520 Turku
Phone: +358 2 333 8601

E-mail: riitta.lahesmaa (at) utu.fi
Professor Pirjo Nuutila
Turku PET Centre
Turku University Hospital
Kiinamyllynkatu 4-8, 20520 Turku
Phone: +358 40 162 6834
E-mail: pirjo.nuutila (at) utu.fi

Research groups

The essential role of the Th17 and iTreg in regulating the inflammatory/autoimmune axis
Academic Research Fellow, Docent Zhi Jane Chen, MD, PhD
Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku

Computational Biomedicine
Docent Laura Elo, PhD, Research Director in Bioinformatics
Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku

Analytical Biochemistry Group
Professor David R. Goodlett, FiDiPro
University of Turku and University of Maryland

Exercise responses on non-skeletal metabolism
Docent Jarna Hannukainen, PhD, MSc; Coordinator, of CoE
Turku PET Centre, University of Turku

The role of mesenchymal stem cells in fracture healing
Docent Terhi Heino, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku

Analytical metabolomics
Docent Tuulia Hyötyläinen, PhD
Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku and Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte, Denmark

Hormonal cancer growth and metastasis
Professor Pirkko Härkönen, MD, PhD
Docent Johanna Tuomela, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku

Bone and energy metabolism
Docent Kaisa Ivaska, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku

Mitosis and drug discovery
Docent Marko Kallio, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku, Turku Centre for Biotechnology

Cardiac and skeletal muscle benefits of exercise in health and disease
Docent, Academy Research Fellow Kari Kalliokoski, PhD
Turku PET Centre, University of Turku

Molecular Mechanisms of Thyroid Disorders: from Human Diseases to Mouse Models
Docent Jukka Kero, MD, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku

Molecular regulation of bone metabolism
Docent Riku Kiviranta, MD, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Turku
Department of Medicine, University Of Turku and Department of Endocrinology, Turku University Hospital

RNA regulation in male germ cells
Assistant Professor (tenure track) Noora Kotaja, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku

Advanced imaging in heart disease
Professor Juhani Knuuti, MD, PhD, Director
Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

Molecular Systems Immunology
Academy Professor Riitta Lahesmaa, MD, PhD
Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku

RNA- or trauma -mediated gene regulation
Docent Tiina Laitala-Leinonen, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku

Early nutrition and health
Docent Kirsi Laitinen, PhD, senior lecturer (kliininen opettaja)
Institute of Biomedicine and Functional Foods Forum

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

Finnish Adoption (FinAdo) study (physical and psychological health of internationally adopted children)
Docent Helena Lapinleimu, MD, PhD, Pediatrician, Neonatologist
Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

PIPARI study: Development and Functioning of Very Low Birth Weight Infants from Infancy to School Age
Professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, PhD
Professor Leena Haataja, MD, PhD
Docent Helena Lapinleimu, MD, PhD
Professor Päivi Rautava, MD, PhD

Computational Systems Biology
Assist. Professor Harri Lähdesmäki, DSc (Tech.), Department of Computer Science, Aalto University
Turku Center for Biotechnology, University of Turku & Turku University Hospital

Diet and cancer
Professor Sari Mäkelä, MD, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine, Turku Center for Disease Modeling, and Functional Foods Forum

Myeloid cells in regulation of chronic inflammation, autoimmunity and tumor microenvironment
Docent Jorma Määttä, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku

Brain-Gut-Pancreas-Adipose Interaction in Obesity and type 2 Diabetes.
Professor Pirjo Nuutila, MD, PhD
Turku PET Centre, University of Turku

Systems medicine
Docent Matej Orešič, PhD
Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku and Steno Diabetes Center, Gentofte, Denmark

Neurofibromatosis 1 Rasopathy / Rare Genetic Diseases
Professor and Chair Juha Peltonen, MD, PhD
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, University of Turku
Sirkku Peltonen, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

Novel Diagnostics and Treatment in Reproductive Medicine
Docent Antti Perheentupa, MD, PhD, Head of Department (Reproductive Medicine and Gynecology Outpatient Clinic
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku

Mechanisms of Steroid Hormone Action
Professor Matti Poutanen, PhD, Director of Turku Center for Disease Modeling
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku

Novel Treatment Strategies for Endocrine Tumors
Docent Nafis Rahman, MD, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku

The STRIP study – Special Turku coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project
Academy Professor Olli Raitakari, MD, PhD
The Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor Harri Niinikoski, MD, PhD, Nutrition in Medicine, Physiology
University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

The best for the families – Developing of maternity and child health care (The BFF Study)
Professor Päivi Rautava, MD, PhD
University of Turku, Public Health and Turku University Hospital, Clinical Research Centre
Professor Matti Sillanpää, MD, PhD
University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Child Neurology and Public Health

Modulating early microbial contact infants at risk of aberrant compositional development of gut microbiota
Docent Samuli Rautava, MD, PhD, Specialist in Pediatrics, Neonatologist
Department of Pediatrics, University of Turku & Turku University Hospital

In vivo imaging of inflammation
Professor of Preclinical Imaging and Drug Research Anne Roivainen, PhD
Turku PET Centre, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku
Turku Center for Disease Modeling, University of Turku

Molecular imaging of atherosclerosis and heart failure
Assistant Professor (tenure track) Antti Saraste, MD, PhD
Turku PET Centre and Heart Center, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku

Synthetic glycocluster molecules as therapeutic agents in allergy and cancer treatment
Professor Johannes Savolainen, D.Med.Sc.
Department of Pulmonary Diseases and Clinical Allergology, University of Turku, Finland
Professor Reko Leino, DSc (Tech.)
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University

Neuroendocrine mechanisms in the pathogenesis and therapeutics of cardiometabolic diseases
Docent Eriika Savontaus, MD, PhD
Department of Pharmacology, Drug Development and Therapeutics,
Turku Center for Disease Modeling, University of Turku,
Unit of Clinical Pharmacology, University Hospital of Turku

Regulation of bone and cartilage development and homeostasis by microRNAs and other factors
Docent Anna-Marja Säämänen, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Turku

Neuroendocrinology of Puberty, Fertility and Metabolism
FiDiPro Professor Manuel Tena-Sempere, MD, PhD
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku
Physiology Section and Instituto Maimonides de Investigación Biomédica de Cordoba (IMIBIC), University of Córdoba

Developmental determinants of reproductive health and type 1 diabetes
Professor Jorma Toppari, MD, PhD, Chief Physician of Pediatrics
Institute of Biomedicine / Physiology, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital

The role of brown adipose tissue in metabolic disorders
Docent, Academy Research Fellow Kirsi A. Virtanen, MD, PhD
Turku PET Centre, University of Turku