Bio­medicum Helsinki sem­inars 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic some of the talks are being held as webinars. Come and listen to the most interesting sessions with possibility to join the discussion in Zoom, sarting Mon 27.4.2020. We will strive to arrange seminars that were cancelled at a later time!

BMH seminar series is a prestigious weekly series targeting all 1800 researchers working in the Meilahti campus. To maintain the high status of BMH seminar series, the criteria for selecting a BMH speaker are very strict. Only speakers with high scientific quality and whose topic would generate significant audience interest across many different biomedical fields are considered.

Date: Mondays at 12.00
Place: Biomedicum Helsinki, Lecture Hall 1 (During COVID-19 in Zoom)

Student lunch: after the seminar, Meeting room 4, Biomedicum Helsinki (Meet the speaker session for students during COVID-19 in Zoom)

University of Helsinki STUDENTS please note: If you wish to obtain credits from this webinar series, please rename  yourself in Zoom with first name + last name (do not use nickname/user ID/student number/just fist name). More info from the Studies service.

Additional information:
Coordinating team:
Scientific assessment team: Sara Wickström and Jaan-Olle Andressoo

Sem­inar sched­ule

Current and upcoming schedule, please see HiLIFE webinars
See previous years: 2018, 2019
Seminar archive: 2010-2019 in Flamma (only by UH username)


Robert Fisher, Department of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA

"Transcriptional CDKs and phosphatases: druggable switches that keep Pol II on track"

Host: Matjaz Barboric
Student host: Andrii Bugai

Robin Spiller, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre and National Institute for Health Research, Great Britain

"Food intolerances in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: mechanisms and implications for gut microbiota"

Host: Willem M. de Vos
Student host: Jonna Jalanka

Nicolas Tournier, Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (CEA/SHFJ), Paris-Saclay University, France

"Demonstrating importance of membrane transporters in tissue distribution of drugs using clinical imaging techniques"

Host: Janne Backman
Student host: Helinä Kahma

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Andrew John Lawrence, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Pharmacotherapy of alcoholism: novel mechanisms, such as muscarinic ligands"

Host: Esa Korpi
Student host: Lauri Elsilä

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Ira Tabas, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

"Resolution of inflammation in atherosclerosis"

Host: Vesa Olkkonen
Student host: Hanna Ruhanen

No student lunch!

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Pertti Panula, Department of Anatomy, University of Helsinki; Neuroscience Center, Finland

"Role of histamine in brain functions and disease"

Host: Esa Korpi
Student host: Diego Baronio

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Geoffrey Aguirre, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

"Melanopsin function in the human visual system"

Host: Maria Olkkonen
Student host: Lari Virtanen

Can­celled/​​post­poned due to the Covid-19 global pan­de­mic


Nicholas J Proudfoot, University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

"Deciphering transcriptional complexity in the mammalian genome"

Host: Valentina Lenasi
Student host: 


Nevan Krogan, Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology,University of California and Director, Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI), San Francisco, USA
Jacqueline Fabius, Chief Operating Officer, Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI), San Francisco, USA

"A SARS-CoV-2 protein interaction map reveals targets for drug repurposing"

Host: Matjaz Barboric
Student host: Zhijia Wang

Join the Zoom webinar here on 8.6.2020 at 18.00 - 19.15 
+ Extra 30 minutes talk session with students & postdocs after the webinar


Ivan Dikic, professor at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

“Ubiquitin networks in regulation of COVID19”

Host: Anu Wartiovaara
Student host: Yilin Kang

Join the webinar here: (NB! Link updated!)
at 12:00 Helsinki time (UTC+3, Eastern European Summer Time)

Meet the speaker session for students after the webinar, please contact student host!

No seminar


MEDIX PRIZE OF THE MINERVA FOUNDATION 2020 - Award Ceremony and Lecture

Nalle Pentinmikko, Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE, University of Helsinki

The award lecture is titled ”Stem cell niche attenuates regeneration during aging”

Host: Vesa Olkkonen

The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize, worth €20,000, has been awarded to a team researching the rejuvenation of the functioning of aged tissue by inhibiting signals between stem cells and their niche cells. The prize was awarded for an article published in the science journal Nature by a research group from the University of Helsinki. The research group is headed by Associate Professor and Director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism Pekka Katajisto.

The Medix Prize by the Minerva Foundation is an important annual award for internationally high-level Finnish medical research. The Medix Prize is, in a manner of speaking, the Finnish championship for biomedicine. This year the Medix Prize will be awarded for the 33rd time.

The Medix Prize is awarded by the University of Helsinki, and is donated to the university by the Minerva Foundation, which funds the Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research at Biomedicum Helsinki.

Read the media release 14.9.2020

Join the webinar here:
at 12:00 Helsinki time (UTC+3 Eastern European summer time)

No meet the speaker session

Minerva Foundation logo


Erwei Song, Sun Yat sen University, Guangzhou, China

"Where the wild things are: the tumor ecosystem of breast cancer"

Host: Jeroen Pouwels
Student host: Rita Turpin

Join the webinar here:
at 12:00 Helsinki time (UTC+3 Eastern European summer time)

No meet the speaker session