HiLIFE we­binars fall 2021

The organizing teams the Biomedicum Helsinki and Viikki Monday seminars have joined forces to offer you science for lunch on Mondays! HiLIFE webinars continue the tradition of inviting outstanding, international scientists to present their work to the broad audience of the life science community during the extraordinary circumstances that restrict travel and personal contact.

Date: Mondays at 13.00 noon Helsinki time (time can vary, check the details of each webinar)
Place: Link of place can be found in the details of each talk
Twitter #hilifewebinars #bmhsem #viikkimon

Webinars are coordinated by a team of researchers and YPA services.
Coordination team can be reached from hilife-seminars@helsinki.fi
Academic team: Leonardo Almeida-Souza, Jaan-Olle Andressoo & Anna Vähärautio

University of Helsinki STUDENTS please note: If you wish to obtain credits (DPBM, ILS students) from this webinar series, please rename yourself in Zoom with first name + last name (do not use nickname/user ID/student number/just first name). To participate in Meet the speaker session (DPBM students), please contact the student host.

Find the schedule here:

HiLIFE webinars


MEDIX PRIZE OF THE MINERVA FOUNDATION 2021 - Award Ceremony and Lecture

The award lecture will be in the area of gut microbiota.

MEDIX PRIZE 2021 - Media Releases

Host: Vesa Olkkonen

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 34rd 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.

Join the webinar here: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737
at 12:00 - 13:00 Helsinki time (UTC+2 Eastern European time)


Mart Saarma, Research Director, Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE, University of Helsinki

From DNA diagnostics to drug development company – My personal journey

Saarma research group

Host: Chiara Facciotto

Join the webinar here: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737
at 12:00 - 13:00 Helsinki time (UTC+3 Eastern European summer time)

This webinar is part of the European Biotech Week program (@biotechweek). The other events related to the European Biotech Week organised in Helsinki can be found here.

Conquering the COVID-19 Pandemic

Molecular epidemiology of SARS-CoV2 in Finland: The Rise and Fall of SARS-CoV2 lineages and variants, Finland. Olli Vapalahti, Dept Virology, Faculty of Medicine

Why is the new coronavirus so infectious? The second key of SARS-CoV-2 cell entry. Giuseppe Balistreri, Dept Virology, Faculty of Medicine

Mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19. Mattia Cordioli, Andrea Ganna group, FIMM

Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation Prize 2021 on an exceptional recent scientific publication. Announcement and introduction of prize winner: Professor Tomi Mäkelä, Executive Officer

Presentation by the prize winner

Join the webinar here: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/2448037899
at 12:00 - 13:30 Helsinki time (UTC+3 Eastern European summer time)


Guillermina López-Bendito, Developmental Neurobiology, Unit at the Instituto de Neurociencias, Spain

The thalamus that speaks to the cortex: spontaneous activity in the developing brain

Lopez-Bendito lab

Twitter account: @GLB_Lab 

Host: Svetlana Molchanova

Join the webinar here: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737
at 15:00 - 16:00 Helsinki time (UTC+2 Eastern European time)



Arjen Jakobi, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Nanoscale tools for cryo-EM imaging of the cellular machinery: new strategies for old problems

Arjen Research Group   @Jakobi Lab

Host: Sarah Butcher

Place: Viikki Campus: Biocenter 2, lecture hall 1041
and https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737
at 12:00 - 13:00 Helsinki time (UTC+2 Eastern European time)

Please note that there are restricted number of seats to maintain a sufficient safety distance and that you need to wear a protective face mask in the lecture hall.