Speakers of NWS2020

Dr Teemu Aitta-aho's research group at University of Helsinki investigates the neurocircuitries that regulate food intake.

More information about Dr Aitta-aho's research can be found here.

Dr. Robert-Jan Brummer is Professor of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at Örebro University. Prof. Brummer's research focuses on Nutrition-Microbe-Gut-Brain axis with special focus on intestinal barrier function.

Learn more about Prof. Brummer's work here.

Dr Claudia Burrello works as a post-doc researcher at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. She is an expert on the crosstalk between the intestinal immune system and the intestinal microenvironment.

Learn more about Dr Burrello's work here.

Professor Karl-Heinz Herzig (University of Oulu) specializes in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Physiology. Professor Herzig's current research focuses on cross-organ communication in metabolic syndrome.

More information about Professor Herzig's research can be found here.

Dr. Jonna Jalanka (University of Helsinki) is an expert on intestinal microbiota and its role in gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Jalanka's current research focuses on the therapeutic effects of fecal microbiota transplantation.

More information about Dr. Jalanka's work can be found here.

Professor Stefan Kiechl (Medical University of Innsbruck) is one of the leading researchers in the field of nutrition and epidemiology of age-related diseases.

More information about Prof. Kiechl's research can be found here.

Dr. Eero Mervaala is Professor of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Pharmacology at the University of Helsinki. Prof. Mervaala's research group investigates the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with special interest in microbiome and dietary factors.

More information about Prof. Mervaala's work can be found here

Dr Milla Pietiäinen (University of Helsinki) studies the significance of oral microbiota composition and function to human health and disease.

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Docent Justus Reunanen (University of Oulu) studies the functional significance of host-microbiota interactions in human health and disease. 

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Dr. Anu Ruusunen (University of Eastern Finland) is a clinical nutritionist studying the relationship between diet and mental health.

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Professor Seppo Salminen heads the Functional Foods Forum at the University of Turku. He is a renowned expert on regulations and legislation regarding food, probiotics, and prebiotics.

More information about Prof. Salminen's research can be found here.


Dr. Michael Schemann is Professor of Human Biology at the Technical University Münich. Professor Schemann is an expert on translational enteric neuroscience and he is particularly interested in the regulation of gut motility and secretion in health and disease.

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Dr. Filip Scheperjans works as a neurologist at the Helsinki University Hospital. Dr. Scheperjans research focuses on the role of intestinal microbiota in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease.

More information about Dr. Scheperjans research can be found here.

Dr. Magnus Simrén is Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Gothenburg. Professor Simrén's research focuses on the pathophysiology of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

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Dr Willem de Vos is the professor of Human Microbiomics at the University of Helsinki. He is one of leading scientists in the field of human microbiota and its role in health and disease. 

Learn more about professor de Vos' work here.