Research profile

Centres of Excellence

In 2018‒2025 the Faculty of Medicine hosts three Centres of Excellence:

Aaltonen, Lauri: Centre of Excellence in Tumor Genetics Research
Katajisto, Pekka: Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism, coordinated by Institute of Biotechnology
Ripatti, Samuli: Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics

In 2014‒2019 the Faculty of Medicine hosts three Centres of Excellence:

Alitalo, Kari: Centre of Excellence in Translational Cancer Biology
Ikonen, Elina: Centre of Excellence in Biomembrane Research
Jacobs, Howard: Centre of Excellence in Research on Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease (FinMIT), coordinated by the University of Tampere

In 2012‒2017 the Faculty of Medicine hosts two Centres of Excellence:

Aaltonen, Lauri: The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Cancer Genetics Research
Knip, Mikael: Centre of Excellence in Molecular Systems Immunology and Physiology Research

Centres of Excellence in University of Helsinki

Academy professorships
Academy Professor
Applied Tumor Genomics
Field of science Biomedicine
Academy Professor
Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program
Field of science Neurosciences, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology

FiDiPro professorship

The Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro) is a funding programme jointly launched by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) for recruiting international or Finnish top-level researchers with extensive international experience and the qualifications of a professor to Finland on a fixed-term basis.

Vladislav V. Verkhusha
Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, USA
Recruited in 2012, funding period approximately five years (Academy of Finland)

Verkhusha is the leading expert in the development of fluorescent proteins; he develops red fluorescent proteins and proteins whose fluorescence can be switched on or off in a controlled manner. These have many applications.

Finnish host: Academy Professor Elina Ikonen, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.

The research programs coordinated by the Faculty's Research Programs Unit are selected on the basis of an external assessment for a period of six years. An international Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), the members of which include distinguished international researchers, has been appointed for this purpose.

Research Programs 2019–2025:

  • Applied Tumor Genomics (ATG)
  • Clinical and Molecular Metabolism (CAMM)
  • Human Microbiome Research (HUMI)
  • Individualized Drug Therapy (INDIVIDRUG)
  • SLEEPWELL Research Program
  • Stem Cells and Metabolism (STEMM)
  • Systems Oncology (ONCOSYS)
  • Translational Cancer Medicine Program (CAN-PRO)
  • Translational Immunology Program (TRIMM)

The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally and internationally renowned research and teaching unit and partner that takes into consideration both societal needs and the changing array of diseases. The quality of Faculty operations is maintained, developed and assessed with a quality assurance system that covers all areas and is based on the quality policy of the University of Helsinki. The Faculty trains a wide range of health care professionals and experts, aiming for optimal treatment and diagnostic quality.

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