About Us

The Neuroscience Center is an international research unit within Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki, a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research.

The research focus of NC is on translational brain plasticity. We carry out research relevant for the human brain both in health and disease, and during development and aging, by applying versatile approaches and modern technology platforms.

NC aims at making fundamental discoveries about brain functions and especially translate research findings into improvements in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. The research in NC spans across several scales from stem cell research and molecular neuroscience to systems and cognitive neuroscience in both animal and human models.

The research groups of NC conduct research in neuroscience at the highest international level and actively apply the results for the benefit of the society. NC collaborates actively with other units of HiLIFE and faculties of the University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Central Hospital, and Neurocenter Finland.

Jari Koistinaho, MD, PhD
Research Director, Neuroscience Center, Helsinki Institute of Life Science
Professor of Regenerative Medicine (University of Eastern Finland)

Haartmaninkatu 8, 00290 Helsinki, P.O. Box 63, FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Email: Jari.koistinaho@helsinki.fi
Tel: +358 40 378 9207

Jari Koistinaho, has over 30-year experience in experimental research field of brain diseases. He has previously served as dean of A.I. Virtanen Institute (AIV) and head of the AIV Graduate School and director of Biocenter Kuopio at the University of Eastern Finland. He is a founder of two drug discovery startup companies and one CRO of brain disease modelling.  

Satu Palva

Haartmaninkatu 3
P.O. Box 21
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Email: Satu.palva@helsinki.fi
Tel: +358 50 4484742

Scientific Advisory Board of Neuroscience Center, HiLIFE, for the term 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2022:

  • Professor Mikael Simons, Institute of Neuronal Cell Biology (TUM-NCB), TU Munich and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Munich (DZNE), Germany (chair)
  • Professor Anders Björklund, Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology, Lund University, Sweden
  • Professor Sandra Ceccatelli, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Professor Catherine Tallon-Baudry, Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives et Computationnelles, Département d'études cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), PSL Research University, INSERM, Paris, France
  • Professor Rita Horvath, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, UK