Professor of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Research Professor, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Leader of the research group "Sleep and Health" at UH and THL.

Our research is focused on understanding mechanisms behind interindividual variability in susceptibility to immediate and late effects of environmental stress and sleep insufficiency.

Department of Psychiatry
Field of science Neurosciences

PhD, Associate Professor in Neurogenomics, Department of Biosciences.

We investigate gene-environment interactions in psychosocial stress-induced anxiety, with special interest in finding factors that confer resilience to stress-induced anxiety.

Neurogenomics Laboratory

Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry


MD, PhD, Professor of Pain Medicine, University of Helsinki.

We investigate the role of sleep in the triad of chronic pain, anxiety, and depression with focus on how different interventions may mediate their effects on pain, quality of life, and function through improved sleep.

Department of Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Field of science Biomedicine

Adjunct professor, Leader of the research group “Sleep Team Helsinki”, Department of Physiology, Medicum.

Our group studies the basic mechanisms of sleep and insufficient sleep mostly using animal models. We are particularly interested in the role of sleep in brain plasticity mechanisms and inflammatory reactions.

Sleep Team Helsinki


Docent, University of Helsinki.

The focus is to understand the role and interconnections of neuronal plasticity, sleep and circadian rhythms in the mechanisms of action of biological treatments of depression (prescription antidepressants, ketamine, ECT).

Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics

Division of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
Field of science Neurosciences, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Pharmacy


University Lecturer
Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme
Field of science Biomedicine, Neurosciences, Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology



  • Hanna Harno
  • Klaus Ranta
  • Katinka Tuisku
  • Anna-Sofia Urrila

MD, PhD, neurologist, subspeciality in pain medicine.

The focus will be to study treatment responses and neuromodulatory mechanisms to rTMS interventions in mild traumatic brain injury patients with headache and sleep problems, headache and other pain patients, especially by brain imaging and monitoring sleep microstructure changes.

MD, PhD, Docent in Psychiatry, Special Competence in Sleep medicine.

MD, PhD, Docent in Adolescent Psychiatry, cognitive psychotherapist.

The focus will be on studying the links between sleep, mood, and brain development in adolescents.