Research

Folkhälsan Research Center

One of the three main fields of activities at Folkhälsan is scientific research. The Folkhälsan Research Center, responsible for Folkhälsan’s research activities, is an internationally renowned unit with focus on biomedical and health research within programs on genetics, preventive medicine and public health.

The Center operates in Biomedicum Helsinki in the medical campus of the University of Helsinki and in Folkhälsan’s main building near the medical campus. The Center accommodates a staff of approximately 200. The budget of the Center in 2017 was 10.5 million euro, of which 56% was competitive external funding.

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Ossian Schauman, one of the founders and the first chairman of Folkhälsan, and  his wife Betsy left in their will almost their entire property to "establish and maintain a Swedish institute for theoretical and applied genetic research". The Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics was founded in 1962. The first two decades it operated in close cooperation with the Medical Research Institute Minerva, later also with the Department of Medical Genetics of the University of Helsinki.

In 1990s Folkhälsan decided to broaden its research activities to encompass also public health related research. The Folkhälsan Research Centre was founded in 1994, and in 1997 the Center moved to its own premises in the Folkhälsan Senior House at Mannerheimintie 97. Since 2001 the major part of the Center has been located in Biomedicum Helsinki.

 

The Center has close collaboration with the University of Helsinki, which is based on a mutual cooperation agreement since 1996. Many of the Group Leaders in the Center are professors at the University of Helsinki. Six research groups are affiliated with the Reseach Programs of the Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki: Groups Eriksson, Groop and Tuomi within the Research Program for Diabetes and Obesity; Groups Kere, Lehesjoki and Lohi within the Research Program for Molecular Neurology.

Administration

The Board of the Folkhälsan Research Foundation is responsible for allocating funding for research activities within the Center.

Board members

Mats Brommels (Chair)
Siv Sandberg (Vice-Chair)
Alexander Bargum
Lisbeth Fagerström
Marcus Rantala

Folkhälsan’s Executive Director Stefan Mutanen also participates in the meetings of the Board. 

The Board of the Research Center is responsible for coordinating the overall activities within the Center.

Board Members
Mats Brommels (Chair)
Ilse Julkunen (Vice-Chair)
Johan Eriksson
Anna-Elina Lehesjoki (Secretary)
Stefan Mutanen
Matti J. Tikkanen.

The Operational Board of the Center supports the Director of the Center in coordinating the research programs and in promoting their collaboration.

Board members
Anna-Elina Lehesjoki (Chair)
Johan Eriksson
Nina Forss
Peter Hackman
Jukka Kallijärvi
Markku Lehto
Eva Roos
Sabina Simola-Ström
Matti J. Tikkanen
Jaana Welin-Haapamäki (Secretary)

Director: Anna-Elina Lehesjoki

Financial Coordinator: Nina Forss

Administrative Coordinator: Åsa Rehn

Development Planner: Sabina Simola-Ström

Research Administrative Officer: Marjatta Valkama

Executive Assistant: Jaana Welin-Haapamäki

Director: Markku Lehto

Laboratory Manager: Teija-Tuulia Toivonen

Laboratory Manager: Ann-Liz Träskelin

Instrument Technician: Hilkka Saarikallio

Contact

    • Anna-Elina Lehesjoki

      Professor

    • Tel:
      +358 29 412 5072 or +358 50 448 4729

    • Research Director at Folkhälsan Research Center

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    • Jaana Welin-Haapamäki

      Executive Assistant

    • Tel:
      +358 29 412 5462 or +35850 539 5194

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