In matters related to preliminary examination of the doctoral dissertation, please contact the following, according to the Faculty of your doctoral study right:
Viikki Campus (Faculties of Biological and Env. Sciences, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)
Meilahti Campus (Faculty of Medicine)
Questions about applying and application process: email@example.com
The Brain & Mind Steering Group is in charge of the strategic planning of the doctoral programme and reviewing doctoral study right applications submitted to the doctoral program. The Steering Committee also selects new students for the 4-year doctoral candidate positions funded by the University of Helsinki.
B&M Director until January 2023: Iiris Hovatta, Professor of Behavioral Genetics, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, SleepWell Research Program, Faculty of Medicine (Neurogenetics)
B&M Director (from 1.2.2023): Tomi Rantamäki, Professor, Division of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Drug Research Program, Faculty of Pharmacy (Neuropharmacology)
B&M Steering Group Members representing research and teaching staff (2022-2025):
B&M Steering Group Student Members (2022-2023):
Finding supervisors willing to guide you through your thesis project is one of the most important steps when preparing your application. Here are a few tips on how to go about it:
From the Research Groups page of the University of Helsinki you can find a list of hundreds of teams working on all disciplines in the university.
From the Research Portal, you can also look up individual researcher by using keywords related to your research. Keep in mind that the research portal lists all researchers affiliated with the University of Helsinki – including current doctoral students, who should not be considered as prospective supervisors. If the person is employed, you will see their job title on their profile page.
Available below is a listing of the Faculties and research institutes with links to research groups working in the fields of Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind.
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the Viikki Campus hosts internationally prominent neurobiology research teams which use a wide variety of methods, often combining electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques.
The research strategies are based on an integrative approach by addressing questions at different levels of organization (from molecules to behaviour) and at different stages of development, under normal and pathophysiological states, etc. Affiliated lipidomics group investigates the role of lipids and fatty acids in the functions of cells, individuals and ecological communities of interacting species. Research is also done on developmental biology.
The spearheads of research of the Faculty of Medicine at the Meilahti Campus include clinical research, cancer, inflammation, genetic research, and research on the mind.
More information: Faculty of Medicine
Research Programs Unit (RPU) of the Faculty of Medicine consolidates demonstrated research excellence, with focused research programs addressing the greatest challenges in human health.
More information: Research Program Unit
SLEEPWELL is a multidisciplinary, translational and future-oriented research network bringing together expertise from clinical medicine, psychology, genetics, neurobiology and neuropharmacology. Researchers from different stages of career are assembled around the core scientific idea: the importance of sleep in resilience to stress and in recovery processes.
Translational Stem Cell Biology and Metabolism (STEMM) program brings together eleven research groups and four associated clinical researchers interested in cellular metabolism as a driving force in tissue homeostasis, cellular differentiation and degenerative diseases. Many of the groups take advantage of the possibilities of stem cell and genome editing technologies to understand molecular disease mechanisms in order to develop innovative treatments. Close ties to pediatric and neurology clinics enable efficient use of our research findings for diagnosis, patient care and counseling.
Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research is a private institute in biomedicine that is located at Biomedicum Helsinki in close association with Helsinki University. General theme of the research is the study of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying important human diseases, including heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and neurological disorders.
More information: Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research
At the Psychology unit of the Faculty of Medicine, research operations in the discipline of psychology are focused on developmental psychology, health psychology and cognitive brain research. In addition, discipline-specific research is conducted also in perceptual psychology, cognitive psychology, the psychology of values and clinical neuropsychology.
Research in the field of logopedics is centred on the development, disorders and rehabilitation of speech, language, voice and communication.
More information: Psychology and logopedics
Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) studies human auditory and crossmodal cognition, as well as their impairments and plasticity. The main research areas are human language and music processes, their plasticity, and the development of auditory functions. They utilize modern brain research methods in our interdisciplinary work, which is carried out with an international and national collaboration network.
More information: Cognitive Brain Research Unit
Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new life science institute enhancing high quality research, and integrating life science strengths across our campuses. HiLIFE forms an attractive international environment for researchers, and facilitates national and international partnerships in areas of research, infrastructures, and innovations.
The mission of the Neuroscience Center (NC) is to carry out excellent and multidisciplinary research on the development, normal functions and disorders of the nervous systems. Research and the teaching in the NC focus on the following four areas: molecular and cellular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, cognitive and systems neuroscience, and basic research of the nervous system diseases.
The objectives of the research done at the Faculty of Pharmacy are to identify new drug targets, create and develop new drugs, establish new drug administration methods, examine the pharmacokinetic and pharmacological properties of drugs, develop new technologies, explore social and economic issues involving drug therapy, and educate leading professionals in the field.
More information: Faculty of Pharmacy
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a strong profile in animal health care and wellbeing as well as food safety.
More information: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Helsinki research groups and study programs (MSc Programme in Neuroscience and Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind) collaborate with the Aalto University's Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE).
More information: Aalto University, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
From the University of Helsinki Research Portal, you can look for researchers or research projects using keywords related to your interests. Keep in mind that the research portal lists all researchers affiliated with the University of Helsinki – including current doctoral students, who should not be considered as prospective supervisors. If the person is employed, you will see their job title on their profile page.
Researchers (supervisors and doctoral students) of the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind in the Research Portal.