Epidemiological studies, in general, concentrate in analytical evaluation of the data in various populations to find out effects, risk and protective factors for descriptive, causal, prognostic, or control purposes. Therefore, epidemiology is collaborating with researchers from several disciplines covering various topics.

Principal investigator and epidemiologist Anna-Maija Virtala is especially interested in risk factor analyses, register based studies and diagnostic test validations.

She has been or is working with following topics:

  • Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae - aspects of epidemiology, protection and control
  • Assessment of the validity of the dairy health recording systems in the Nordic countries,
  • Epidemiological tools for improving welfare, health and efficacy in beef production, horse reproduction study using large dataregister
  • Aleutian disease in mink – molecular epidemiology, evolution and development of the diagnostics for the virus
  • Epidemiological studies on viral haemorrhagic septicaemia outbreaks in Finnish fish farms
  • Epidemiology of Fur Animal Epidemic Necrotic Pyoderma FENP
  • Cat disease database study
  • Sow longevity, and Infections by zoonotic pathogens on high-risk people in Vietnam.

Moreover, she has been involved in studies concerning canine gastric volvulus, rabies vaccines, Puumala virus infection, trichinellosis in wildlife, intestinal parasites in rabbits, equine gastric glandular disease, survival and disease resistance of salmonid fishes during parasite epidemics, Borrelia burgdorferi in dogs in Irak, crayfish plague, dengue diagnostics in humans as well as learning styles of veterinary students, effect of using games in teaching, evaluation practices in Helsinki University.