Bio­medicum Helsinki sem­inars

During the COVID-19 pandemic some of the talks are being held as webinars. Come and listen to the most interesting sessions with possibility to join the discussion in Zoom, sarting Mon 27.4.2020. We will strive to arrange seminars that were cancelled at a later time!

BMH seminar series is a prestigious weekly series targeting all 1800 researchers working in the Meilahti campus. To maintain the high status of BMH seminar series, the criteria for selecting a BMH speaker are very strict. Only speakers with high scientific quality and whose topic would generate significant audience interest across many different biomedical fields are considered.

Date and place: Mondays at 12.00, Biomedicum Helsinki, Lecture Hall 1 / During COVID-19 in Zoom
Student lunch: after the seminar, Meeting room 4, Biomedicum Helsinki (cancelled during COVID-19)

To suggest a speaker, please fill in the e-form.
Please see instructions for hosts and student hosts in Flamma (see the dropdown menu).

Additional information:
Coordinating team:

  • Service coordinator Johanna Timmerbacka (tel. +358 50 375 5633)
  • Service coordinator Tiina Järvilehto (tel. +358 50 540 9529)

Scientific assessment team: Sara Wickström and Jaan-Olle Andressoo

Sem­inar sched­ule

Previous years: 2018, 2019
Seminar archive: 2010-2019 in Flamma (only by UH username)
Next year: 2021

Current and upcoming schedule 2020:


Robert Fisher, Department of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA

"Transcriptional CDKs and phosphatases: druggable switches that keep Pol II on track"

Host: Matjaz Barboric
Student host: Andrii Bugai

Robin Spiller, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre and National Institute for Health Research, Great Britain

"Food intolerances in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: mechanisms and implications for gut microbiota"

Host: Willem M. de Vos
Student host: Jonna Jalanka

Nicolas Tournier, Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (CEA/SHFJ), Paris-Saclay University, France

"Demonstrating importance of membrane transporters in tissue distribution of drugs using clinical imaging techniques"

Host: Janne Backman
Student host: Helinä Kahma

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Andrew John Lawrence, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Pharmacotherapy of alcoholism: novel mechanisms, such as muscarinic ligands"

Host: Esa Korpi
Student host: Lauri Elsilä

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Ira Tabas, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

"Resolution of inflammation in atherosclerosis"

Host: Vesa Olkkonen
Student host: Hanna Ruhanen

No student lunch!

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Pertti Panula, Department of Anatomy, University of Helsinki; Neuroscience Center, Finland

"Role of histamine in brain functions and disease"

Host: Esa Korpi
Student host: Diego Baronio

Cancelled/postponed due to the Covid-19 global pandemic


Geoffrey Aguirre, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

"Melanopsin function in the human visual system"

Host: Maria Olkkonen
Student host: Lari Virtanen

Can­celled/​​post­poned due to the Covid-19 global pan­de­mic


Nicholas J Proudfoot, University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

"Deciphering transcriptional complexity in the mammalian genome"

Host: Valentina Lenasi
Student host: 


Nevan Krogan, Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology,University of California and Director, Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI), San Francisco, USA
Jacqueline Fabius, Chief Operating Officer, Quantitative Bioscience Institute (QBI), San Francisco, USA

"A SARS-CoV-2 protein interaction map reveals targets for drug repurposing"

Host: Matjaz Barboric
Student host: Zhijia Wang

Join the Zoom webinar here on 8.6.2020 at 18.00 - 19.15 
+ Extra 30 minutes talk session with students & postdocs after the webinar

Stephen D. Miller, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

"Pathogenesis and immunoregulation of autoimmune diseases"

Host: Tobias Freitag
Student host:



Presentation by Medix prize winning group



Erwei Song, Sun Yat sen University, Guangzhou, China

"Tumor micro-environment and non-coding RNAs in cancer"

Host: Jeroen Pouwels
Student host: Rita Turpin

No seminar