Bio­medicum Helsinki sem­inars

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.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic, the seminar series is cancelled from March 16 to May 31. We will try to arrange the cancelled seminars at a later time.


Date and place: Mondays at 12.00, Biomedicum Helsinki, Lecture Hall 1
Student lunch: after the seminar, Meeting room 4, Biomedicum Helsinki

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


No seminar

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



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

No seminar



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

"Resolution of inflammation in atherosclerosis"

Host: Vesa Olkkonen
Student host: Hanna Ruhanen

No student lunch!



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

No seminar



Alain Kohl, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, UK

"Neurotropic flaviviruses- the example of Zika virus"

Host: Alexander Plyusnin
Student host: Leonora Szirovicza



Rahul Satija, New York Genome Center and NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

Research field: Development of statistical methods for single cell genomics

Host: Pirkko Mattila
Student host:



Georg E. Winter, CeMM -Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, Austria

"Targeted Protein Degradation to disrupt Gene Control in Cancer"

Host: Matjaz Barboric
Student host: 

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

"Deciphering transcriptional complexity in the mammalian genome"

Host: Valentina Lenasi
Student host: 

Yavin Shaham, National Institute of Drug Abuse,  Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch, USA

"Neurobiological mechanisms of drug relapse"

Host: Petri Hyytiä
Student host: Mia Haaranen

Stephen D. Miller, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

"Pathogenesis and immunoregulation of autoimmune diseases"

Host: Tobias Freitag
Student host:

Medix Prize

Erwei Song, Sun Yat sen University, Guangzhou, China

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

Host: Jeroen Pouwels
Student host: Rita Turpin

Jean-Marc Egly, Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, Alsace, France

"TFIIH at crossroad of DNA repair and transcription"

Host: Denis Kainov
Student host: Andrii Bugai

No seminar