UHBRAIN Profi 6 Kick-off seminar programme has been published

Program updated.
  • Date: Tuesday 24th May, 12:00-19:00
  • Venue: Biomedicum Hall 1, Haartmaninkatu 8


12-13  Poster session

13.00 Opening

  • Jari Koistinaho (Professor, Director of HiLIFE Neuroscience Center): Opening words and Introduction to UHBRAIN profiling area
  • Ville-Pekka Sorsa (Research Director, Faculty of Social Sciences): UHealth: supporting   Interdisciplinary research

13.20 Platform 1: Genetic risk factors for human brain disorders

  • Olli Pietiläinen (Group Leader, HiLIFE Neuroscience Center): Cellular mechanisms in schizophrenia — study of patient-derived iPSCs

13.35 Platform 2: Animal models for cognition and brain disorders (chaired by Vootele Voikar)

  • Sari Lauri (Research Director, Neuroscience center): Rodent models of early life stress: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying aberrant behavioral outcomes
  • Eero Castrén (Research Director, Neuroscience center): A new model of the antidepressant drug   action
  • Takashi Namba (Group Leader, HiLIFE Neuroscience Center): Stem cell metabolism: a key for human brain development, evolution, and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Iiris Hovatta (Professor, Faculty of Medicine): Neurobiology of psychosocial stress-induced anxiety
  • Nelson Totah (Assistant Professor, HiLIFE & Faculty of Pharmacy): How the brain learns in a complex world
  • Henri Autio (Medical Lead, Novartis Finland Oy): Introducing Novartis Neuroscience 
  • Rob Brownlee (Head of Sales UK & Europe, Peprotech): Cytokines for Neuroscience Research

14:50-15:15 Coffee and posters

15.10 Platform 3: Human brain imaging and stimulation (Chaired by Hanna Renvall)

  • Satu Palva (Research Director, HiLIFE Neuroscience Center): Systems-level view on brain dynamics from human neuroimaging
  • Mari Tervaniemi (Research Director, Faculty of Educational Sciences): Brain studies on   learning in the laboratory and elsewhere
  • Anu-Katriina Pesonen (Professor, Faculty of Medicine): Sleeping brain in learning and emotion processing
  • Aapo Hyvärinen (Professor, Faculty of Science): Machine learning for brain imaging data analysis
  • Katariina Kartila (Patient Journey Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim): Topical from Boehringer-Ingelheim

16.15 Platform 4: Clinical applications (Chaired by Simo Vanni)   

  • Tiina Paunio (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Chief Physician, HUS): Sleep and mental health
  • Pentti Tienari (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Chief Physician, HUS): Molecular bases of ALS and MS
  • Filip Scheperjans (MD, HUS Neurocenter): The microbiota-gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s disease – new insights
  • Merja Jaronen (Medical Manager, Neurology & Immunology, Merck Oy): Merck collaboration possibilities
  • Hanna Luukinen (Medical Advisor, Sanofi Oy): Smoldering MS

17.10 Helsinki Brain & Mind collaboration 

  • Nina Forss (MD, Head of HUS Neurocenter): Research collaboration – vital but challenging 
  • Lauri Parkkonen (Professor, Aalto University): New brain imaging methods from lab to hospital

17.20   Poster session with wine and salad

Further information

Jari Koistinaho, Professor, Director of Neuroscience Center, Director of Profi 6 UHBRAIN


Anne Patana, Head of Development, Helsinki Brain & Mind, Coordinator of Profi 6 UHBRAIN


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News updated 23 May 2022: program details and sponsors