The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated to us the significant of the connection between human, animal and environmental health. 

Without research, we cannot tackle and prevent global pandemics. Besides infectious diseases, our health is threatened by many other factors, such as diseases of the brain and mind and cancer. Therapies for diseases must be increasingly personalised to be effective. 

At the University of Helsinki, our multidisciplinary One Health approach is searching for holistic solutions to global health related challenges, including antimicrobian resistance and zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. Through research and education, we are developing health experts who understand the connection between animal, human and environmental health and are prepared to solve the health-related challenges of the future. 

Discover more about our research and work below. 

COVID19-related research can help prevent future pandemics

Our researchers have investigated the coronavirus genome through sequencing from the first case of Covid-19 and have observed the variance of the virus from one wave to the next.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the strong virological research conducted at the University of Helsinki has focused on diagnostics, patient care, molecular epidemiology and basic research. Among other things, our researchers have screened pharmaceutical agents and contributed to the development of the first Finnish coronavirus vaccine. They have also studied the transmission of the virus and investigated how it spreads. 

Research alone will help us prepare for future pandemics. Read about our research.

World-class health research

At the University of Helsinki, we study health from a range of perspectives: we conduct gene research with the help of genetic data and biobanks, we utilise artificial intelligence and other digital solutions in precision medicine, and we develop new innovations to learn more about our brain. 

Explore our health-related research, for example, at the top-level research programmes of the Faculty of Medicine. Read more about our research spearheads in neuroscience and precision medicine.

Educate yourself into an expert

We educate experts in health across our faculties at the university. At the University of Helsinki, you can complete a degree in health or study in our doctoral programmes.

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