The University of Helsinki hosts many internationally prominent neuroscience research groups. This offers unique opportunities for you to pursue studies in state-of-the-art facilities and in an inspiring research-oriented atmosphere.

Current research focuses on the following areas: molecular and cellular neuroscience, neurophysiology and biophysics, developmental neuroscience and regeneration biology, sensory biology, cognitive and systems neuroscience, and basic research on diseases of the nervous system. Closely related are prominent research groups in functional proteomics and lipidomics. The research strategies are strongly integrative, so that questions are addressed at different levels of organisation, from molecules to behaviour, at different stages of development, and under both normal and pathophysiological conditions. 

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the Viikki Campus hosts internationally prominent neurobiology research teams which use a wide variety of methods, often combining electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques. 

The research strategies are based on an integrative approach by addressing questions at different levels of organization (from molecules to behaviour) and at different stages of development, under normal and pathophysiological states, etc. Affiliated lipidomics group investigates the role of lipids and fatty acids in the functions of cells, individuals and ecological communities of interacting species. Research is also done on developmental biology.

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The spearheads of research of the Faculty of Medicine at the Meilahti Campus include clinical research, cancer, inflammation, genetic research, and research on the mind.

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The research focus of NeuroMedUH is at revealing biomedical background of selected neurological and psychiatric illnesses. NeuroMedUH has an emphasis on clinically relevant questions and with that aims to create basic knowledge and tools for clinical therapies and diagnosis. The majority of the principal investigators have medical education and with that a profound understanding of clinical problems. Most of our research topics fall in the category of integrative neuroscience.

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The Molecular Neurology Research Program in the Biomedicum Helsinki consists of nine research groups. The research program's ambitious goal is to clarify the neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases mechanisms. We are looking for disease susceptibility genes by using cultured cells, disease models and patient samples. The molecular understanding about the diseases is a prerequisite for the search of potential drugs and therapies. We work closely with children's and adult neurology clinics, which enables the efficient use of research findings in the diagnosis, patient treatment and patient counseling.

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Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research is a private institute in biomedicine that is located at Biomedicum Helsinki in close association with Helsinki University. General theme of the research is the study of basic cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying important human diseases, including heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and neurological disorders.

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At the Psychology unit of the Faculty of Medicine, research operations in the discipline of psychology are focused on developmental psychology, health psychology and cognitive brain research. In addition, discipline-specific research is conducted also in perceptual psychology, cognitive psychology, the psychology of values and clinical neuropsychology. 

Research in the field of logopedics is centred on the development, disorders and rehabilitation of speech, language, voice and communication. 

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Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) studies human auditory and crossmodal cognition, as well as their impairments and plasticity. The main research areas are human language and music processes, their plasticity, and the development of auditory functions. They utilize modern brain research methods in our interdisciplinary work, which is carried out with an international and national collaboration network.

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Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new life science institute enhancing high quality research, and integrating life science strengths across our campuses. HiLIFE forms an attractive international environment for researchers, and facilitates national and international partnerships in areas of research, infrastructures, and innovations.

The mission of the Neuroscience Center (NC) is to carry out excellent and multidisciplinary research on the development, normal functions and disorders of the nervous systems. Research and the teaching in the NC focus on the following four areas: molecular and cellular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, cognitive and systems neuroscience, and basic research of the nervous system diseases. 

The objectives of the research done at the Faculty of Pharmacy are to identify new drug targets, create and develop new drugs, establish new drug administration methods, examine the pharmacokinetic and pharmacological properties of drugs, develop new technologies, explore social and economic issues involving drug therapy, and educate leading professionals in the field.

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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a strong profile in animal health care and wellbeing as well as food safety. 

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The University of Helsinki research groups and study programs (MSc Programme in Neuroscience and Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind) collaborate with the Aalto University's Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE).  

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Researchers / supervisors for Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind at the University of Helsinki research database (Tuhat)