Profile & activities

The identity, mission and the function of dental medicine are unique. This field of science includes wide variety of clinical and non-clinical academic fields of research. FINDOS offers an excellent working environment, where young dental researchers get all the necessary guidance and support to develop into the future’s academic dentists. The research groups of FINDOS have research laboratories on Meilahti and Viikki campuses.

Doctoral candidates have the opportunity to participate in an excellent research training program including basic and advanced courses offered locally, nationally and internationally. The course offerings include an extensive variety of practical training courses, seminar series and scientific symposia. Doctoral candidates also participate in courses in areas including transferable skills.

The main fields of the FINDOS doctoral programme are:

  • Normal and disturbed dental, facial and skull development and its genetic regulation
  • Controlled tissue generation and bioresorbing material
  • Stomatognathion and its pathological conditions
  • Oral Infections and their mechanisms
  • Oral health care
  • Cancer biology
  • Oral implements of  systemic diseases


All information for doctoral candidates can be found in the Instructions for students

FINDOS programme strongly encourages doctoral candidates to participate in various student activities to create an engaging and vibrant co-curricular experience. FINDOS student activities aim to develop leadership and transferable skills among the student community. Student activities include:

FINDOS Science Club

FINDOS Science Club is a student-led initiative that aims to develop the student’s transferable skills through meeting regularly in an informal way, networking, and working together on various activities. Engagement in such activities will have a valuable impact on both academic and social levels.

Some previous club sessions:

  • Meet Your Colleagues & Melt the Ice
    FINDOS students attended the first session of FINDOS Science club on November 26, 2014 where they gave brief backgrounds about their research interests, and they had the chance to know each other and start networking.
  • Prepare for Your International Conference
    These are lively and interactive series of interactive sessions started on 2015. Lectures cover the most important tips for good oral/poster presentations, collaboration proposals, and networking skills during international visits of FINDOS students.
  • Nordic Young Scientist Conference in Odontology (NYSCO 2016, Finland)

PhD candidates have many opportunities to participate in planning activities and influence on decision-making in doctoral education. Further information is available in the instructions for students on the article Doctoral students as student representatives

FINDOS is a truly networked national doctoral programme. The collaboration benefits all parties. FINDOS Helsinki operates in the University of Helsinki, Institute of Dentistry, and it is part of the national network that consists of the units that give dental education in the Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu and Turku. FINDOS doctoral programme also collaborates with the Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Helsinki. The Finnish Dental Society Apollonia and Planmeca Ltd. are also important partners for FINDOS.

The leadership and the responsibilies of the operation rotates between the four dental education units. In 2010-2013 the coordination was at the University of Turku, in 2014-2017 the coordination is at the University of Helsinki, and 2018-2021 the coordinator will be the University of Turku again.

Monthly on selected Wednesdays at 15:00


1-3 ECTS overall (requires confirmed participation in 8 seminars)

Participation confirmation

By signing your name to the list at the seminar room B236A or via confirmation of online viewing

Online link: 

Additional information

If you are viewing the seminar from your own computer, please sign in to the online seminar room with your full name and university (e.g. Jon Doe Helsinki).

10.1. University of Helsinki:
Katja Tuomainen (MSc, PhD candidate):
Oral squamous cell carcinoma drug sensitivity and resistance testing in 3D matrices

14.2. University of Turku

7.3. University of Oulu

11.4. University of Helsinki:
Abdelhakim Salem (DDS, PhD candidate):
Histamine H4 receptor: A novel therapeutic target in oral premalignancy and tongue cancer

9.5. University of Turku

National coordinators

Appoint a local coordinator

  • Host should open the link 15 mins before the start and test the video and audio
  • Remember to enable the microphone (so the audience can ask questions)

The presentation


  • 15 mins max (of which at least 5 mins should be introduction)
  • Think of one take-home message that you wish the audience to leave with.
  • Remember that the audience is of a very mixed and diverse academic background.
  • Do not go too deeply into methodology
  • Focus key messages that will appeal to a broad audience
  • It is a good idea to give a structured presentation eg: introduction, background, context, objectives, methods, results, limitations, clinical significance/implications, conclusions.
  • Every slide should be self-explicatory (In case the audience cannot hear you)
  • Make sure to include text in the slides.


  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Use the mouse as a pointer, not a laser pointer as participants at different location can only see your computer screen
  • Stay on camera/microphone
  • The presenter should repeat the questions asked by the audience, so that the video audience can hear the question too

Send a pdf of the slides beforehand to findos-national(at)