Molecular Neurology Research Program is one of the five research programs in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine Research Programs Unit. We operate in the Research Programs Unit for the period 2013-2018. The program is led by Professor Anu Wartiovaara.
Molecular Neurology Research Program's ambitious goal is to clarify mechanisms of neurological and metabolic diseases. By identification of causative gene mutations, and by modelling them in various model systems, we increase molecular understanding of pathogenesis, which we use to develop and test potential therapies. We work closely with clinics of pediatrics and neurology, which enables efficient use of our research findings for diagnosis, patient treatment and counseling. The program hosts nine research groups, focusing on various fields of molecular medicine: mitochondrial biology and disorders, stem cell biology and endocrinological disorders, metabolism, and to molecular basis of stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, dyslexia, neuropathies and genetic disorders of dogs.