Current research projects
Social ties and health is based on multiple large data sets including:
The aims of the study are:
The study consortium is led by professor Elovainio with partners from the University of Turku (Professor Jussi Vahtera) and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Professor Mika Kivimäki).
The project is funded by the Academy of Finland.
INTERGEN PROJECT: Stress and intergenerational transmission of health and wellbeing: a longitudinal cohort study over 3 generations.
It is known that psychosocial stress and health problems run in families but the reasons behind this are unknown. The goal is to examine novel pathways and mechanisms underlying transmission of health from parents to offspring. We have examined parents and their children over the life course (during 32 years) and now we will examine their offspring, thus building a follow-up data over 3 generations. We will test novel pathways such as transmission through stress-related epigenetic pathways. This is an exciting line of research with very few long-term studies in humans. The goal is to form a new understanding about how the environment "gets under the skin" and how the effects persist across generations.
Collaboration with the University of Helsinki, University of Turku, University of Tampere School of Medicine and Fimlab Laboratories.
FinAdo examines the health and developmental risks of international adoptees in Finland and is divided in to two sub studies:
FinAdo 1 is based on a survey (first data collection in 2007 ) including all children (N= 2500) adopted to Finland after 1983 and their families.
FinAdo2 is an on-going clinical follow-up study including all children adopted to southern area of Finland after 2015 (N= 200).
The main goals of this research project are:
The research project is conducted in close collaboration with Co-PI Adjunct professor Helena Lapinleimu (Turku University Hospital), with doctor Hanna Raaska (Helsinki University Hospital) and Adjunct professor Jari Sinkkonen (University of Turku).
The PSYSOS NEYWORKS project is a multi-sample project aiming at developing new approach to analyze the development and interrelations of individual psychosocial risks as dynamic networks. The aims of the project are:
Finnish Health Professionals -study examines the work environment and occupational health risks of Finnish physicians and registered nurses. The data is based on repeated surveys of representative samples of physicians (three data phases) and a cross-sectional data on registered nurses.
The project is coordinated by professor Elovainio and is conducted in close collaboration with National institute for Health and Welfare (adjunct professors Tarja Heponiemi, Anna-Mari Aalto), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and Finnish Medical association (Jukka Vänskä , Hannu Halila).
Project has been funded the Work Environment Fund, THL and Finnish Medical Association.
The goal of this study is to examine how psychosocial factors interact with lifestyle factors in predicting long-term cardiovascular and metabolic health. The design is a randomized controlled trial where a group of Finnish children has received lifestyle counselling starting from infancy (9 months of age) until their 20’s. A matched control group with no intervention has also been examined. We ask if: a) socioeconomic inequalities in health could be reduced through long-term lifestyle counselling, b) if lifestyle counselling should be differentially delivered to families with different socioeconomic characteristics, c) if child’s behavioural dispositions (e.g., temperament) affect how well lifestyle counselling is received and maintained, d) how early family characteristics interact with cardio-metabolic health development over 25 years. This study is part of The Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project, known as the STRIP Study (http://stripstudy.utu.fi/english.html). For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org