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29.4.2020 News

Final report of the SAAMI project: There are opportunities for the Saami people to adapt to climate change

The Saami people observed the first signs of climate change in the 1960s and the changes have accelerated over the course of the 2000s, according to a study by the University of Oulu. The study examined how the Saami have adapted to climate change in reindeer husbandry and explored ways for the Saami to adapt to climate change in a culturally sustainable manner.

30.1.2020 News

Presentation of "Adaptation of Saami people to the climate change" -project's key results in Helsinki

The key results of the research project Adaptation of Saami people to the climate change (SAAMI) will be presented in Helsinki at the Ministry of Education and Culture on February 11, 2020 at 8.30-12.00 (Finnish time). The project carried out by CERH, University of Oulu indicates that climate change deeply affects the environment, livelihoods and culture of the Saami people. Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will open the event.

20.1.2020 News

CERH researchers co-author one of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Notable Articles of 2019

Professor of Public health Jouni Jaakkola and postdoctoral researcher Niilo Ryti are co-authors in an article chosen as one of the Notable Articles of 2019 by the leading medical journal the New England Journal of Medicine.

10.12.2019 News

High blood pressure variation increases cardiac workload in cold temperature conditions

High home blood pressure variability is associated with an exaggerated blood pressure increase in response to cold temperature exposure, which places a strain on the heart and, at worst, it can increase cardiac arrhythmia, chest pain and heart attacks. The data can be found in a joint study by the University of Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. 

14.10.2019 News

Dál lea ON: a álgoálbmotgielaid jahki – sámegiel videologaldat dálkkádatrievdamis ja sápmelaččain

Ovttastuvvan našuvnnat lea julggaštan jagi 2019 álgoálbmotgielaid jahkin. Ulbmilin lea čalmmustahttit álgoálbmotgielaid mávssolašvuođa oba máilmmi kultuvrralaš riggodahkii.

14.10.2019 News

UN International Year of Indigenous Language – Sámi language video lecture on climate change and the Sámi people

The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Language.

6.9.2019 News

Open positions at CERH: Doctoral student and Postdoctoral researcher (Public health / Environmental health)

One doctoral student and one postdoctoral researcher position are open at the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu, Finland. The positions are in a Biocenter Oulu research project “Molecular and Environmental Basis for Asthma in a Changing Climate” supervised by Professor of Public Health Jouni Jaakkola and Research Professor of Respiratory Medicine Maritta Jaakkola.

6.9.2019 News

Article in the New England Journal of Medicine: Ambient Particulate Air Pollution and Daily Mortality in 652 Cities

A new international study by the The MCC Collaborative Research Network with CERH researchers Professor Jouni Jaakkola, Docent Yuming Guo and Postdoctoral researcher Niilo Ryti confirms links between exposure to urban pollution and mortality risk. A multi-country analysis shows an increased risk of mortality in the short-term after exposures to even small concentrations of urban air pollution. The analysis showed exposure to even a tiny amount of urban air pollution can immediately increase the risk of mortality.

21.8.2019 News

Regular exercise improves asthma control among adults – one should not avoid exercise that provokes breathlessness

Researchers at CERH found that regular exercise improves asthma control and reduces breathlessness, as well as need for short-acting bronchodilating asthma medication.

11.4.2019 News

Research project to study Saami people’s adaptation to climate change

The Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) at the University of Oulu has launched a research project: SAAMI – Adaptation of Saami people to the climate change.

15.2.2019 News

Professor Jouni Jaakkola and ARAHAT research group received a continuation grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation

Professor of public Health Jouni J. K. Jaakkola and his research group ARAHAT have been awarded a continuation grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The grant is for a project entitled The climate change adaptation of Saami people and the development of holistic indicators to study and monitor Saami well-being and influences of climate change - Saamelaisten sopeutuminen ilmastonmuutokseen ja indikaattorien luominen ilmastonmuutoksen vaikutusten seurantaan saamelaiselle kulttuurille (ARAHAT), involving researchers from the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu and postdoctoral researcher Klemetti Näkkäläjärvi from the University of Lapland. The continuation grant of 100 000 € was awarded from the Paavo Koskinen Fund.

22.1.2019 News

Walking in subzero winter temperatures puts extra strain on the heart of patients with coronary artery disease

Research carried out at the University of Oulu indicates that exercising in cold temperatures puts a greater strain on the heart of coronary artery disease patients than exercising in warm temperatures. No other unusual activity was observed in the cardiac and circulatory systems of men suffering from coronary artery disease while they were engaging in a half-hour brisk walk. 

12.11.2018 News

The Saami are increasingly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change - Sápmelaččat leat ain suojeheamit dálkkádatrievdadusa biehtadahkes váikkuhusaide

The traditional Saami lifestyle and diet have protected the physical and mental health of the Saami people. However, according to the latest study, social and cultural changes have increased the occurrence of lifestyle diseases in the Saami people and created threats to their mental health. Many societal and lifestyle changes have also made the Saami people more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.

14.9.2018 News

Researchers warn that heat-related deaths likely to increase significantly if the Paris Agreement goals are not met

The MCC Collaborative Research Network with CERH researchers Professor Jouni Jaakkola, Docent Yuming Guo and Postdoctoral researcher Niilo Ryti, published a scientific letter "Temperature-mortality impacts under and beyond Paris Agreement climate change scenarios" in the journal Climatic Change. Researcher's models show that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is critical to avoid a large increase in temperature-related deaths.

20.6.2018 News

WHO Collaborating Centre Tackling Global Change and Health Continues in Oulu

World Health Organization has redesignated the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) as a WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health for a new four-year term starting from May 20, 2018. The director of the WHO Collaborating Centre is the director of CERH, Professor of Public Health Jouni Jaakkola. CERH at the University of Oulu is the only university based research unit in Finland serving as a WHO Collaborating Centre.

23.4.2018 News

Article in BMJ Open: Possible link between sudden infant death syndrome and air pollution

A new study by CERH Director, Professor Jouni J. K. Jaakkola and collaborators from the University of Birmingham and the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia suggests a possible association between exposure to certain air pollutants and an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The research examines the relationship between the effects of short-term variations in air pollution and the onset of cot death or SIDS.

15.11.2017 News

Study of impact of climate change on temperatures suggests more deaths unless action taken

CERH researchers participated in a study that was just published in the Lancet Planetary Health.

10.11.2017 News

CERH participation in the Best Research in Sport Science 2017

A research group with Adjunct professor Tiina M.

31.10.2017 News

Interleukin 6 (IL6) gene modifies the effect of smoking on the risk of asthma

The results of a recent study emphasize the role of cytokine Interleukin 6 (IL-6) in the pathogenesis of asthma and imply that certain IL6 genotypes increase susceptibility to the adverse

17.5.2017 News

Article published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice: Diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism is associated with more cold-related cardiorespiratory symptoms

Diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism cause metabolic, neural and circulatory disturbances that may predispose to adverse cooling and related symptoms during the cold season.

28.2.2017 News

Professor Jouni Jaakkola received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation

Professor of public Health Jouni J. K. Jaakkola and his research group have been awarded a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.