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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.

2.2.2017 News

An article in Scientific Reports: Heart medication decreases the risk of sudden cardiac death during cold spells

According to a new study published in Scientific Reports, the risk of sudden cardiac death was significantly increased during prolonged episodes of cold weather known as cold spells (Odds

20.12.2016 News

An article in Plos ONE: Early respiratory tract infections may expose permanent teeth to caries

Respiratory tract infections in early childhood may increase tooth decay i.e. caries in permanent teeth.  The association was found in a study conducted at the University of Oulu, Finland.

5.9.2016 News

An article in Viruses: A Decrease in Temperature and Humidity Precedes Human Rhinovirus Infections in a Cold Climate

Human rhinovirus (HRV) infections have a dominant role as causative agents in upper respiratory tract infections and pose a significant public health burden in terms of absenteeism from schools and

25.5.2016 News

An article in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Prenatal exposure to air pollution heightens the risk of stillbirth: New suggestive evidence

A recent quantitative summary of thirteen studies provides new ‘suggestive evidence’ that exposure to ambient air pollution during pregnancy heightens the risk of stillbirth particularly during the

23.5.2016 News

Arctic Environment, People and Health seminar in Helsinki

Seminar on Arctic challenges

19.5.2016 News

An article in Frontiers in Physiology: Hypertension does not alter the increase in cardiac baroreflex sensitivity caused by moderate cold exposure

Researchers from CERH and their collaborators from the Cardiology Research team, Research Unit of Internal Medicine and Medical Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Finnish Institute of Occupational He

1.2.2016 News

Open position: Postdoctoral Researcher

One postdoctoral position is open at the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu, Finland. Requirements

11.1.2016 News

Cold Spells Increase Mortality Around The World: New Evidence From 4 Continents

A recent study summarizing scientific evidence from 13 countries, 4 continents, concludes that cold spells are associated with increased mortality rates in populations around the world.