Maritta Jaakkola

Maritta JaakkolaTitle:
Research Professor (Respiratory Medicine)

Ph.D., 1994, Depts of Pulmonary Medicine and Public Health, University of Helsinki
M.D., 1984, University of Helsinki

Current appointments:
Research professor, part-time (50 %), Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu

Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu
Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital
Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu



Positions of trust:
American Thoracic Society

  • 2001–2004 Member of the Program Committee of the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Assembly
  • 2002–2005 Member of the Webpage Committee of the EOH Assembly
  • 2008–2011 Member of the Planning Committee of the EOH Assembly
  • 2008–2009 Member of the Nominating Committee of the EOH Assembly
  • 2010–2011 Chair-Elect of the Program Committee of the EOH Assembly
  • 2011–2012 Chair of the Program Committee of the EOH Assembly

European Respiratory Society

  • 2001– Reviewer of the abstracts for the International ERS conferences
  • 2005–2009 Delegate of the Assembly of Occupation and Epidemiology in the Council of the ERS
  • 2010–2013 Delegate of Finland in the Council of the ERS

Finnish Respiratory Society (Suomen Keuhkolääkäriyhdistys)

  • 2009–2011 Vice President
  • 2012– President

Finnish Society of Epidemiology (Suomen Epidemiologiyhdistys)

  • 2000–  Founder
  • 2001–2004 Deputy member of the Board of directors

Visiting address:
Aapistie 5 B, 1st floor

Room number:

maritta.jaakkola (at)

Respiratory epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, exposure assessment, burden of disease assessment.

Selected publications:

  1. Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Assessment of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Eur Respir J 1997; 10: 2384-2397. IF 5.895
  2. Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Office equipment and supplies: A modern occupational health concern? Am J Epidemiol 1999; 150: 1223-1228. IF 5.216
  3. Jaakkola MS, Nordman H, Piipari R, Uitti J, Laitinen J, Karjalainen A, Hahtola P, Jaakkola JJK. Indoor dampness and molds and development of adult-onset asthma: A population-based incident case-control study. Environ Health Perspect 2002; 110: 543-547. IF 7.036
  4. Jaakkola JJK, Jaakkola N, Piipari R, Jaakkola MS. Pets, parental atopy, and asthma in adults. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002; 109: 784-788. IF 11.003
  5. Jaakkola MS, Ma J, Yang G, Chin M-F, Benowitz NL, Ceraso M, Samet JM. Determinants of salivary cotinine concentrations in Chinese smokers. Prev Med 2003; 36: 282-290. IF 3.216
  6. Heloma A, Jaakkola MS. Four-year follow-up of smoke exposure, attitudes and smoking behaviour following enactment of Finland's national smoke-free workplace law. Addiction 2003; 98: 1111-1117. IF 4.313
  7. Jaakkola MS, Piipari R, Jaakkola N, Jaakkola JJK. Environmental tobacco smoke and adult-onset asthma: A population-based incident case-control study. Am J Public Health 2003; 93: 2055-2060. IF 3.926
  8. Piipari R, Jaakkola JJK, Jaakkola N, Jaakkola MS. Smoking and asthma in adults. Eur Respir J 2004; 24: 734-9.  IF 5.895
  9. Gilmour MI, Jaakkola MS, London SJ, Nel AE, Rogers CA. How exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollutants, and increased pollen burdens influences the incidence of asthma. Environ Health Perspect 2006; 114: 627-633. IF 7.036
  10. Jaakkola MS, Ieromnimon A, Jaakkola JJK. Are atopy and specific IgE to mites and molds important for adult asthma? J Allergy Clin Immunol 2006; 117: 642-648. IF 11.003
  11. Jaakkola JJK, Ieromnimon A, Jaakkola MS. Interior surface materials and asthma in adults: A population-based incident case-control study. Am J Epidemiol 2006; 164: 742-749. IF 5.216
  12. Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Office work exposures and adult-onset asthma. Environ Health Perspect 2007; 115: 1007-1011. IF 7.036
  13. Sripaiboonkij P, Phanprasit W, Jaakkola MS. Respiratory effects of occupational exposures in a milk powder factory. Eur Respir J 2008; 31: 807-14. IF 5.895
  14. Moore VC, Jaakkola MS, Burge CB, Robertson AS, Pantin CF, Vellore AD, Burge PS. A new diagnostic score for occupational asthma: the Area Between the Curves (ABC score) of peak expiratory flow on days at and away from work. Chest 2009; 135: 307-314. IF 5.250
  15. Jaakkola JJK, Hwang BF, Jaakkola MS. Home dampness and molds as determinants of allergic rhinitis in childhood: a 6-year, population-based cohort study. Am J Epidemiol 2010; 172: 451-459. IF 5.216
  16. Öberg M, Jaakkola MS, Woodward A, Peruga A, Prűss-Ustűn A. Worldwide burden of disease from exposure to second-hand smoke: a retrospective analysis of data from 192 countries. Lancet 2011; 377:139-146. IF 38.278
  17. Rantala A, Jaakkola JJK, Jaakkola MS. Respiratory infections precede adult-onset asthma. PLoS ONE 2011;6:e27912 IF 4.092
  18. Heikkinen SAM, Quansah R, Jaakkola JJK., Jaakkola MS. Effects of regular exercise on adult asthma: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Epidemiol 2012 Jun;27(6):397-407. Epub 2012 Apr 25. IF 4.713
  19. Quansah R, Jaakkola MS, Hugg TT, Heikkinen SAM, Jaakkola JJK. Residential Dampness and Molds and the Risk of Developing Asthma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 2012; 7(11): e47526. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047526. IF 4.092.
  20. Lajunen TK, Jaakkola JJK, Jaakkola MS. Influence of heredity on asthma continues into adulthood. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Mar;131(3):916-18. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2012.10.035. Epub 2012 Dec 11. Letter to editor. IF 11.248
  21. Paaso E, Jaakkola MS, Lajunen TK, Hugg TT, Jaakkola JJK. The importance of family history in asthma during the first 27 years of life.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2013 Sep 1;188(5):624-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201212-2236LE. Letter to editor. IF 11.986
  22. Lajunen TK, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS. The synergistic effect of heredity and exposure to second-hand smoke on adult-onset asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Oct 1;188(7):776-82. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201304-0773OC. IF 11.986
  23. Jaakkola MS, Quansah R, Hugg T, Heikkinen SAM, Jaakkola JJK. Association of indoor dampness and molds with rhinitis risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Nov;132(5):1099-1110.e18. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.07.028. Epub 2013 Sep 10.  IF 11.248
  24. Lajunen TK, Jaakkola JJK, Jaakkola MS. Interleukin 6 polymorphisms modify the effects of smoking on the risk of adult asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2018;141(2);799–802.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.09.011. IF 14.110
  25. Siddika N, Rantala AK, Antikainen H, Balogun H, Amegah AK, Ryti NRI, Kukkonen J, Sofiev M, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Synergistic effects of prenatal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) on the risk of preterm birth: A population-based cohort study. Environ Res 2019; 176; 108549 [Epub ahead of print]. IF 2018 5.026
  26. Jaakkola JJK, Aalto SAM, Hernberg S, Kiihamäki SP, Jaakkola MSRegular exercise improves asthma control in adults: A randomized controlled trial. Sci Rep. 2019 Aug 19;9(1):12088. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-48484-8. IF 2018 4.011.

Popular media:

Kaleva 19 August 2019
Uusi tutkimus: säännöllinen kuntoliikunta vähentää aikuisten ast­ma­lää­ki­tyk­sen tarvetta – löytö on tärkeä kan­san­ter­vey­den ja -talouden näkökulmasta [in Finnish]

Oulu University News, May 19, 2015
Maritta Jaakkolalle keuhkosairauksien tutkimuksen kansainvälinen tunnustuspalkinto [in Finnish]
Professor Maritta Jaakkola received the John Peters Award

Aktuumi 3/2012
Astma yleistyy [in Finnish]

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Last updated: 18.6.2020