Sirpa Aalto (former Heikkinen)

Sirpa HeikkinenTitle:
Doctoral student

Licentiate of Medicine 2015, University of Oulu
Medical Candidate 2010, University of Oulu

University of Oulu, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research

Visiting address:
Aapistie 5B, 1st floor

Room number:

Phone number:
+358 45 206 4627

sirpa.aalto (at)

General Medicine, Sports Medicine

Research fields:
To evaluate the effects of regular exercise on health, with special interest in asthma.


  1. Heikkinen SA, Quansah R, Jaakkola JJ, Jaakkola MS. Effects of regular exercise on adult asthma. Eur J Epidemiol. 2012 Jun;27(6):397-407. doi: 10.1007/s10654-012-9684-8. Epub 2012 Apr 25. Review.
  2. Quansah R, Jaakkola MS, Hugg TT, Heikkinen SA, Jaakkola JJ. 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. Epub 2012 Nov 7. Review. Erratum in: PLoS One. 2014;9(3):e93454.
  3. Jaakkola MS, Quansah R, Hugg TT, Heikkinen SA, Jaakkola JJ. 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. Review.
  4. Heikkinen SAM, Mäkikyrö EMS, Hugg TT, Jaakkola MS, Jaakkola JJK. Effects of regular exercise on asthma control in young adults. J Asthma. 2018 Jul;55(7):726-733. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2017.1366510. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
  5. Jaakkola JJK, Aalto SAM, Hernberg S, Kiihamäki SP, Jaakkola MS. Regular 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.
  6. Jaakkola MS, Aalto SAM, Hyrkäs-Palmu H, Jaakkola JJK. Association between regular exercise and asthma control among adults: The population-based Northern Finnish Asthma Study. PLoS One. 2020 Jan 23;15(1):e0227983. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227983. eCollection 2020.

Last updated: 23.3.2020