The Science Day of the Kontinkangas Campus 2022

Dear Colleagues

It is my great pleasure to invite you all to participate in the 19th Science Day of the Kontinkangas Campus on February 22, 2022. The program of the Science Day will include plenary lectures of invited speakers and oral presentations selected from the abstracts.

The theme of the Science Day is “Are you at risk? - Predisposing factors for diseases”. We are all at risk of diseases whether we leave the house or not, but the risk can be increased due to genetics, environmental factors, our physical and mental condition or by our habits. Knowing more about the risk factors involved allow us to take actions and improve our odds against threats including the viral infections currently affecting our everyday life.

We are privileged to have speakers addressing multiple predisposing factors ranging from overweight to molecular level therapies on the basis of the knowledge of risk factors.

We will update the web pages with information regarding the program and will be looking forward to receive abstracts from young scientists working on the campus to discuss their results at the event. We hope to meet you all virtually during the Kontinkangas Campus Science Day 2022.

Lari Lehtiö
Chair of the organizing committee
Science Day of the Kontinkangas Campus
Science Day
Artistic illustration of disease risks and research, by Sonja Salmi

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“Are you at Risk?- Predisposing factors for diseases” 



08.00 Virtual morning coffee at the “Lounge” (SpatialChat): testing and introduction to the poster session platform, Professor Lari Lehtiö.  

Link for SpatialChat can be found in the ProspectumLIVE event page. Choose the tab “Lounge and poster sessions” 

08.15 Welcoming words (SpatialChat) 

Chair of the organization committee, Professor Lari Lehtiö 


Keynote lectures (Zoom) 

Chair: Professor Juhani Junttila 

08.30-09.00 Background factors of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) 

Professor Kirsi Sipilä, University of Oulu 

09.00-09.45 Dimensions of overweight and obesity over the life-course  

Professor Timo Strandberg, University of Helsinki 


09.45-10.00 Coffee break 


10.00-11.00 Oral presentations (selected from submitted abstracts, Zoom) 

Chairs: Marja Vääräsmäki and Antti Haapalainen 

10.00 Justiina Ronkainen: Metabolic determinants of biological aging in Northern Finland birth cohorts

10.15 Niina Sissala: Higher hemoglobin levels are an independent risk factor for gestational diabetes 

10.30 Riikka Arffman: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have poorer work ability and higher disability retirement rate at midlife - a Northern Finland birth cohort 1966 study 

10.45 Johanna Timonen: Association between adolescents' social leisure time activities and the onset of mental disorders in young adulthood 


11.00-11.30 Lunch break  

11:30-12:30 Poster presentations and discussion (SpatialChat)  


Keynote lectures (Zoom) 

Chair: Professor Lari Lehtiö 

12:30-13.15 Noncoding RNAs:  From patient stratification to therapeutic therapies in heart failure patients 

Professor Thomas Thum, Hannover Medical School, Germany 

13.15-13.45 Infection susceptibility – a combination of biology and behaviour 

Professor Timo Hautala, University of Oulu 


13.45-14.45 Poster presentations and discussion (SpatialChat) 


14.45-15.45 Oral presentations (selected from submitted abstracts, Zoom) 

Chairs: Salla Ruskamo and Pirjo Åström 

14.45 Carlos Vela-Rodriguez: Reconstitution of the DTX3L-PARP9 complex reveals determinants for high affinity heterodimerization and multimeric assembly 

15.00 Pinja Tissarinen: Human placental proteomics and exon variant studies link AAT/SERPINA1 with spontaneous preterm birth 

15.15 Eeva Sliz: Evidence of a causal effect of genetic tendency to gain muscle mass on uterine leiomyomata

15.30 Annalena Dittmann: Targeting AML by the leukemic matrisome interface


15.45-16.00 Awards  and closing words 

The Best Doctoral Thesis 2021 Awards 

Best Oral Presentation Awards 

Best Poster Presentation Award 


16.00-18.00 Discussions continue in the poster rooms and the lounge (SpatialChat) 


Organizing committee:
Lari Lehtiö
Antti Haapalainen
Virpi Harila
Juhani Junttila
Sanna Karppinen
Salla Ruskamo
Marja Vääräsmäki
Pirjo Åström
Sonja Salmi (graphics design)
Pia Askonen
Anne Vainionpää



Last updated: 11.2.2022