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

Event information




The main building of the Medical Campus, Leena Palotie Auditorium 101A, Aapistie 5A 

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

Abstract submission is open until January 14th, 2022.

Please find here the instructions and template for the abstract.

Please leave your abstract HERE!

More information on abstract submission:
Sanna Karppinen (sanna-maria.karppinen at

Preliminary program:

08.55  Welcoming words 
Chair of the organization committee, Professor Lari Lehtiö 

Keynote lectures 
Chair: Professor Juhani Junttila 

09.00-09.45 Dimensions of overweight and obesity over the life-course  
Professor Timo Strandberg, University of Helsinki 

09.45-10.15 Background factors of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) 
Professor Kirsi Sipilä, University of Oulu 

10.15-10.30 Coffee break 

10.30-11.30 Oral presentations (selected from submitted abstracts) 

10.30 To be selected
10.45 To be selected
11.00 To be selected
11.15 To be selected

11.30-12.30 Lunch break and poster presentations  

Keynote lectures 
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

13.45-14.30 Coffee break 

14.30-15.30 Oral presentations (selected from submitted abstracts) 

14.30 To be selected
14.45 To be selected
15.00 To be selected
15.15 To be selected

15.30-15.40 Awards  and closing words 

The Best Doctoral Thesis 2021 Awards
Best Oral Presentation Awards
Best Poster Presentation Award 


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: 21.12.2021