Birth cohort researcher, Professor Eero Kajantie elected as a member of Academia Europaea

Eero Kajantie, the Professor of Life Course Medicine at the University of Oulu, has been invited to become a member of the esteemed Academia Europaea.
Professori Eero Kajantie
Professor of Lifecourse Medicine Eero Kajantie uses various birth cohorts in his research, including comprehensive data from Northern Finland Birth Cohorts (NFBC). Photo: Mikko Törmänen.

Professor Eero Kajantie is a widely known and respected researcher. He is known for his research and social advocacy work on life span medicine, especially on children and adults born premature. Kajantie has nearly 500 peer-reviewed original publications in international journals.

His primary focus is on the health and life trajectories of individuals born prematurely, both in childhood and adulthood. In his research, he extensively utilizes various birth cohorts, including comprehensive datasets from Northern Finland Birth Cohorts. He also investigates how common pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, and antenatal depression, influence later health outcomes for the child and how potential health risks can be mitigated.

In addition to his position at the University of Oulu, Kajantie serves as a team leader at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and as a visiting professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

"I am very pleased with the membership. The invitation to become a member demonstrates appreciation for birth cohort research and its possibilities. The honor of individual membership naturally extends to the research group, collaborators, and employers, to whom I wish to express warm thanks," says Eero Kajantie.

Academia Europaea, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting and disseminating excellence in various fields of science worldwide for the benefit of society and the advancement of education for citizens of all ages. It promotes interdisciplinary and international research and advises governments and international organizations on scientific matters. Members are invited based on their distinguished achievements through a careful peer review.

Currently, there are approximately 5500 members in Academia Europaea, with 99 members from Finland. Other members from the University of Oulu include emeritus Academy Professor Kari Kivirikko, Professor Johanna Myllyharju, Vice-Rector for Research Taina Pihlajaniemi, and Academy Professor Guoying Zhao.

Last updated: 7.5.2024