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21.1.2021 News

A unique medical imaging test laboratory to be built in Oulu

The University of Oulu and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences are establishing a teaching and testing laboratory for medical imaging. Unique in Finland, the testing environment will offer researchers and companies in the field a wide range of opportunities to test and develop new equipment and imaging methods.

8.12.2020 News

Automated and mobile X-ray device to improve and speed up health services

An accident, such as falling on a ski slope, usually requires an X-ray examination of the injured limb and a trip to the nearest hospital or emergency clinic. In the near future, imaging services can be brought closer to the patient.

3.12.2020 News

Artificial intelligence and computer modelling are revolutionising research into lower back pain

The University of Oulu is participating in an extensive international research project that uses tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and computer modelling to explore the significance of intervertebral disc degeneration in lower back pain. Funding from European Commission is used to hire early-stage researchers who will be trained to apply what they have learned during the project to other national diseases.

26.11.2020 News

Professor Timo Jämsä nominated as IUPESM Fellow

Professor Timo Jämsä nominated as IUPESM Fellow

18.9.2020 News

Consortium headed by Professor Vesa Kiviniemi receive funding in follow-up call for Health from Science Academy Programme

The Academy of Finland has selected five research consortia to receive funding under the follow-up call for the Health from Science Academy Programme.

17.9.2020 News

Professor Kari Majamaa leads a pilot project for compilation of rare neurological diseases in a single national database

A pilot project for compilation of rare neurological diseases in a single national database  

11.9.2020 News

Fixed-term postdoctoral positions at MRC Oulu for 2021

Call for fixed-term postdoctoral positions at MRC Oulu for 2021  

10.9.2020 News

Haettavana kliinisen post doc -tutkijan määräaikaisia tehtäviä MRC Oulussa vuodelle 2021

Hakuaika päättyy 7.10.2020 klo 14.30 Työavain: PPSHP-01-53-20

31.8.2020 News

Professor Juhani Junttila is the new director of MRC Oulu



MD, PhD Juhani Junttila is the new director of the Medical Research Center Oulu. Junttila has started in his new position in the beginning of July 2020.

Junttila is a cardiologist in Oulu University Hospital and a professor of cardiology. He graduated as a licentiate of medicine from the University of Oulu in 2007 and received his PhD in 2008.  Professor Junttila started his research career in the beginning of his medical studies nearly 20 years ago in the research group lead by professor Heikki Huikuri. During his PhD studies, professor Junttila worked as a visiting researcher in the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (NY, USA) and the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada. He spent his post doctoral research period in the University of Miami (FL, USA) during the years 2009-2011 and 2018-2019. Professor Junttila was appointed as Associate Professor of Cardiology by the University of Oulu in 2017, and full professor in 2018. Currently Junttila's research interest is in myocardial fibrosis and sudden cardiac death.


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27.8.2020 News

MRC Oulu - The 2021 call for post doctoral applications opening soon

MRC Oulu   The 2021 calls for  post doctoral applications will be opening soon:   1) Kliinisen post doc -tutkijan tehtäviä vuodelle 2021

30.6.2020 News

Evening types are less physically active

Middle-aged evening-type men and women are less physically active than their peers. Evening-type men also spend more time sitting than morning types, a new study shows. According to the researchers, individual circadian rhythms should be taken into account to a greater extent in physical education and guidance.

23.6.2020 News

Doctoral Student Positions 2021-2023 in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme - deadline to apply 16 August 2020

Multiple funded doctoral student positions available for application in Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (HBS-DP), deadline for application 16 August, 2020:  

23.6.2020 News

Juhani Junttila, Risto Kerkelä, Kaisa Tasanen-Määttä and Juha Veijola have been granted with the Academy Project Funding

Four MRC Oulu Research groups have been granted with the Academy of Finland Academy Project funding   The Academy Projects from 1 September 2020 onwards:

15.6.2020 News

Comparison of contraceptive pills reveals differences in adverse metabolic effects of different forms of estrogen

A joint study by the University of Oulu and University of Helsinki compared the effects of two different types of estrogen on blood inflammatory markers and lipid levels. Ethinyl estradiol, used in many combined oral contraceptives (COCs), increased chronic inflammation, while estradiol valerate, which is similar to natural estrogen, had barely any effect on inflammation.

5.6.2020 News

Researchers at the University of Oulu to receive EU funding for the development of a quick and affordable coronavirus test

The Council of Oulu Region has granted €172,000 funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to a project led by Professor Simo Saarakkala for the development of a new diagnostic coronavirus test. The new test is based on infrared spectroscopy and its development makes use of artificial intelligence. Once finished, the test may significantly increase the testing capacity associated with coronavirus infection from the current one.

29.5.2020 News

Polycystic ovary syndrome impairs women’s quality of life longer than previously thought

Women afflicted with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) still have a poorer quality of life at the age of 46. Because earlier research mainly focused on women of reproductive age, the effects of the syndrome on the life of older women have remained unknown.  

22.5.2020 News

Researchers to study the financial and societal effects of physical activity and inactivity

Led by Professor Raija Korpelainen from the University of Oulu, a new research project will study the financial and societal significance of physical activity and inactivity, providing information that is unique even on the international scale.

20.5.2020 News

Behavioral disorders more common in children exposed to maternal antenatal corticosteroids

Maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment is standard care when there is a risk for preterm delivery. The treatment improves the prognosis of babies born preterm. However, a new study conducted by experts from the University of Helsinki, University of Oulu and THL Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare shows that children exposed to maternal antenatal corticosteroid treatment have higher rates of emotional, behavioral and psychological development disorders than nonexposed children.  

13.5.2020 News

A comprehensive women’s health survey to begin at the University of Oulu

A total of 4,500 women will receive an invitation to a comprehensive health survey. The persons to be surveyed belong to the Northern Finland Birth Cohort (NFBC) 1986. A majority of the participants are now 34 years old.

7.2.2020 News

Rare Disease Week events at Kontinkangas

Rare Disease Week events

29.1.2020 News

Understanding the interplay between the environment and our health

Lifestyle and living environments have changed in the course of time. A large-scale research project led by the University of Oulu examines the interactions between the environment, lifestyle and health in determining the risks of chronic cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The consortium’s research will build on life-course data from 11 million European citizens to study cardio-metabolic health trajectories from birth to old age.

20.1.2020 News

CERH researchers co-author one of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Notable Articles of 2019

Professor of Public health Jouni Jaakkola and postdoctoral researcher Niilo Ryti are co-authors in an article chosen as one of the Notable Articles of 2019 by the leading medical journal the New England Journal of Medicine.

13.1.2020 News

Pioneering research on working-age memory disorders is conducted in Oulu


Memory disorders are seen as diseases of the elderly. One third of those over 85 years of age suffer from a memory disorder, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. However, a memory disorder can manifest itself much earlier on, at the age of 50 to 60.

10.12.2019 News

Haettavana kliinisen tutkijan Post doc -kuukausia MRC Oulussa vuodelle 2020

Haettavana kliinisen tutkijan Post doc -kuukausia MRC Oulussa vuodelle 2020