Huikuri Heikki

Cardiology Research Group


Research unit: Internal Medicine


Group leader

Professor Heikki Huikuri


What do we do

The main focus of cardiology research team is on prediction and prevention of sudden unexpected cardiac death (SCD) by integrating data obtained from comprehensive phenotyping and genotyping of the risk of SCD in various population samples, e.g. in large national cohorts including 25.000 middle-aged subjects with a long follow-up. The risk factors of SCD will also be analysed in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) in ARTEMIS project including 2000 CAD patients with and without type 2 diabetes and in the FinGesture study which is a prospective case-control study including currently 4200 victims of ischemic SCD verified by autopsy (cases) and 4000 survivors of an acute coronary event (controls).


Our team

Post doc researchers

  • Anttonen Olli, docent
  • Hautala Arto, docent
  • Junttila Juhani, docent
  • Kiviniemi Antti, docent
  • Mäkikallio Timo, docent
  • Perkkiömäki Juha, docent
  • Tulppo Mikko, docent
  • Aro Aapo, MD
  • Hookana Eeva, PhD
  • Kaikkonen Kari, MD
  • Kenttä Tuomas, PhD
  • Peltola Mirja, PhD
  • Piira Olli-Pekka, MD
  • Tikkanen Jani, MD


  • Eranti Antti
  • Holkeri Arttu
  • Lepojärvi Samuli
  • Saarinen Juha
  • Terho Henri

Other staff

  • Huikuri Pirkko, study nurse
  • Kastell Päivi, laboratory technician
  • Koski Päivi, study nurse
  • Lehtinen Anne, study secretary


Where are we headed

We anticipate that this multidisciplinary project combining the expertise in clinical cardiology, biomedical engineering, together with national and international collaborators will bring more insight into the background of fatal arrhythmic events and ultimately would benefit the development of new targeted strategies to prevent premature sudden cardiac death at the population level.


Our main collaborators

Professor Tapio Seppänen, Technical Faculty, University of Oulu,  Professor Veikko Salomaa, and  Professor Paul Knekt,  Institute of Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.
Professor Derek Exner, University of Calgary, Canada and Professor Dan Arking, John Hopkins University, USA.

How to find us


Last updated: 9.7.2019