Alho Olli-Pekka

Upper aerodigestive tract diseases


Research unit: PEDEGO


Group leader

Professor Olli-Pekka Alho, MD, PhD

Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine

Research interests: Clinical research in Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Epidemiology

Over 100 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited about 3000 times. The author has a h-index of 34. (Google Scholar)


What do we do

This research project deals with the most common diseases both in Finland and in other developed countries (recurrent otitis media and throat infections as well as acute and chronic rhinosinusitis). The diagnostics of these diseases is still problematic, that has major consequences, for example, on the use of antimicrobial drugs affecting the bacterial resistance in the population. Similarly, the surgical procedures done because of these conditions are among the most common in Finland. We need information on the effects of ventilation tube insertion, adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy and (para)nasal surgery on the morbidity and quality of life of the patients. The research group’s published articles on the surgical treatment of recurrent otitis media and throat infections have been included in several Cochrane systematic reviews ( and other international guidelines (e.g. Käypä hoito,, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines net-work,


Our team

Post doc researchers

  • Autio Timo
  • Koivunen Petri
  • Koskenkorva Timo
  • Lantto Ulla

PhD students

  • Alakärppä Antti
  • Laajala Aleksi
  • Ottavainen Vuokko
  • Väisänen Janne


Where are we headed

Our future goal is to improve the diagnostics and treatment of the most common infectious and inflammatory diseases in the Ear, Throat and Nose region.


Our main collaborators

Professor Tapio Seppänen, Machine Vision and Signal Analysis, Oulu
Professor Esa Läärä, Mathematical Sciences, Statistics, Oulu
Professor Antti Mäkitie, Otorhinolaryngology, Helsinki
Professor Marjo Niemelä, Pediatrics, Kuopio

How to find us

Professor Olli-Pekka Alho, olli-pekka.alho[at], phone: 08 315 3473

Last updated: 9.7.2019