Vaarala Markku

Urological diseases


Research unit: Urology unit, Oulu University Hospital


Group leader

Markku Vaarala, MD, PhD, Chief urologist


What do we do

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. We are evaluating the significance and feasibility of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis and stageing of prostate cancer. Renal cancer is among the most lethal urological cancers. We investigate the significance of surgery and medical treatments among patients with metastasized renal cancer.


Our team

Post doc researchers

  • Ronkainen Hanna

PhD students

  • Laru Lauri
  • Tonttila Panu

Other staff

  • Kivimaa Tuula, Study nurse
  • Vaihoja Katja, Study nurse


Where are we headed

We aim to improve the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of prostate cancer. For patients with metastasized renal cancer, we aim to identify variables which would help to select best treatment options for each patient.


Our main collaborators

Eija Pääkkö, Docent
Pasi Hirvikoski, Docent
Saila Kauppila, Docent
Gonghong Wei, PhD
Aki Manninen, PhD
Mari Kuisma, MD, PhD


How to find us

Urology unit, Oulu University Hospital, PO Box 21, 90029 OYS


Last updated: 9.7.2019