Merja Kallio

Merja Kallio


Consultant in Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care


Merja Kallio is a Pediatric Cardiologist and Postdoctoral Researcher in PEDEGO Research Unit, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital. She graduated from University of Eastern Finland in 2004 and has specialized in pediatrics (2010, University of Oulu) and pediatric cardiology (2014, University of Helsinki). She carried out her PhD research on pediatric ventilation: Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) in Pediatric Intensive Care, at Oulu University Hospital (2014). Her main research interests are pediatric ventilation and intensive care.

Research interests

  • Pediatric Ventilation
  • Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA)
  • Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT)
  • Treatment Outcomes of Congenital Heart Diseases

Selected Publications

1. Kallio M, Koskela U, Peltoniemi O, et alNeurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in preterm newborn infants with respiratory distress syndrome—a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 175, Issue 9, 1 September 2016, Pages 1175-1183.

2. Kallio M, Peltoniemi O, Anttila E, Pokka T, Kontiokari T. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in pediatric intensive care - A randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Pulmonology,  Volume 50, Issue 1, 1 January 2015, Pages 55-62.

3. Kallio M, Peltoniemi O, Anttila E, et alElectrical activity of the diaphragm during neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in pediatric patients. Pediatric Pulmonology, Volume 50, Issue 9, 1 September 2015, Pages 925-931.

4. Kallio M, Pihkala J, Sairanen H, Mattila I. Long-term results of the ross procedure in a population-based follow-up. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Volume 47, Issue 5, 19 November 2015, Article number ezv004, Pages e164-e170.

Research Collaboration

Clinical Associate Partner in CRADL Project