Childhood nutrition and metabolism

Description of the reasearch

​My research interest focus on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and childhood nutrition, endocrinology and metabolism. Moreover, I have been closely involved in launching the neonatal metabolic screening program which started in Finland in 2015.

Selected publications

Number of publications: 113.

Mikola H, Pahkala K, Niinikoski H, Rönnemaa T, Viikari JSA, Jula A, Juonala M, Raitakari OT. Cardiometabolic Determinants of Carotid and Aortic Distensibility From Childhood to Early Adulthood. Hypertension. 2017 Aug;70(2):452-460. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.09027. Epub 2017 Jun 26.

Mäkelä J, Lagström H, Pitkänen N, Kuulasmaa T, Kaljonen A, Laakso M, Niinikoski H. Genetic risk clustering increases children's body weight at 2 years of age - the STEPS Study. Pediatr Obes. 2016 Dec;11(6):459-467. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12087. Epub 2015 Dec 11

Nupponen M, Pahkala K, Juonala M, Magnussen CG, Niinikoski H, Rönnemaa T, Viikari JS, Saarinen M, Lagström H, Jula A, Simell O, Raitakari OT. Metabolic syndrome from adolescence to early adulthood: effect of infancy-onset dietary counseling of low saturated fat: the Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project (STRIP). Circulation. 2015 Feb 17;131(7):605-13. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.010532. Epub 2015 Jan 20.

Niinikoski H, Pahkala K, Ala-Korpela M, Viikari J, Rönnemaa T, Lagström H, Jokinen E, Jula A, Savolainen MJ, Simell O, Raitakari OT. Effect of repeated dietary counseling on serum lipoproteins from infancy to adulthood. Pediatrics. 2012 Mar;129(3):e704-13. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-1503. Epub 2012 Feb 13

Niinikoski H, Ruottinen S. Is carbohydrate intake in the first years of life related to future risk of NCDs? Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2012 Oct;22(10):770-4. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2012.05.002. Epub 2012 Jul 11.


The Academy of Finland 337500e.
Juho Vainio Foundation 50000e.
Finnish Cardiac Research Foundation 35000e.
Foundation for Pediatric Research 50000e.