Suomeksi
 
 
Interaction of sleep, breathing, endocrine function, mental health and cognition
Antti Revonsuo, PhD., Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Skövde, Sweden, Professor of Psychology, University of Turku
 
Olli Polo, MD, PhD, Research Director of the Sleep Research Unit; Dept of Physiology, University of Turku, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Tampere
Päivi Polo, MD, PhD, Docent, Sleep Research Unit, Dept of Physiology, University of Turku and Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Turku University Hospital
Tarja Saaresranta, MD, PhD, Docent, Dept of Pulmonary Diseases and Clinical Allergology, Turku University Hospital and Assistant Research Director of the Sleep Research Unit; Dept of Physiology, University of Turku
GOAL:
Increasing body of evidence points towards disorders of sleep and wakefulness having a marked impact on health and work performance. The goal of the group is to understand mechanisms and disorders of mind and body in a wide context, including control of physiological phenomena, various disorders, and functions of the brain. We use alterations in the level of consciousness and between wakefulness and sleep as a model that enables research into “mind” and control of vital functions such as breathing or endothelial function. Successful research will produce new insight to mental and physiological processes and possibilities to treat common disorders.
DESCRIPTION ON HOW THE PROGRAM WILL PARTICIPATE IN DEVELOPING THE CORE FACILITIES AND POST GRADUATE TRAINING IN BIOCITY AND/OR IN THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE:
The Sleep Research Unit at the University of Turku offers a core facility of polysomnography with three beds for experimental neuroscience. Special methodologies include long-term transcutaneous carbon dioxide monitoring and frequent venous blood sampling during sleep. In addition to a facility of polysomnography, the Unit of Cognitive Neuroscience offers comprehensive facilities and instruments to study various aspects of neurocognitive functions of the brain.
Sleep Research Unit is organizing once a month during the academic year Sleep School (one of the PGS courses of the Faculty of Medicine).

GROUP MEMBERS:
  • Aittokallio Jenni, MD, PhD (post-doc)
  • Anttalainen Ulla, MD, PhD (post-doc)
  • Kalleinen Nea, MD, PhD (post-doc)
  • Lamusuo Salla, MD, PhD (post-doc)
  • Markkula Juha, MD (PhD student)
  • Virkki Arho, MSc, PhD (post-doc)
  • Valli Katja, MA, PhD. (post-doc)
  • Virtanen Irina, MD, PhD (post-doc)
  • Halme Perttu, MD (PhD student)
  • Karppinen Nina, BM (PhD student)
  • Lampio Laura, BM (PhD student)
  • Noreika Valdas, MA (PhD student)
  • Pihlakoski Leena, MD (PhD student)
  • Rimpilä Ville, BSc (PhD student)
  • Salminen Aaro, BSc (PhD student)
  • Torsti Jutta, MA (PhD student)
  • Utriainen Karri, MD (PhD student)

COLLABORATORS:
INTERNATIONAL:
  • Grote Ludger, MD, PhD. Professor (senior researcher, University of Gothenburg)
  • Hedner Jan, MD, PhD, Professor (senior researcher, University of Gothenburg)
  • Winkelmann Juliane MD, PhD, Professor (senior researcher, Klinik für Neurologie & Institut für Humangenetik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München)
NATIONAL
  • Irjala Kerttu, MD, PhD, docent (senior researcher, University of Turku and Mehiläinen)
  • Korhonen Päivi, MD, PhD (post-doc, Harjavalta Health Centre)
  • Korkeila Jyrki, MD, PhD, Professor (senior researcher, University of Turku)
  • Kronholm Erkki, MA, PhD, Docent (senior researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare)
  • Laitio Timo, MD, PhD (post-doc, Turku University Hospital)
  • Salo Paula, MA, PhD, (post-doc, Institute of Occupational Health)
  • Ryynänen Olli-Pekka, MD, PhD, Professor (senior researcher, University of Eastern Finland)
  • Korhonen Tapio, PhD, Docent, University of Turku

SELECTED PUBICATIONS:
  1. Alhola P, Polo-kantola P, Portin R, Erkkola R. (2006). Estrogen therapy and cognition: A 6-year single-blind follow-up study in postmenopausal women. Neurology 67:706-9 (IF 8.172)
  2. Koivisto M & Revonsuo A. (2010). Event-related brain potential correlates of visual awareness. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 34:922-34. (IF 7.791)
  3. Karakorpi M, Alhola P, Urrila AS, Kylmälä M, Portin R, Kalleinen N, Polo-Kantola P. (2006). Hormone treatment gives no benefit against cognitive changes caused by acute sleep deprivation in postmenopausal women. Neuropsychopharmacol. 93:1655-61 (IF 6.993)
  4. Koivisto M, Revonsuo A & Lehtonen M (2006) Independence of visual awareness from the scope of attention: An electrophysiological study. Cerebral Cortex 16(3):415-424. (IF 6.979)
  5. Kalleinen N, Polo-Kantola P, Irjala K, Porkka-Heiskanen T, Vahlberg T, Virkki A, Polo O. (2008). 24-h serum levels of growth hormone, prolactin and cortisol in pre- and postmenopausal women. The effect of combined estrogen and progestin treatment. J Clin Endocr Metab. 31:2079-88. (IF 6.202)
Publications in 2005-2010: 102 / 14
The number of PhD degrees completed in 2005-2010: 6

External funding in 2005-2009: 1.312.700 €
External funding in 2009: 164 050 €
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