Research Center for Child Psychiatry
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Andre Sourander, Professor in Child Psychiatry, University of Turku
  • Finnish Prenatal Studies (FIPS)
Finnish Prenatal Studies launched in 2009. The subprojects include studies on infantile autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome, and antisocial personality disorder.
  • Multigenerational Familial and Environmental Risk for Autism – MINERvA
MINERvA is an international multi-site research network. The main aim of this collaboration is to analyse genetic and environmental risk factors to autism within multigenerational framework by linking international data from multiple information sources including registers and other sources.
  • Serotonergic Modulation of Brain Development: Genetic and Pharmacologic Influence on Structure Function and Behavior
The aims of the study are to examine the relationship between SSRI use during pregnancy and perinatal complications, to evaluate the relationship between SSRI use during pregnancy and childhood/adolescent neuropsychiatric outcomes and to assess whether exposure to SSRIs during particular periods of pregnancy is associated with specific neuropsychiatric outcomes in offspring.
  • The Finnish 1981 birth cohort study (FNBCS-1981) (longitudinal population based study of 6000 children from age 8 to age 25)
The Finnish 1981 Birth Cohort Study is the largest nationwide prospective child psychiatric study in the world. Major goal of this population-based follow-up study is to identify early biological and psychosocial risk factors for the causes of mental health disturbances later in life. The FNBCS-1981 study includes information of childhood and adulthood psychopathology from multiple informants (parents, teachers, children) and multiple national registers.
  • Finnish Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Service Use Time-trend Study
The Finnish Time-trend Study consists of four subprojects addressing changes of mental health problems, service use and perceived difficulties using both repeated cross-sectional surveys and registry data.
  • Strongest Families Finland Canada (SFFC)
The goal of the RCT research study is to develop and evaluate a remote internet-assisted population-based intervention for disruptive behavior at age four.
  • FinnCrime Study
The FinnCrime Study focuses on criminal behavior in Finnish population-based cohorts. It poses core criminological questions related to prevalence and risk factors of offeding. The background data are received through questionnaires, while data on offending are based on the Finnish National Police Register.
  • Mika Gissler, Professor, THL / University of Turku
  • Heli Malm, THL / University of Turku
  • Thedi Ziegler, Adjunct Professor
  • Solja Niemelä, Professor, University of Oulu
  • Anu Raevuori, Adjunct Professor, Academy Fellow
  • Henrik Elonheimo, Adjunct Professor
  • Miia Artama
  • David Gyllenberg
  • Venla Lehti
  • Terhi Luntamo
  • Laura Timonen-Soivio
  • Anna-Marja Ilola
  • Roshan Chudal
  • Elina Jokiranta
  • Katja Lampi
  • Dan Sucksdorff
  • Lotta Lempinen
  • Susanna Leivonen
  • Petteri Joelsson
  • Kaisa Luntamo
  1. Chudal R, Gissler M, Sucksdorff D, Lehti V, Suominen A, Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki S, Bown AS, Sourander A. Parental Age and the Risk of Bipolar Disorders. Bipolar Disorders 2014 Feb 6. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12182. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Drislane LE, Sourander A, Sillanmäki L, Aggen SH, Elonheimo H, Parkkola K, Multimäki P, Kendler KS. Distinct Variants of Extreme Psychopathic Individuals in Society at Large: Evidence from a Population-Based Sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 2014 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Cheslack-Postava K, Jokiranta E, Suominen A, Lehti V, Sourander A, Brown AS. Variation by Diagnostic Subtype in Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders Associated with Maternal Parity among Finnish Births. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2014; 28(1):58-66.
  4. Polo-Kantola P, Lampi KM, Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki S, Gissler M, Brown AS, Sourander A. Obstetric Risk Factors and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Finland. Journal of Pediatrics 2013; 164(2):358-365.
  5. Brown AS, Sourander A, Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki S, McKeague IW, Sundvall J, Surcel HM. Elevated maternal C-reactive protein and autism in national birth cohort. Molecular Psychiatry 2013; 19(2):259-264.
Total number of publications (2009-2014): 72
Number of publication with an IF >5: 17
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Autism Speaks
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR )
  • Academy of Finland
  • Jane ja Aatos Erkko Foundation
  • The Association of Friends of the University Children's Hospitals
  • Sigrid Juselius Foundation
  • Hospital District of the Southwestern Finland
  • Kone Foundation
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation