Traumatic brain injury research group
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Olli Tenovuo, Docent, University of Turku and Head of Department, Turku University Hospital, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Turku Brain Injury Center of Excellence


Our main aim is to produce important new scientific data of the mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and for the diagnostics of TBI, by using high-quality prospectively collected material. We aim at characterizing different injury types and combinations, improving their reliable detection, improving individual diagnostics and decision-making and at the same time clarifying the occurrence, detection and effect of different pathophysiological phenomena. In other words, we aim at raising the diagnostics of TBI to an improved level and clarifying the injury mechanisms in a way that facilitates the development of new treatment interventions. The main principles in our research activities are national and international networking, close collaboration between clinical and basic research, continuous connection between clinical care and scientific research, and creation of internationally unique facilities for clinical research of TBIs.


Senior researchers

  • Juha Rinne, Professor
  • Janek Frantzén, Docent
  • Jussi Hirvonen, Docent
  • Päivi Hämäläinen, Docent
  • Timo Kurki, Docent
  • Jussi Posti, Docent
  • Riikka Takala, Docent


  • Nina Brandstack
  • Juha Grönlund
  • Leena Himanen
  • Pekka Jokinen
  • Claire Jourdan

PhD students:

  • Henna Ala-Seppälä
  • Iiro Heino
  • Iftakher Hossain
  • Emmi Kankaanpää
  • Ari Katila
  • Jussi Laalo
  • Henna-Riikka Maanpää
  • Shkar Maruf
  • Mehrbod Mohammadian
  • Marjaana Raukola-Lindbom
  • Henri Salo
  • Samuel Söderqvist
  • Jussi Tallus
  • Jessina Uski
  • Minttu Vaittinen
  • Matias Yli-Olli
  • Anna Östberg

Research coordinator:

  • Satu Timlin


  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Indiana University, USA
  • US University of the Health Sciences, USA
  • University of California SF, USA
  • University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, Maryland (USA)
  • University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Nencki Institute, Poland
  • Hôpital Raymond Poincaré, France
  • Aix-Université de Marseilles, France
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • University of Örebro, Sweden
  • University of Trnava, Slovakia
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Erasmus Medical School, Netherlands
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • A.I.V. Institute (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Tampere University Hospital, Finland
  • Helsinki University, Finland
  • Oulu University, Finland
  • Finnish Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • University of Turku, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • University of Turku, Dept. of Anatomy
  1. Himanen L, Portin R, Isoniemi H, Helenius H, Kurki T, Tenovuo O. Longitudinal cognitive changes in traumatic brain injury: a 30 year follow-up study. Neurology 2006;66:187-92.
  2. Isoniemi H, Kurki T, Portin R, Kairisto V, Tenovuo O. Hippocampal volume, brain atrophy, and ApoE genotype after traumatic brain injury. Neurology 2006;67:756-760.
  3. Östberg A, Virta J, Rinne J, Oikonen V, Luoto P, Någren K, Arponen E, Tenovuo O. Cholinergic dysfunction after traumatic brain injury – preliminary findings from a PET study. Neurology 2011;76:1046-50.
  4. Brandstack N, Kurki T, Tenovuo O. Quantitative diffusion tensor tractography of long association tracts in patients with traumatic brain injury without findings in routine MRI. Radiology 2013;267:231-9.
  5. Orešič M, Posti JP, Kamstrup-Nielsen MH, Takala RSK, Lingsma HS, Mattila I, Jäntti S, Katila AJ, Carpenter KLH, Ala-Seppälä H, Kyllönen A, Maanpää H-R, Tallus J, Coles JP, Heino J, Frantzén J, Hutchinson PJ, Menon DK, Tenovuo O, Hyötyläinen T. Human serum metabolites associate with severity and patient outcomes in traumatic brain injury. EBioMedicine 2016;12:118-26.
Total number of publications (only peer-reviewed and international review-articles) in 2005-2016 as a first number and the number of publications with IF > 5.0 (2013) as a second number (eg. "publications 2005-2014: 112/25"):
The number of PhD degrees completed in 2005-2016: 5
External funding of the research group in 2005-: About 2 000 000 €