The University of Turku opens the call for applications to the Pentti Malaska Futures Award on the national Futures Day on 5 March 2021. We are looking for bold, research-based, visionary, and boundary-crossing solutions supporting the building of a more sustainable global future.
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The Alum of the Year recognition was awarded to Doctor of Medicine, Medical Counsellor Sakari Alhopuro on Thursday, 25 February 2021, on the eve of the University's 101st anniversary. With the Alum of the Year recognition, the University of Turku wishes to thank Alhopuro for his investment in science and in building social well-being and a sustainable future.
Great Diversity of Wasps Discovered in Africa – Doctoral Candidate Collected over 100,000 Parasitoid Wasps in the Tropical Forest of Uganda (Dissertation Defence: MSc Tapani Hopkins, 27 Feb 2021, Biology)
Doctoral Candidate Tapani Hopkins collected over 100,000 parasitoid wasps from the tropical forest of Uganda during his doctoral dissertation. Current results suggest that there is a diverse parasitoid wasp fauna still awaiting discovery in tropical Africa. His dissertation defence on rhyssine wasp species, their ecology, and how their diversity compares to Amazonia will be held online. Questions are welcome after the event.
A Finnish research group has studied how seasons influence the function of the brain. Researchers at the Turku PET Centre showed that the length of daylight affects the opioid receptors, which in turn regulates the mood we experience.
The University of Turku and Bayer have signed a strategic partnership agreement with the objective to strengthen and develop co-operation in research and education in different fields.
The FinnBrain research of the University of Turku has demonstrated for the first time that the stress the father has experienced in his childhood is connected to the development of the white matter tracts in the child’s brain. Whether this connection is transmitted through epigenetic inheritance needs further research.
A Novel Folic Acid Linked Drug Has Shown to Attenuate Inflammation and Disease Activity in Animal Model of Multiple Sclerosis
Recently published research has indicated that folate receptor targeting therapy constrains inflammation in inflammatory demyelinating central nervous system lesions and may inhibit progression of the disease in animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). This research has been conducted in co-operation with Turku PET Centre, Purdue University and Endocyte Inc (now part of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, NIBR).
The properties of human mind affect the quality of scientific knowledge through the insertion of unconscious cognitive biases. Scientists from the University of Turku, Finland, have found that the current level of awareness about research biases is generally low among ecology scientists. Underestimation of the risks associated with unconscious cognitive biases prevents avoiding these risks in a scientist’s own research. Due to unconscious origin of biases, it is impossible to combat them without external intervention.
SORLA is a protein trafficking receptor that has been mainly studied in neurons, but it also plays a role in cancer cells. Professor Johanna Ivaska’s research group at Turku Bioscience observed that SORLA functionally contributes to the most reported therapy-resistant mechanism by which the cell-surface receptor HER3 counteracts HER2 targeting therapy in HER2-positive cancers. Removing SORLA from cancer cells sensitised anti-HER2 resistant breast cancer brain metastasis to targeted therapy.
Exposure to antibiotics in the first days of life is thought to affect various physiological aspects of neonatal development. A new study conducted in Turku, Finland, reveals that antibiotic treatment within 14 days of birth is associated with reduced weight and height in boys, but not girls, up to the age of six.