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Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine (CAPC)
Adjunct professor / Dosentti


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Areas of expertise

Cardiovascular health
physical activity
longitudinal studies


I have devoted my research career to examining early life determinants of cardiometabolic health with the ultimate aim to improve primordial prevention of cardiometabolic diseases.


I have supervised 10 undergraduate studies and two doctoral studies. Currently I supervise seven doctoral students and one undergraduate student.


I am a long-standing senior researcher and the vice director of the Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine (CAPC). I am also the vice principal investigator of the globally unique atherosclerosis prevention trial, the STRIP study (Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project), which commenced in 1990 and has extensively studied the 1062 participants since age 7 months to 20 years with repeated assessment of diet, lifestyle and versatile cardiometabolic health markers. I have supervised doctoral students since 2010 and at present my own research group includes seven doctoral students.


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Dietary Pattern Trajectories from Youth to Adulthood and Adult Risk of Impaired Fasting Glucose: A 31-year Cohort Study (2021)

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Wu Feitong, Pahkala Katja, Juonala Markus, Rovio Suvi P., Sabin Matthew A., Rönnemaa Tapani, Buscot Marie-Jeanne, Smith Kylie J., Männistö Satu, Jula Antti, Lehtimäki Terho, Hutri-Kähönen Nina, Kähönen Mika, Laitinen Tomi, Viikari Jorma S.A., Raitakari Olli T., Magnussen Costan G.
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Physical inactivity from youth to adulthood and adult cardiometabolic risk profile (2021)

Preventive Medicine
Kallio Petri, Pahkala Katja, Heinonen Olli J., Tammelin Tuija H., Pälve Kristiina, Hirvensalo Mirja, Juonala Markus, Loo Britt-Marie, Magnussen Costan G., Rovio Suvi, Helajärvi Harri, Laitinen Tomi P., Jokinen Eero, Tossavainen Päivi, Hutri-Kähönen Nina, Viikari Jorma, Raitakari Olli T.
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)