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Professor, Clinical Neurosciences
Professor of Neuroimmunology, MD, PhD
Multiple sclerosis research, @multiplesclerosisresearchfinland, Neuroinflammation research, Airas group,


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Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4

Areas of expertise

Multiple sclerosis


I am a clinical neurologist specializing in the care of neuroimmunolgical patients, especially multiple sclerosis at the Turku University Hospital. I lead a research group focusing on neuroinflammation, and I act as the first Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University of Turku. Our group uses PET imaging to investigate the pathology of MS, and we focus particularly on the pathological aspects of progressive MS.


As a Professor of Neuroimmunology I am responsible for the neuroimmunological education at the Medical school of the University of Turku. Currently I have under supervision 9 PhD, 2 master’s thesis and 3 extended studies medical students. I participate regularly in domestic and international scientific congresses as a presenter and organizer.


My main interest is in pathological mechanisms of progressive MS. We apply PET imaging to study neuroinflammation. We aim is to develop treatments for neuroimmunological diseases where no treatment is yet available, such as progressive MS.


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Effects of age, BMI and sex on the glial cell marker TSPO - a multicentre [C-11]PBR28 HRRT PET study (2019)

European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Tuisku J, Plaven-Sigray P, Gaiser EC, Airas L, Al-Abdulrasul H, Bruck A, Carson RE, Chen MK, Cosgrove KP, Ekblad L, Esterlis I, Farde L, Forsberg A, Halldin C, Helin S, Kosek E, Lekander M, Lindgren N, Marjamaki P, Rissanen E, Sucksdorff M, Varrone A, Collste K, Gallezot JD, Hillmer A, Huang YY, Hoglund CO, Johansson J, Jucaite A, Lampa J, Nabulsi N, Pittman B, Sandiego CM, Stenkrona P, Rinne J, Matuskey D, Cervenka S
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)