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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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Oral Doxycycline Compared to Intravenous Ceftriaxone in the Treatment of Lyme Neuroborreliosis: A Multicenter, Equivalence, Randomized, Open-label Trial (2020)

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Elisa Kortela, Mari J Kanerva, Juha Puustinen, Saija Hurme, Laura Airas, Anneli Lauhio, Ulla Hohenthal, Päivi Jalava-Karvinen, Tuomas Nieminen, Taru Finnilä, Tony Häggblom, Annukka Pietikäinen, Mari Koivisto, Johanna Vilhonen, Minna Marttila-Vaara, Jukka Hytönen, Jarmo Oksi
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Long-term safety and effectiveness of natalizumab treatment in clinical practice: 10 years of real-world data from the Tysabri Observational Program (TOP) (2020)

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Helmut Butzkueven, Ludwig Kappos, Heinz Wiendl, Maria Trojano, Tim Spelman, Ih Chang, Rachna Kasliwal, Seema Jaitly, Nolan Campbell, Pei-Ran Ho, Stephanie Licata; On behalf of the Tysabri Observational Program (TOP) Investigators
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)