Areas of expertise
Teemu Niiranen, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist and a clinical hypertension specialist with a track record of productivity in hypertension research, successful mentoring, international research grant procurement, and inter-institutional international collaborations. His research on hypertension in large population cohorts has led to >200 publications that are cited by the European, American, British, and Japanese clinical hypertension guidelines. These publications include first- or last-author articles in BMJ, Circulation, European Heart Journal, Nature Communications and JAMA Cardiology.
After finishing his PhD and clinical training, Dr. Niiranen received in-depth training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and omics during a post-doctoral period at the Framingham Heart Study, the oldest and most prestigious cardiovascular cohort study in the world. After his post-doctoral period, he was selected as one of the new Group Leaders of the University of Turku Collegium of Science and Medicine and in 2020, the professor of internal medicine at the university. He is also employed as a Medical Specialist by the National Institute for Health and Welfare and chairs the work of the Cardiometabolic Clinical Expert Group of the FinnGen study, a project that has genotyped up to 500 000 unique Finnish blood samples and merged this genetic data with nationwide healthcare registers.
Dr. Niiranen has received young investigator awards from the American and Finnish Societies of Hypertension, and the American Heart Association. He is the chair of the Finnish Hypertension Society and is currently mentoring, or has mentored 12 PhD students. He is an editorial board member of Hypertension, the leading journal in hypertension research.
Semester leadership: Fall Semester, Clinical research path for fourth year medical students.
Course leadership: PGS1728: Getting Started with Medical Research (Year 4); PGS1741: Clinical Research Literature Exam (Year 4)
Course teaching: MEDI0117: General Propedeutics (Year 4)
Pedagogic training: Medical Pedagogy course (10 credits)
In addition to general cardiovascular epidemiology, Dr. Niiranen's research has focused on the epidemiology of hypertension in large scale population cohorts. His studies particularly focused on home monitoring of blood pressure and more recently he has moved into examining the relation between hypertension and omics (genome, metagenome and metabolome).