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Valtteri
Kaasinen
Professor, Clinical Neurosciences
MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology
Movement disorders, neurotransmitters and addictions

Areas of expertise

Clinical Neurology
Movement Disorders
Parkinson's disease
Addictions
Neurotransmitters
Neuroimaging
PET
SPECT
Dopamine System

Biography

Dr. Kaasinen is Professor of Neurology at the University of Turku, and Chief Physician at Neurocenter of Turku University Hospital.

He was appointed as Adjuct Professor of Neurology in 2011, received special competence in medical education in 2016, and was appointed as full Professor of Neurology in 2021. 

Dr. Kaasinen is a clinical neurologist and a movement disorder specialist who received his medical degree from the University of Turku in 1996. This was followed by a PhD focusing on brain dopamine PET imaging of Parkinson's disease in 2000. He did his postdoctoral training in 2003-2004 in the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

Since 2004, he has led a research group that focuses on function brain PET and SPECT neurotransmitter imaging in Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders and behavioral addictions. His group is involved in several project that aim to improve diagnostics and treatment of neurological movement disorders. 


Teaching

Dr. Kaasinen has been involved in curriculum planning and implementation of neurology courses since 2013. He is a personal teacher mentor for medical students and has supervised of several PhD students.

Research

Main focus of research is brain function and dysfunction in relation to neurotransmitters, addictions and movement disorders.

Publications

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Dietary Caffeine and Brain Dopaminergic Function in Parkinson Disease (2024)

Annals of Neurology
Saarinen Emmi K., Kuusimäki Tomi, Lindholm Kari, Niemi Kalle, Honkanen Emma A., Noponen Tommi, Seppänen Marko, Ihalainen Toni, Murtomäki Kirsi, Mertsalmi Tuomas, Jaakkola Elina, Myller Elina, Eklund Mikael, Nuuttila Simo, Levo Reeta, Chaudhuri Kallol Ray, Antonini Angelo, Vahlberg Tero, Lehtonen Marko, Joutsa Juho, Scheperjans Filip, Kaasinen Valtteri
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Establishing an online resource to facilitate global collaboration and inclusion of underrepresented populations: Experience from the MJFF Global Genetic Parkinson’s Disease Project (2023)

PLoS ONE
Vollstedt Eva-Juliane, Madoev Harutyun, Aasly Anna, Ahmad-Annuar Azlina, Al-Mubarak Bashayer, Alcalay Roy N., Alvarez Victoria, Amorin Ignacio, Annesi Grazia, Arkadir David, Bardien Soraya, Barker Roger A., Barkhuizen Melinda, Basak A. Nazli, Bonifati Vincenzo, Boon Agnita, Brighina Laura, Brockmann Kathrin, Belin Andrea Carmin, Carr Jonathan, Clarimon Jordi, Cornejo-Olivas Mario, Guedes Leonor Correia, Corvol Jean Christophe, Crosiers David, Damásio Joana, Das Parimal, de Carvalho Aguiar Patricia, De Rosa Anna, Dorszewska Jolanta, Ertan Sibel, Ferese Rosangela, Ferreira Joaquim, Gatto Emilia, Genç Gençer, Giladi Nir, Gómez-Garre Pilar, Hanagasi Hasmet, Hattori Nobutaka, Hentati Faycal, Hoffman-Zacharska Dorota, Illarioshkin Sergey N., Jankovic Joseph, Jesús Silvia, Kaasinen Valtteri, Kievit Anneke, Klivenyi Peter, Kostic Vladimir, Koziorowski Dariusz, Kühn Andrea A., Lang Anthony E., Lim Shen Yang, Lin Chin-Hsien, Lohmann Katja, Markovic Vladana, Martikainen Mika Henrik, Mellick George, Merello Marcelo, Milanowski Lukasz, Mir Pablo, Öztop-Çakmak Özgür., Pimentel Márcia Mattos Gonçalves, Pulkes Teeratorn, Puschmann Andreas, Rogaeva Ekaterina, Sammler Esther M., Petersen Maria Skaalum, Skorvanek Matej, Spitz Matej, Suchowersky Oksana, Tan Ai Huey, Termsarasab Pichet, Thaler Avner., Tumas Vitor., Valente Enza Maria, van de Warrenburg Bart, Williams-Gray Caroline H., Wu Ruey-Mei, Zhang Baorong, Zimprich Alexander, Solle Justin, Padmanabhan Shalini, Klein Christine
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))