Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR)

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR) promotes high quality clinical research and supports doctoral training in clinical medicine and other closely related research areas focusing on the etiology, diagnostics and treatment of diseases including the translational medicine and studies on health service systems.

  • Turku Brain and Mind is a subprogramme of DPCR.
  • Parallel doctoral and clinical specialist training is supported by the doctoral programme.

During the doctoral training period the expertise and know-how of a doctoral researcher will develop in the following areas:

  • the causes, diagnostics and treatments of diseases
  • the promotion of health and prevention of illness
  • the knowledge and development of health service systems
  • special characteristics of clinical research: practices, methods, legislation and ethical norms regulating clinical research
  • science policy and research funding systems
  • the utilisation of research results
  • relevant statistical methods
  • basics of clinical drug research and trials (GCP etc.)


Doctoral Programme Director Antti Saraste

Coordinator Mikko Tähtö-Pakkanen

Research themes

Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases

Paediatric research

  • e.g. infections, immunology, NAMI, DIPP and Teddy projects


Orthopaedic research

  • clinical orthopaedics
  • biomaterials


  • the molecular mechanisms and diagnostic biomarkers of cancer growth and metastasis
  • clinical cancer research supported by Auria Biobank

Medical imaging and diagnostics

Social and health care service research

Other important topics

  • e.g. epidemiology, public health, clinical allergology and immunology, reproductive medicine, health economics
UTUGS funded doctoral researcher positions
Sitaatti PhD TKT Pouru
Clinical research together with doctoral training gives a fresh perspective on my medical studies.
Jussi-Pekka Pouru, Doctoral Candidate