Atrial fibrillation is one of the greatest challenges in cardiology. The atrial fibrillation research is evidence of cardiological expertise in Turku and the involved parties are the University of Turku, the Turku University Hospital Heart Centre, Turku PET Centre, and the hospitals of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland. A smart phone app for observing atrial fibrillation has been engineered in Turku, and there is more to come. This technology is top-quality on a global scale.
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Doctoral Candidate, MD Anna Aatsinki is finishing her dissertation about the connection between gut microbiota and development of the nervous system. Next, she aims to study how breast milk’s composition affects infant brain – there is plenty to discover in the nascent field.
Researchers have wondered about the function of dreaming for a long time. Interest in dream contents has increased during the corona crisis.
Top-level skin cancer research acknowledging the individuality of cancer is conducted in Turku. In the studies, the characteristics of cancer are examined at the level of tracers and molecules. This opens up the opportunity to tailor the most suitable treatment for each patient. The studies are rewarding for both the researchers and the research subjects. At best, patients with advanced skin cancer benefit from the new medicinal products used in trials long before these products are in commercial use.
The researchers at the Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku are specialised in studying poorly known species habiting some of the most remote places on earth. As a result of their scientific expeditions, the researchers constantly discover species that are unknown to science. One of the most recent discoveries is a spider which was named after actor Joaquin Phoenix and his famous portrayal of the Joker character.
Researchers of quantum technology at the University of Turku are collaborating internationally to promote the development of quantum computers and to create new applications based on quantum technology. These applications are expected to revolutionise our lives.
The Finland Futures Research Centre of the University of Turku works with a transdisciplinary approach to research the challenges and possibilities of sustainable future. According to project researcher Nicolas Balcom Raleigh, to be able to fight against climate change, we need the ability to see new scenarios in the future and innovate new ideas.
Jukka Kola, who began his term as the Rector of the University of Turku in early August, wants to navigate the University of Turku towards even higher quality in its main missions, research and education. – Only this way we can succeed and make an impact – make our country and the world a better place, Kola says.
The Finnish welfare system is a success story enjoying global admiration. However, there is one central deficit in the current welfare system: it does not sufficiently help families with accumulated disadvantages. The goal of the INVEST project’s researchers is to build a Welfare State 2.0 in which disadvantages are tackled with targeted interventions.
The materials scientists of the University of Turku solve industrial challenges and expand our understanding of the properties of materials. In his research, University Research Fellow Pekka Laukkanen concentrates especially on semiconductors. Researchers at the Materials Research Laboratory create new solutions for future industry.