Brain researchers from Turku share a strong passion for research and an ability to utilise state-of-the-art technology. PET imaging has provided a window into brain mechanisms, e.g. the principles of addiction or the progress of multiple sclerosis. Brain research is connected to the research and practice of patient care at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital. This enables the researchers to have a firm grasp on what kind of research can help the patients and allows the quick utilisation of newly acquired expertise.
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In addition to human tragedy, the global corona crisis has been a significant disruption that has altered the course of development in many aspects in Finland, as well as out in the world. Disruption refers to a new innovation or phenomenon that functions as an incentive for extensive alterations in social, economic, or technological development.
In the spring 2021, the University of Turku will establish the Faculty of Technology. The new degree programmes of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will support the University’s multidisciplinary field and prepare experts for the changing needs of professional life.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr Ángel García de Lucas has received Marie Curie Fellowship for the project GABARPET with the objective to gain deeper insight on the biology of schizophrenia.
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.
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.