Terho Heikkinen profiilikuva
Terho
Heikkinen
professori, Lastentautioppi
Professor of Paediatrics, MD, PhD
Lasten hengitystieinfektiot; RESCEU (EU/IMI-rahoitettu projekti 2017-2021); INFORM-tutkimus

Ota yhteyttä

Asiantuntijuusalueet

Lasten infektiosairaudet
hengitystieinfektiot
hengitystievirukset
rokotukset
influenssa
respiratory syncytial -virus
korvatulehdukset

Biografia

Professor Terho Heikkinen graduated from the Medical School at the University of Turku in 1984, where he also specialized in Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases. He defended his thesis on Development and prevention of acute otitis media in children in 1994. Having received the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Award, he worked in 1996-1998 as a post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, USA. Subsequently, he worked as a Senior Clinical Researcher and Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Turku. Since 2016, he has been Professor of Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku.

During the years, Terho Heikkinen has served as the chairman or a board member of several international and domestic societies in the field of paediatric infectious diseases, including the President of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is currently a board member of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI), a scientific advisory board and executive committee member of the global Respiratory Syncytial Virus Network (ReSViNET), and the chairman of the Nordic Research Network for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (NORDPID).

Opetus

Since 1999, Terho Heikkinen has worked as a full-time teacher of paediatrics at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Turku. He is also responsible for the organization of the biannual International Course of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine for international Erasmus students. He has given 188 invited lectures at various international and domestic academic meetings.

Tutkimus

Terho Heikkinen´s major research interest lies in respiratory infections, especially those caused by influenza or respiratory syncytial viruses. In year 2000, he founded his own research group and initiated a long-term research project on respiratory virus infections in children, including the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and overall societal impact of these infections and their complications.

Terho Heikkinen has been actively involved in international research collaboration. In 2014, he was a founding member of ReSViNET, a global respiratory syncytial virus research network. He is also a principal investigator in RESCEU (Respiratory syncytial virus consortium in Europe) that in 2017 received 5-year EU/IMI funding for research on the burden of respiratory syncytial virus infections in Europe. He was also a founding member of the Nordic Research Network for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (NORDPID) that was established in 2018.

Julkaisut

Järjestä:

Presumed Risk Factors and Biomarkers for Severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus Disease and Related Sequelae: Protocol for an Observational Multicenter, Case-Control Study From the Respiratory Syncytial Virus Consortium in Europe (RESCEU) (2020)

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Jefferies K, Drysdale SB, Robinson H, Clutterbuck EA, Blackwell L, McGinley J, Lin GL, Galal U, Nair H, Aerssens J, Oner D, Langedijk A, Bont L, Wildenbeest JG, Martinon-Torres F, Sanchez CRT, Nadel S, Openshaw P, Thwaites R, Widjojoatmodjo M, Zhang LN, Nguyen TLA, Giaquinto C, Giordano G, Baraldi E, Pollard AJ; RESCEU Investigators
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Influenssavirukset (2020)

Ilkka Julkunen, Terho Heikkinen
(D2 Artikkeli ammatillisessa kokoomateoksessa)