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

Ota yhteyttä


Lasten infektiosairaudet
respiratory syncytial -virus


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).


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.


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.



Global molecular diversity of RSV - the "INFORM RSV" study (2020)

BMC Infectious Diseases
Langedijk AC, Lebbink RJ, Naaktgeboren C, Evers A, Viveen MC, Greenough A, Heikkinen T, Stein RT, Richmond P, Martinon-Torres F, Nunes M, Hosoya M, Keller C, Bauck M, Cohen R, Papenburg J, Pernica J, Hennus MP, Jin H, Tabor DE, Tovchigrechko A, Ruzin A, Abram ME, Wilkins D, Wildenbeest JG, Kragten-Tabatabaie L, Coenjaerts FEJ, Esser MT, Bont LJ, Bont LJ
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Global burden of respiratory infections associated with seasonal influenza in children under 5 years in 2018: a systematic review and modelling study (2020)

Lancet Global Health
Wang X, Li Y, O'Brien KL, Madhi SA, Widdowson MA, Byass P, Omer SB, Abbas Q, Ali A, Amu A, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Bassat Q, Brooks WA, Chaves SS, Chung A, Cohen C, Echavarria M, Fasce RA, Gentile A, Gordon A, Groome M, Heikkinen T, Hirve S, Jara JH, Katz MA, Khuri-Bulos N, Krishnan A, de Leon O, Lucero MG, McCracken JP, Mira-Iglesias A, Moisi JC, Munywoki PK, Ourohire M, Polack FP, Rahi M, Rasmussen ZA, Rath BA, Saha SK, Simoes EAF, Sotomayor V, Thamthitiwat S, Treurnicht FK, Wamukoya M, Yoshida LM, Zar HJ, Campbell H, Nair H; Respiratory Virus Global Epidemiology Network
(A2 Katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikauslehdessä)