The Folkhälsan Research Center focuses on biomedical and health science research. Altogether 216 original papers and six other publications were published during 2018, a significant fraction of them in high impact journals.
The Folkhälsan Research Center is organized in two Research Programs:
The Genetics Research Program (The Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics; Director Anna-Elina Lehesjoki) operates in the Folkhälsan owned premises in Biomedicum Helsinki on the Meilahti campus of the University of Helsinki.
The Public Health Research Program (Director Johan Eriksson) mainly operates in the Folkhälsan Health Promotion Unit, also located in the Meilahti area.
The number of scientists and other personnel affiliated with the Center is approximately 200.
Experimental gene therapy tripled the lifespan of mice suffering from a severe mitochondrial disease
Diabetic kidney disease is a devastating disease affecting one third of the individuals with diabetes
The Finnish Health in Teens study – Fin-HIT — is a cohort study including approximately 11,000 Finnish adolescents in the age 9-12 years
In the largest-ever family study of migraine we observed that an accumulation of many independent genetic risk variants is the reason why migraine tends to run in families
The research within the group has been focusing on aging from a life-course perspective. Several papers have been published around this theme and in relation to frailty
To meet the challenges of the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, new approaches to healthcare delivery in primary healthcare are needed