The objective of the funding granted by the Academy of Finland to Academy Professors is to provide internationally recognised scholars with an opportunity to carry out full-time academic research. Academy Professors are expected to significantly advance scientific research and to develop creative research environments.
Academy Professors of the University of Eastern Finland
Seppo Ylä-Herttuala: Biomedicine, clinical medicine
Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala is one of the world's leading gene therapy researchers. He is one of the few scientists who have been able to put his results to the test in late stage clinical trials. Ylä-Herttuala's studies are aimed at discovering new treatments for severe cardiac ischemia and malignant brain tumours. They are based on completely novel methods, i.e. epigene therapy, vectors that are target-integrated into the genome, and antibody-producing gene transfer constructs that may have application in other medical fields, too. Seppo Ylä-Herttuala is also group leader in the Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease funded by the Academy of Finland. He has been appointed for a third term as an Academy Professor from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020.
Professor Ylä-Herttuala's Molecular Medicine Research Group
(Source: Academy of Finland)