Neurobiology of Disease
// Current activities


  • January: Kick-off meeting for our JPND project ADAIR taking place on 14.-16.1.2020 in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic.
  • January: Liudmila Saveleva receives a travel grant from the rector at UEF to attend the FENS meeting.


  • December: We are coordinating the JPND multinational research project ADAIR on personalized medicine for neurodegenerative diseases.
  • September: We are happy to partner the H2020 project Equal-Life, which investigates the exposome and children/adolescent mental health.
  • September: Riikka Lampinen obtains funding from the Doctoral Progam of Molecular Medicine at UEF. Great job!
  • September: Mariia Ivanova joins the group. Welcome!
  • September: Katja Kanninen is presenting the latest results of the air pollution work at IPTC 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. Read more at
  • September: Liudmila Saveleva is presenting her work at the young scientist forum of the IPTC 2019 conference.
  • July: Irina Belaya is presenting her work at the Glial Cell Conference in Porto, Portugal.
  • June: We are presenting our work at the Nordic Neuroscience meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
  • June: Katja Kanninen is speaking at the Glia Symposium at the Nordic Neuroscience meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
  • June: We are organizing international course "Air Pollution and the Brain" on 18.-19.6.2019. Read more on our web-page.
  • April: We are attending the FENS conference: Understanding and Targeting Alzheimer’s disease in Denmark.
  • May: Sweelin Chew is presenting her work at the Annual Symposium of Finnish Society of Toxicology in Kuopio, Finland.
  • May: We start the Horizon2020 funded project TUBE: Transport derived ultrafines and their brain effects.
  • February: Katja Kanninen is speaking at the UEF Research Day on Air pollution and Brain Health.
  • January: Sweelin Chew is presenting her work at the Keystone Symposia: Mitochondria in Aging and Age-related Disease in Colorado, USA.


  • October 2018: Mirka Tikkanen joins the group as a laboratory technician
  • September 2018: Riikka Lampinen takes part in teaching children to extract DNA from fruit at the Researcher’s Night event in Matkus, Kuopio.
  • September 2018: Liudmila Saveleva joins the group as an EDUFI student
  • September 2018: Alessandra Varricchio joins the group as an ERASMUS student
  • September 2018: We welcome visiting scientist, Dr. Lezanne Ooi from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • June 2018: We organized a course on Mitochondria and ROS Signaling. Check details at
  • June 2018: Sweelin Chew joins the group as a postdoctoral student
  • May 2018: Katja Kanninen receives funding from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for studying the effects of air pollutants on Alzheimer’s disease. More information at:
  • April-May 2018: We welcome visiting scientist Ratneswary Sutharsan from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia
  • April 2018: Roni Setälä joins the group as an undergraduate student
  • March 2018: Find our latest book chapter on astrocyte mitochondria in Alzheimer’s disease at:
  • February 2018: Riikka Lampinen is awarded a Finnish Cultural Foundation grant for her PhD project.
  • January 2018: Liisi Soppela and Jorge Canas join the group as MSc. degree students.
  • January 2018: Irina Belaya and Dzhessi Rait attend the SynaNet H2020 Symposium in Lisboa, Portugal.


  • December 2017: Katja Kanninen receives funding from the Yrjö Jahnsson Founding for a project deciphering the interplay between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • December 2017: Riikka Lampinen obtains a research grant from the Finnish Brain Foundation for her work on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • November 2017: We participate in ‘Bring your child to work’ day on 24/11 to teach school children about science.
  • September 2017: Dzhessi Rait attends the SynaNet H2020 Summer School in Lancaster University, UK.
  • September 2017: Find the latest publication on neurogenesis at:
  • September 2017: Annika Sorvari joins the group as a researcher. Annika’s research involves work with primary cell cultures and in vivo studies in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • August-October 2017: Riikka Lampinen visits the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia
  • Katja Kanninen and Tarja Malm organized a 2-day course  ‘Glial Cells in Neurodegeneration’ at the University of Eastern Finland on May 16-17, 2017. Please find more information at
  • May 2017: Irina Belaya joins the group as a PhD student.
  • March 2017: Katja Kanninen received project funding from the Sigrid Juselius Foundation.
  • January 2017: Our research is supported by a CIMO grant to Dzhessi Rait.