28 April 2020
Public (virtual) examination of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral dissertation of Timo Pekkala, Master of Science (Technology) and Licentiate of Medicine, entitled Multimodal prediction of dementia and brain pathology, will be examined at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Opponent in the public examination will be Professor Lefkos Middleton of Imperial College London, and the Custos will be Associate Professor Alina Solomon of the University of Eastern Finland. The public examination will be held in English.
Link to thesis:  Pekkala, Timo. Multimodal Prediction of Dementia and Brain Pathology


26-27.3.2020, Kuopio Epilepsy Symposium, virtual symposium


Healthy ageing with an online coach
"Older people can improve their lifestyle and adopt healthier behaviours with the support of an online coach. This can help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. An international group of researchers, led by the Amsterdam University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and including the Clinical Research Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Neurology, at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), has reported these findings today in The Lancet Digital Health."

Common brain disorders accelerate brain ageing
"The University of Eastern Finland participated in the study by contributing data collected in the EU-funded AddNeuroMed study. Collected in Kuopio, the dataset included persons with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, as well as healthy controls.
This study is a good example of the possibilities provided by extensive international datasets and modern computational methods,” Professor Hilkka Soininen from the University of Eastern Finland notes. "

25.10. BM Kasper Katisko - Dissertation, Neurology
Time 12:00, location  Snellmania, auditorio SN201. Dissertation is in finnish.
BM Kasper Katisko's thesis title is "Alterations of Immune System Function in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration – Emphasis on Comorbidities and Peripheral Inflammatory Markers" .
Opponent: Adjunct professor Susanna Melkas, University ot Helsinki.
Custos: Professor Anne Remes, University of Oulu.

Baltic Summer School  (by the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland) replies to an urgent need for behavioural expertise

WHO releases guidelines for dementia prevention with help from the Nordic Brain Network
"The WHO is releasing, for the first time, Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive declines and dementia. The Nordic Brain Network led by Professor Miia Kivipelto provided a major contribution to the development and definition of the guidelines."


Abstract book -  8th Kuopio Stroke Symposium, 2019


World Stroke Day 29.10.2018
"Around 80 million people living in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50m survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result. While for many, life after stroke won’t be quite the same, with the right care and support living a meaningful life is still possible. As millions of stroke survivors show us every day, it is possible to get #UpAgainAfterStroke."


UEF researchers acknowledged on World Alzheimer's Day
"September 21st of each year is World Alzheimer’s Day, when organisations all over the world focus on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. This September the work of two UEF researchers was acknowledged in both Finland and Sweden....": Professor Miia Kivipelto and Academy of Finland Research Fellow Alina Solomon


Two UEF researchers receive ERC Starting Grant
...including our Academy Research Fellow Alina Solomon, for research project bringing new insights into the multimodal, personalized dementia prevention. The grantees are awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of five years.


 8th Kuopio Alzheimer Symposium, Kuopio, Finland, June 6-8, 2018
Abstract book

e-Health can support healthy ageing and help preventing cardiovascular disease and dementia in elderly people
"An innovative e-Health solution, based on an interactive Internet platform, has been developed to support senior citizens in improving their lifestyle to prevent cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers from the HATICE trial presented the solution in a pre-press article published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 62(2)."


Dissertation // 2 March, 2018: 
Lili Cui, MD: Safety and homing of intracarotidly delivered mesenchymal stem cells for treating ischemic stroke


Preparations for Finnish Centre for Neurosciences begin
The network is coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland, which has set up a working group to prepare the establishment, operating model, activities and piloting of the Finnish Centre for Neurosciences. The working group is chaired by professor Hilkka Soininen.


Therapeutic strategies based on brain plasticity  - Nordic-Chinese brainstorming meeting
September 11-12. 2017, Shanghai
Nordic Centre and NSFC funded meeting gathered together 40 scientists from Nordic countries and China to discuss brain repair as a possible option to treat diseases with no proper therapy such as stroke.

Finland paves way for memory disorder prevention research
The Finnish FINGER* trial aiming at the prevention of memory disorders provides a leading role model for several new studies carried out around the world. The newly founded World Wide FINGERS (WW-FINGERS) network comprises leading researchers in the field, seeking to find novel approaches to prevent memory disorders based on the promising findings from the FINGER trial. The University of Eastern Finland is one of the main contributors to the FINGER study, which is the first large randomised controlled trial showing that lifestyle interventions can be used to prevent cognitive decline.

Nordic Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology & Kuopio Epilepsy Symposium 2017  (abstract book - pdf)


New tool to help predict dementia risk in older people
A machine learning method analyzing large amounts of health information has potential in assessing the risk of cognitively healthy older people for later dementia, according to research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The new risk assessment tool also presents the individual risk profile in a quickly interpretable visual form.
“The results of our study are very promising, as it is the first time this machine learning approach was used for estimating dementia risk in a cognitively normal general population,” says the lead researcher, Alina Solomon, MD, PhD, from the University of Eastern Finland. 

Miia Kivipelto receives MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Soprano keeps singing - despite stroke Singing at the opening ceremony of 7th Kuopio Stroke Symposium, Soprano Kaisa Makkonen is an example of what good treatment and rehabilitation can do for stroke patients today. Having a stroke no longer necessarily means that one has to bury life-long dreams and go into retirement.

7th Kuopio Stroke Symposium - Program and abstracts

Medical food helped conserve memory in people with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease
"Professor Hilkka Soininen, Professor in Neurology MD, PhD from the University of Eastern Finland, who headed the clinical trial as part of the LipiDiDiet project, said: "Today's results are extremely valuable as they bring us closer to understanding the impact of nutritional interventions on prodromal AD which we are now better at diagnosing but unable to treat due to a lack of approved pharmaceutical options."

"An EU funded trial has found that Souvenaid really does stop the brains of Alzheimer's patients from shrinking" - news from The Telegraph


Significant Horizon 2020 funding for testing cell therapy in stroke patients
"For the first time in the world, a research project funded by the EU will explore the efficacy of cell therapy in stroke patients. The University of Eastern Finland, the University of Tampere and the Kuopio-based CRO Medfiles Ltd. are involved in the RESSTORE consortium that has been awarded 6.3 million euros of Horizon 2020 funding to study adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells in stroke patients."

Nordic Brain Network (NBN) is a research team and collaborative forum. The NBN has increased the resources available to the field of Alzheimer's disease research and promoted collaboration among Nordic countries, with its members primarily working in Sweden and Finland.

Professor Miia Kivipelto was awarded with this year´s Waijlit and Eric Forsgren's prize for distinguished Alzheimer's Researchers
Professor Kivipelto is engaged in various projects related to dementia risk factors and dementia prevention, including the European multinational MIND-AD prevention project, which will start 2016.



New approaches to finding treatments for Alzheimer's disease
"The Finnish breakthrough study demonstrating the efficiency of lifestyle counselling and risk factor management in the prevention of memory disorders will be followed by a new intervention, said Professor Miia Kivipelto, speaking in the 7th Kuopio Alzheimer Symposium."