News 2003-2006

DECEMBER 26th, 2006
Our next interaction article was published in open access peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. Pertti Happonen et al: Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Gene Polymorphism Modifies the Effect of Coffee Intake on Incidence of Acute Coronary Events. PloS ONE 2006;1:e117.


NOVEMBER 16th, 2006
More results about EU-founded Eurolive study: Anja Machowetz et al: Effect of olive oils on biomarkers of oxidative DNA stress in Northern and Southern Europeans. FASEB J. 2007;21:45-52.


OCTOBER 5th, 2006
The IgNobel 2006 ceremony was held at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. Quite an event... There were real Nobel price winners, such as last year's Physics price winner Roy Glauber and 1976 Chemistry price winner William Lipscombe. Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, was one of the 24/7 lecturers. That means 24 seconds to give a lecture about your research topic in technical terms and then in seven words give a clear, accurate summary. Every now and then hundreds of paper airplanes were dropped from the balcony on the VIP guests who were sitting on the stage. And then swept away with brooms for another drop...















The 2006 IgNobel price winner of the Nutrition price was Wasmia Al-Houty of Kuwait University and Faten Al-Mussalam of the Kuwait Environment Public Authority. The abstract of their research paper states: "Adult dung beetles, Scarabaeus cristatus, consume the fluid components of dung and bury whole dung as food for their larvae. When dung from three herbivorous animals, horse, camel and sheep, was offered, the beetles preferred the more fluid horse dung to the others. Sheep dung was preferred to the camel dung. The dungs of two carnivores, dog and fox, were also accepted but to a lesser extent than the herbivore dung." Congratulations to the winners!


Article about coffee consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus was published in American Journal of Epidemiology. Nina P. Paynter, Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Sari Voutilainen, Maria Ines Schmidt, Gerardo Heiss, Aaron R Folsom, Frederick L Brancati, WH Linda Kao. Coffee and Sweetened Beverage Consumption and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. American Journal of Epidemiology  2006;164:1075-84.

Results of the Eurolive Study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine; Maribel Covas et al. The effect of polyphenols in olive oil on heart disease risk factors: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2006;14:333-41.

New book about Sports nutrition has been published. Jaska is one of the writers.












AUGUST 2006, our recent publications
Results of the FENOLI-study: Anna Nurmi et al: Consumption of Juice Fortified with Oregano Extract Markedly Increases Excretion of Phenolic Acids but Lacks Short- and Long-Term Effects on Lipid Peroxidation in Healthy Nonsmoking Men. J Agric Food Chem 2006;54:5790-5796.

Anna Nurmi et al: Ingestion of Oregano Extract Increases Excretion of Urinary Phenolic Metabolites in Humans. J Agric Food Chem 2006;54:6916-23.

Review article: Sari Voutilainen et al: Carotenoids and cardiovascular health. Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83:1265-71.

Results of the KIHD study: Jyrki Virtanen et al: High dietary methionine intake increases the risk of acute coronary events in middle-aged men. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2006;16:113-20.

Review article in Finnish: Tommi Tolmunen et al: Ravinto ja mielialahäiriöt. Duodecim 2006;122:791-8.
Review article: Jyrki Virtanen et al: Mercury as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. J Nutr Biochem  2007;18:75-85.









MARCH 2-5, 2006

Jyrki attented 46th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention held in Phoenix, Arizona. He presented poster High Mercury-to-Selenium Ratio in the Body Increases 15-year Mortality.


FEBRUARY 24, 2006

35th anniversary of the Research Institute of Public Health. Open hours and scientific mini-symposium. Welcome!


JANUARY 13, 2006

One long and detail PhD work end when MD Tomi-pekka Tuomainen succesfully defended his doctoral thesis Body Iron, Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease (Elimistön rauta ateroskleroosin ja sydäninfarktin vaaratekijänä).



Radio Kantti presented a program serial about obesity, which is based on Jaska's interview (in Finnish). Hyvän elämän eväät –luentosarjassa terveystieteiden maisteri, ravitsemusterapeutti Jaakko Mursu Kuopion yliopistosta pyrkii ohjaamaan kuulijansa pysyvään, elinikäiseen painonhallintaan.



Jyrki will spend the next two years in professor Erik Rimm's group at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA.


AUGUST12, 2005

Jyrki succesfully defended his doctoral thesis Homocysteine, folate and cardiovascular diseases (Homokysteiini, folaatti ja sydän- ja verisuonitaudit). Professor Pekka Jousilahti from National Health Institute, Helsinki was the opponent and Dr. Sari Voutilainen the custodian. Congratulations and thanks for a very nice doctoral party, it was first time when polices participated!

Jyrki's article "Serum homocysteine, folate and risk of stroke: Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) Study" was published in European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation 2005;4:369-75.


JUNE 1, 2005

Our collaboration project "Antioxidant activity, metabolism and health effects of foods" (METELI) with the Finnish technology agency (Tekes), University of Helsinki and food industry has finished. Main results of the project are presented in the final meeting of the project and as a poster in Tekes's meeting.


APRIL 2005

Jaska was hired as a nutrition expert of KUPS, a traditional football team of Kuopio.
Jyrki presented a poster on mercury and heart diseases in FASEB meeting in San Diego.


MARCH 2005

Jaakko's article Polyphenol-rich phloem enhances the resistance of total serum lipids to oxidation in men" was published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2005;20;53:3017-22.
Jyrki’s next article Homocysteine as a risk factor for CVD mortality in men with other CVD risk factors" was published in Journal of Internal Medicine 2005;257:255-62.

Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) Study's 20-year examinations have started.











Tommi Tolmunen succesfully defended his doctoral thesis Depression, B vitamins and homocysteine, congratulations!












Tommi's publications on serum folate and homocysteine were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Those were the last unpublished articles from Tommi's doctoral thesis.

Miss Finland 2005 was crowned. That day was also the 45th anniversary of the crowning of Miss Finland Tarja Nurmi the second time in a row! Finnish people often recognize the similarity of our chemist and a beauty queen from early 60's, but now it has also been noticed overseas.







Jyrki was invited by the Physicians for Social Responsibility to give a presentation about mercury and CVD in Washington.

Jaakko's (et al.) article "The effects of coffee consumption on lipid peroxidation and plasma total homocysteine concentrations: a clinical trial" was published in the Free Radical Biology & Medicine.



The article by Jyrki (et al.) "Mercury, fish oils, and risk of acute coronary events and cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality in men in eastern Finland" was published in the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2005;25:228-33.


NOVEMBER 1, 2004

Jaakko's (et al.) article "Dark chocolate consumption increases HDL cholesterol concentration and chocolate fatty acids may inhibit lipid peroxidation in healthy humans" was published in the Free Radical Biology & Medicine 2004;37:1351-9.


OCTOBER 24, 2004

We have a new junior member in our group! Anu had a healthy baby boy, Aapo. Congratulations!








Pertti Happonen's (et al.) article "Coffee drinking is dose-dependently related to the risk of acute coronary events in middle-aged men" was published in the Journal of Nutrition 2004;134:2381-6.



Sari's (et al.) article "Serum folate and homocysteine and the incidence of acute coronary events: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study" was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004;80:317-23. Editorial about the subject in the same issue is here.

Jaska participated in the XXII International Conference on Polyphenols in Helsinki, Finland. His presentation was "Effects of meal composition on postprandial serum lipids and lipid peroxidation in healthy men: preliminary results from a clinical trial".


JUNE 17-19, 2004

3rd Nordic Conference in Epidemiology was held here in the University of Kuopio. Conference participants came from 18 countries. The most distant attendee was from Chile. Here are some photos from the post-congress boat trip in the Lake Kallavesi to the Timberjack's lodge, where everyone could enjoy from smoke sauna with a swim in a cold lake, good food and live music.
































MAY 28, 2004

Tarja will defended her doctoral thesis High performance liquid chromatography and coulometric electrode array detection: analysis methods for biological samples containing lignans and isoflavonoids at 12 AM at the Mikroteknia auditorium, University of Kuopio. The opponent was Dr Peter Hollman from University of Wageningen. Congratulations Tarja!  


MAY 1, 2004

Hauskaa vappua! Have a nice first of May!









APRIL 26, 2004

Sari will be back home from her trip to North Carolina.


MARCH 18-19, 2004

The warmest congratulations to the 20-year old Department of Clinical Nutrition! Tiina, Anu, Jaakko and Jyrki attended the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Department of Clinical Nutrition, each having a poster presentation.



Sari has been re-elected as the Treasurer of the Finnish Epidemiological Society.

Collaboration with the University of Newcastle, UK. Mr. Abdulbaset Nagah from the research group of Dr. Chris Seal is visiting our lab. He is practising analytical methods for lignans as part of his PhD studies. Tarja is supervising him.
MARCH 3-6, 2004

Sari, Tiina and Jyrki will attend the American Heart Association's 44th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in San Francisco.


NOVEMBER 18, 2003

You can meet Tarja and Jaakko next time at the 1st International Conference on Polyphenols and Health in Vichy, France, November 18-21, 2003. You are invited to visit Tarja's posters and challenge her into scientific discussion. You can check the topic of the poster from our list of abstracts.


OCTOBER 29, 2003

Sari will spend the next six months in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina.


OCTOBER 2, 2003

Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded at the gala ceremony in Harvard's Sanders Theatre. Unfortunately we were not on the winners' list. We will do our best again next year!


OCTOBER 1, 2003

Our first article about the effect of nutrition in the development of depression has been published! Way to go, Tommi! Remember to eat vegetables and fruits.  Dietary folate and depressive symptoms are associated in middle-aged Finnish men. J Nutr. 2003;133:3233-6.


JUNE 14, 2003

Tiina woke up as a brand new PhD. Congratulations, Tiina!

Here is Tiina's doctoral thesis: Association of lycopene and dietary intake of fruits, berries and vegetables with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. Epidemiologic evidence. (Lykopeenin sekä hedelmien, marjojen ja kasvisten käytön yhteys ateroskleroosiin ja sydän- ja verisuonitautitapahtumien riskiin, epidemiologinen näyttö).