Koskinen TT, et al. Intake of fermented and non-fermented dairy products and risk of incident CHD: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Br J Nutr 2018;29:1-10.

Huuskonen P, et al. Kuopio birth cohort - design of a Finnish joint research effort for identification of environmental and lifestyle risk factors for the wellbeing of the mother and the newborn child. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2018;18:381.

Ruohomäki A, et al. The association between gestational diabetes mellitus and postpartum depressive symptomatology: A prospective cohort study. J Affect Disord 2018;241:263-268.

Brester C, et al. Evolutionary methods for variable selection in the epidemiological modeling of cardiovascular diseases. BioData Min 2018;11:18.

Virtanen H, et al. Intake of Different Dietary Proteins and Risk of Heart Failure in Men: The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Circ Heart Fail 2018;11:e004531.

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Contributions of mean and shape of blood pressure distribution to worldwide trends and variations in raised blood pressure: a pooled analysis of 1018 population-based measurement studies with 88.6 million participants. Int J Epidemiol 2018 doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy016.


JUNE 7, 2018

Sari was the opponent for Tuija Jääskeläinen’s doctoral dissertation (Public Health Importance of Vitamin D : Results from the Population-based Health 2000/2011 ) in Univeristy of Helsinki.


JUNE 6-8, 2018

Maija has a poster presentation at the 8th Kuopio Alzheimer Symposium held in Kuopio, Finland on 6-8 June 2018. Topic: Associations of dietary choline and phosphatidylcholine intakes with risk of incident dementia and with cognitive performance.


MAY 30, 2018

In middle-aged and older men from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), higher protein intake was associated with a small increase in the risk of developing heart failure: (open access).

American Heart Association, heart news: High protein diet associated with small increased heart failure risk in middle-aged men.


MAY 1, 2018

Maija Ylilauri, MSc, clinical nutritionist (in 2019) has started her PhD research in our group. Maija is investigating the impact of dietary factors on the development of dementia and other memory disorders. Her first paper about egg and cholesterol intakes and risk of incident dementia was published in 2017 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


APRIL, 2018


Virtanen JK et al. Serum n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of death: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018;107:427-435.

Virtanen JK et al. The associations of serum n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids with serum C-reactive protein in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018;72:342-348.

Bertone-Johnson ER et al. Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Levels and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Older Postmenopausal Women. Am J Epidemiol. 2018;187:16-26.

Vidgren M, et al. Serum Concentrations of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Depression in a General Middle-Aged to Elderly Population in Finland. J Nutr Health Aging. 2018;22:159-164.


APRIL, 2018

We would like to thank the following for supporting our work in the year 2017-18:

Finnish Diabetes Research Foundation

Eemil Aaltonen Foundation

Finnish Cultural Foundation

Juho Vainio Foundation

University of Eastern Finland

Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation



First participants ended  5th year of the FIND-study. 



Here are some interviews about our recent studies regarding vitamin D and risk of headache and intake of eggs and cholesterol and risk of dementia and cognitive performance.






Virtanen JK, et al. Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with higher risk of frequent headache in middle-aged and older men.  Scientific Reports 2017;7:39697.

Ylilauri MPT, et al. Association of dietary cholesterol and egg intakes with the risk of incident dementia or Alzheimer disease: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr doi:10.3945/ajcn.116.146753.


NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Billion people have high blood pressure, mostly in poorer countries. The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to more than 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists have said, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing blood pressure in every nation between 1975 and 2015, the scientists say it has dropped sharply in wealthy countries – possibly due to healthier diets and lifestyles – but risen in poorer ones. Led by World Health Organisation researchers working with hundreds of scientists internationally, this study covered blood pressure measurements from nearly 20 million people and was published in the Lancet.


OCTOBER 10, 2016

PhD students MSc, RD Heli Virtanen, MScPHN, nutritionist Masoud Isanejad  and MD, MScPh Olubunmi Olujimisola Olubanwo have been selected to the salary paid PhD student positions in the Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Health Science of UEF. Congratulations!


SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

FIND-study 5th year is starting. One year to go with vitamin D tablets, thank you for all who continue in the study.









AUGUST 31, 2016

August 31. Jyrki has an invited presentation at The 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, 31.8.2016, Belfast, UK. Topic: The long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cognitive performance.



Olubamwo OO, et al. Hepatitis C and risk of coronary atherosclerosis - A systematic review. Public Health 2016;138:12-25.

Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet, according to the largest ever study of height around the world. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). A century of trends in adult human height. Elife 2016:e13410. doi: 10.7554/eLife.13410.

Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research Consortium (FORCe). ω-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Coronary Heart Disease: Pooling Project of 19 Cohort Studies. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176:1155-66.

Tajik B, et al. Associations of the serum long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and hair mercury with heart rate-corrected QT and JT intervals in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Eur J Nutr. 2016 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print]



AUGUST 1, 2016

Jyrki advances to the next level on the UEF tenure track. Congratulations!


JULY 1 2016

Our most recent PhD student MSc, RD Timo Koskinen is about to begin his way to PhD. Timo is studying in his doctoral thesis associations between various dairy products and risk of CVD and type 2 diabetes.



NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19·2 million participants. Lancet 2016;387:1377-96.

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Worldwide trends in diabetes since 1980: a pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies with 4.4 million participants. Lancet 2016;387:1513-30.

Yary T, Voutilainen S, Tuomainen TP, Ruusunen A, Nurmi T, Virtanen JK.Serum n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, Δ5- and Δ6-desaturase activities, and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2016;103:1337-43.

Virtanen JK, Mursu J, Virtanen HE, Fogelholm M, Salonen JT, Koskinen TT, Voutilainen S, Tuomainen TP. Associations of egg and cholesterol intakes with carotid intima-media thickness and risk of incident coronary artery disease according to apolipoprotein E phenotype in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2016;103:895-901.


APRIL 22, 2016

Jyrki was the opponent for Alice Wallin’s doctoral dissertation (Fish consumption in relation to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications) in Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


MARCH, 2016

Terla fish intake study data is put together for the final data analyses. Soon we will know whether we can observe e.g. from serum fatty acids and blood mercury where the fish eaters mainly catch their fishes.



Our group wishes Merry Christmas to all!















Tomi-Pekka, Tarja and Heli participated the annual meeting of AKVA-program in Tuusula, Finland and presented the preliminary results of Terla fish intake study.



MSc, RD Heli Virtanen is starting as a doctoral student in our group. Heli is studying in her doctoral thesis associations between dietary protein and protein sources and risk of CVD and type 2 diabetes.

FIND-study 4rd year is starting.


AUGUST, 2015

PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is visiting us until January 2016.



Anu had a post-doctoral research visit in Deakin University, Australia, where she continued her post-doctoral studies related to dietary interventions in patients with depression as a member of Associate Professor Felice Jacka’s research group.


MAY 1, 2015

Have a nice first of May!


















VitDbol study visits start.



NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Effects of diabetes definition on global surveillance of diabetes prevalence and diagnosis: a pooled analysis of 96 population-based studies with 331,288 participants. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2015;8:624-37.

Tuomainen TP, Virtanen JK, Voutilainen S, Nurmi T, Mursu J, de Mello VD, Schwab U, Hakumäki M, Pulkki K, Uusitupa M. Glucose Metabolism Effects of Vitamin D in Prediabetes: The VitDmet Randomized Placebo-Controlled Supplementation Study. J Diabetes Res 2015;2015:672653.

Virtanen JK, Mursu J, Tuomainen TP, Virtanen HE, Voutilainen S. Egg consumption and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2015;101:1088-96.

The association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 concentration and risk of disease death in men: modification by magnesium intake. Mursu J, Nurmi T, Voutilainen S, Tuomainen TP, Virtanen JK. Eur J Epidemiol 2015;30:343-7.

Saksa N, Neme A, Ryynänen J, Uusitupa M, de Mello VD, Voutilainen S, Nurmi T, Virtanen JK, Tuomainen TP, Carlberg C. Dissecting high from low responders in a vitamin D3 intervention study. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 2015;148:275-82.