Other Research Organizations
Folkhälsan Research Center was founded in 1996 by Samfundet Folkhälsan i svenska Finland r.f. and Folkhälsan Research Foundation. The Center conducts medical research and engages in research and teaching cooperation with the University of Helsinki on the basis of a separate agreement. The Research Center is divided into three units. The research performed by the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Genetics aims at determining the molecular background of hereditary diseases. The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, and Cancer focuses especially on examining the significance of plant estrogens for preventing chronic diseases that typically afflict the population of Western countries. The Diabetics Research Program studies the genetic background of the pathogenesis and complications related to juvenile- and adult-onset diabetes.
The Department of Molecular Medicine conducts biochemical, cell biological and genetic research on diseases which are endemic in Finland. The aim of this research is to increase the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of these diseases, to determine the basis of predisposing genes and to develop diagnostics and new treatment methods.
The rapid breakthrough of genome research has opened a new world of knowledge and provided new analytical tools for scientists. The effective utilization of this information poses a great educational and methodological challenge for the Department of Molecular Medicine.
The Department's research is connected to key areas defined in the strategy of the National Public Health Institute, which include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, various psychiatric diseases and diseases related to the Finnish disease heritage. The Department is increasingly directing its resources to training investigators in areas that will prove important in terms of national health.
The Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research is a private research laboratory maintained by the Minerva Foundation. The Institute employs about 30 persons, including researchers, graduate students and support staff. Research is conducted on the following five areas: clinical physiology, diabetes, nephrology, cell physiology and biochemistry.