Contact Information

Haartmaninkatu 8 (P.O.BOX 63)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel. exchange +358-2941 911
Fax. +358-2941 25302

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The research focus of NeuroMedUH is at revealing biomedical background of selected neurological and psychiatric illnesses. NeuroMedUH has an emphasis on clinically relevant questions and with that aims to create basic knowledge and tools for clinical therapies and diagnosis. The majority of the principal investigators have medical education and with that a profound understanding of clinical problems.

Most of our research topics fall in the category of integrative neuroscience.

Our main research fields are:

  • Pain, analgesia
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Cognition, attention and sleep
  • Addiction

NeuroMedUH has excellent funding record. The members of NeuroMedUH have managed to gather external competitive funding over 10 000 000 euros during the last 5 years (2005-2010). NeuroMedUH is strong in collaborations, both nationally and internationally. Our main national collaborators include National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, TEKES and Aalto University.

Research Groups

Airaksinen group
Mouse models to study of neurobiology KCC2 and LRRTM family proteins
Matti S. Airaksinen, professor

Meilahti Clinical Proteomics Core Facility
Marc Baumann

Neuroscience Unit
Neurophysiology of memory and pain.
Synnöve Carlson, senior lecturer, Academy research fellow

Developmental neurobiology
Molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders
Maija Castrén, MD, PhD/Docent, Finnish Academy Clinical research fellow

Neurobiology of Addiction
Changes in brain functional activity during chronic exposure to drugs of abuse
Petri Hyytiä, Ph.D., Docent, Principal Investigator

Neurobiological basis of alcohol and drug addiction, mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs
Esa Korpi, professor

Linden neuropharmacology group
Metabotropic glutamate receptors in modulation of cognition and emotions.
Anni-Maija Linden, PhD/Docent, senior lecturer, principal investigator

Neuronal signaling and disturbed organelle functions in brain diseases
Dan Lindholm, professor

Pertti Panula Group
Histamine in the nervous system, neuropeptides and zebrafish as a model organism
Pertti Panula, professor

Neurophysiology of chronic pain and its treatment
Plasticity in pain modulatory pathways contributing to long-lasting pain.
Antti Pertovaara, professor

Rauhala Group
The role of glial cells in pain modulation
Pekka Rauhala, senior lecturer  and  Eija Kalso, professor

Sleep Team Helsinki
Neural mechanisms of sleep and sleep debt.
Tarja Stenberg (Porkka-Heiskanen), senior lecturer, Academy research fellow