Brain Research Unit

Brain Research Unit

The Brain Research Unit is a part of the Clinical Research Center that is committed to conducting high quality research in clinical science and in drug development in collaboration with local, national and international research groups and pharmaceutical industry.

The unit works in close collaboration with laboratories of  the Neurology of University of Eastern Finland and University Hospital as well as other research units in the Clinical Research Center.

The Brain Research Unit has 20 years experience and active national and international networks.

Our primary area of know-how is biomarker research and clinical drug research, diagnostics, prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular disorders.

The unit has excellent facilities and previous experience in studying the mechanisms of drugs in various model systems as well as in the preclinical phase, in studying the genetics and risk factors of complex diseases in large population-based cohorts, in developing biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases and in conducting large-scale clinical trials.

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Merja Hallikainen, LT
Research director, clinical drug research
merja.hallikainen (at)

Pekka Jäkälä
Professor, stroke research
pekka.jakala (at)

Anne Koivisto
Professor, memory diseases
anne.koivisto (at)

Reetta Kälviäinen
Professor, epilepsy research
reetta.kalviainen (at)