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2021

New algorithm for the diagnostics of dementia
A top-level international research team including researchers from the University of Eastern Finland has developed a new algorithm for the diagnostics of dementia. The algorithm is based on blood and cerebrospinal fluid biomarker measurements. These biomarkers can be used to aid setting of an exact diagnosis already in the early phases of dementia.

2020

Professor Miia Kivipelto wins the 2020 Ryman Prize
The award recognises Professor Kivipelto’s more than 20 years of research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

11 December 2020
Public (virtual) examination of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral dissertation of Antti Cajanus, Med Lic, entitled Diagnostic Brain Imaging and Blood Biomarkers for Early Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration, was examined at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Opponent in the public examination was Professor Juha Rinne  of the University of Turku, and the Custos was Professor Anne Remes of the University of Oulu.
Link to thesis: Antti Cajanus: Diagnostic Brain Imaging and Blood Biomarkers for Early Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration

23 October 2020
Public (virtual) examination of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral dissertation of Anna Rosenberg, Master of Science, entitled Dementia prevention in at-risk individuals: Focus on selection and engagement of target populations, was examined at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Opponent in the public examination was Professor John O’Brien of the University of Cambridge, and the Custos was Professor Miia Kivipelto of the University of Eastern Finland and the Karolinska Institute.
Link to thesis: Anna Rosenberg: Dementia prevention in at-risk individuals: Focus on selection and engagement of target populations

Eino Solje receives invitation to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
“Research Director Eino Solje, MD, PhD, from the University of Eastern Finland has been invited to the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Organised in Germany every year, the meeting provides a platform for interaction between Nobel Laureates, talented young researchers and different disciplines.”

31 July 2020
Public (virtual) examination of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral dissertation of Ruth Stephen, Master of Public Health, entitled The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to prevent cognitive impairment and disability (FINGER): findings from the structural brain MRI sub-study, was examined at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Opponent in the public examination was Professor Robert Perneczky of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, and the Custos was Associate Professor Alina Solomon of the University of Eastern Finland.
Link to thesis: Stephen, Ruth: The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to prevent cognitive impairment and disability (FINGER): findings from the structural brain MRI sub-study.

28 April 2020
Public (virtual) examination of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral dissertation of Timo Pekkala, Master of Science (Technology) and Licentiate of Medicine, entitled Multimodal prediction of dementia and brain pathology, was examined at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Opponent in the public examination was Professor Lefkos Middleton of Imperial College London, and the Custos was Associate Professor Alina Solomon of the University of Eastern Finland.
Link to thesis:  Pekkala, Timo. Multimodal Prediction of Dementia and Brain Pathology

26-27.3.2020
Kuopio Epilepsy Symposium, virtual symposium

2019

Healthy ageing with an online coach
“Older people can improve their lifestyle and adopt healthier behaviours with the support of an online coach. This can help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and dementia. An international group of researchers, led by the Amsterdam University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and including the Clinical Research Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Neurology, at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), has reported these findings today in The Lancet Digital Health.”

Common brain disorders accelerate brain ageing
“The University of Eastern Finland participated in the study by contributing data collected in the EU-funded AddNeuroMed study. Collected in Kuopio, the dataset included persons with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, as well as healthy controls. This study is a good example of the possibilities provided by extensive international datasets and modern computational methods,” Professor Hilkka Soininen from the University of Eastern Finland notes.”

25 November 2019
BM Kasper Katisko – Dissertation, Neurology
BM Kasper Katisko’s thesis title isAlterations of Immune System Function in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration – Emphasis on Comorbidities and Peripheral Inflammatory Markers” . Opponent: Adjunct professor Susanna Melkas, University of Helsinki. Custos: Professor Anne Remes, University of Oulu.
Link to thesis: Katisko, Kasper: Alterations of Immune System Function in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration – Emphasis on Comorbidities and Peripheral Inflammatory Markers

Baltic Summer School  (by the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland) replies to an urgent need for behavioural expertise

WHO releases guidelines for dementia prevention with help from the Nordic Brain Network
“The WHO is releasing, for the first time, Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive declines and dementia. The Nordic Brain Network led by Professor Miia Kivipelto provided a major contribution to the development and definition of the guidelines.”

June 5-7, 2019
Abstract book –  8th Kuopio Stroke Symposium