AIVI Stem Cell Center
The Stem Cell Center at A.I. Virtanen Institute, Kuopio campus of the University of Eastern Finland uses stem cell technology to develop models for human disease. Our own research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and common neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinsons disease. We also serve as a core unit of the Biocenter Kuopio and provide generation of pluripotent stem cells from material provided by the clients.
Induced pluripotent stem cells, iPSC- cells, have revolutionised the use of patient material in research. iPS-derived cells can serve as models to study human development or pathophysiological mechanisms of diseases. They can also be used in drug trials and lead to development of novel treatments or discovery of biomarkers.
We utilise this technology to generate patient derived cell models for research purposes focusing on neuronal and cardiac disease.
Research Director Riikka Martikainen