University of Oulu

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About University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education and one of the largest universities in Finland, with an exceptionally wide academic base. The University of Oulu is embedded in a health and technology ecosystem supporting rapid innovation in the field of personalised and digital medicine. It runs amongst others the i4future and the Health and Biosciences doctoral programmes directly relevant to LongITools.

Role in LongITools

The University of Oulu is responsible for coordinating and managing the LongITools project. It is leading three additional work packages (WP): WP6 which will study the role played by exposure to air and noise pollution and the built environment in adult and older age cardiometabolic health trajectories and co-morbidities; WP10 to allow collaboration within the European Human Exposome Network; and WP11 to monitor the ethical aspects of the project. In addition, the University of Oulu has research activities in work packages 4 and 5.

Cohorts included: Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966, Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986, Biobank Borealis, Finnish Maternity Cohort, Oulu 1935, Oulu 1945.

Professor Sylvain Sebert

Project Coordinator

Sylvain is Professor of life-course epidemiology, He combines expertise in EU project coordination and translational research with a long-lasting interest in delineating the bio-psychosocial interactions associated with the epidemic of obesity from pre-conception until adulthood. He recently managed the H2020 Project DynaHEALTH and is a partner in the LifeCycle, EUCAN-Connect and EarlyCause project. Sylvain is responsible for leading the consortium and ensuring the successful delivery of the project.

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Teija Juola

Project Manager

Teija has expertise in large scale scientific project management (general management tasks, budgetary and financial matters) e.g. EU H2020 projects DynaHEALTH and m-RESIST. She also has an active role in many scientific projects in diverse research activities at the University of Oulu. Teija is responsible for the day to day management of the LongITools project.

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Dr Justiina Ronkainen

Principal Investigator (PI) and WP6 Leader

Justiina is a postdoctoral researcher with a background in experimental research. Her PhD research focused on the molecular mechanisms behind energy metabolism and adipose tissue development. Justiina’s current research interest is on the intrauterine development, epigenetics, metabolism and healthy ageing from the epidemiological point of view.

Rozenn Nedelec

WP11 Leader

Rozenn is a doctoral researcher with a background in experimental research. Her current research focuses on the early determinants of obesity and associated comorbidities. Rozenn is responsible for the ethics work package in the LongITools project.

Miia Halonen

Research Team

Miia is a doctoral researcher with a background in public and global health. Her current research interests include type 2 diabetes and related co-morbidities as clinical outcomes and bio-psychosocial and environmental modelling of type 2 diabetes. Miia is also a member of the coordination team of Women in Global Health Finland, a movement working towards gender equality in Global Health leadership.

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