Personal profile

Description of research and teaching



  • Principal topics: Mechanisms of steroid hormone action, inherited disorders of cholesterol metabolism, molecular genetics of severe cardiac arrhythmias, genetic mechanisms underlying human hypertension
  • Over 300 scientific articles, supervised 17 theses
  • Awards: Lauri Saxen Award 1999, Matti Äyräpää Award 2005


  • Teacher at the University of Helsinki since 1972
  • Instructor, clinical teacher, associate professor, professor
  • Dean of the Faculty of Medicine 2007-2009, Vice-Rector 2010-2013
  • Awards and honors: Lecturer of the Year of the Faculty of Medicine 1995, Teaching Person of the Year of the Faculty of Medicine 2010

Clinical activities:

  • Clinician at the Department of Internal Medicine of the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) since 1978
  • At present: Chief Physician (adjunct position) at HUCH, consulting in diagnostics and treatment of patients with resistant hypertension

Societal interactions:

  • Previous activities: Chairman of the Duodecim Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Duodecim Journal, Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Inspector of the Students´ Nation of the Southern Finland, Chairman of the Boards for FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland), Palmenia and UniSport
  • At present (2014-): Member of the Board of the University of Helsinki, Chairman of the Board of Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, Member of the Board of Paavo Nurmi Foundation

Fields of Science

  • 312 Clinical medicine
  • Endokrinologia
  • Molekyyligenetiikka
  • 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
  • Endocrinology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.