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Pediatric Research Center

The Pediatric Research Center currently represents almost 30 research groups carrying out clinical, translational and basic research in pediatrics in the University of Helsinki, Finland. Our mission is to promote research, to communicate the latest research results to physicians, patients and the general public, and to serve as a reference guide for researchers and companies seeking academic collaboration.  We warmly invite students and young physician-scientists to join our growing team!

Postdoctoral research during pediatric residency

I have just entered a 2.5-month research period in the midst of my pediatric residency. During this time, excluding a few night shifts on call, I will be able to concentrate 100% on research. As my current research involves cell culture experiments, I would not be able to do it without these lengthy breaks from clinical work. (Read more)

Research – sine qua non of international children’s hospitals

I just returned from Shanghai where I attended a seminar for children's hospital executives. We discussed our work focusing on how to adapt to the ever increasing pace of change in healthcare. Our host was the chief of Fudan University Children’s Hospital, a brand new remarkable campus for the benefit of Chinese children and, evidently, a new source of China’s national pride. (Read more)

PhD – the "driver’s license" to world of research

After beginning my residency in pediatrics at the Children’s hospital I got fascinated about all the research projects going around. I wanted to learn to do research myself and started considering a PhD degree – the "driver’s license" to research world. I remember the first time I discussed with my future supervisor. He was talking about his previous studies and the future research plans. Although I was quite bewildered, I was fascinated and I knew I wanted to take a trip to the interesting world of science and research. (Read more)

Parenting matters

The human development is amazing. How do small babies learn to walk, speak, behave, to control emotions, to think, and finally become adult social human beings able to love and work? (Read more)

Scandinavian connection

Clinical long-term follow-up studies have been a main research interest of the pediatric surgery department of Helsinki University Children's Hospital for decades. Much of the good international academic reputation of our department is based on these studies that have produced a significant number of PhD-theses. (Read more)