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!
I have been investigating the mechanisms of puberty since 1995. At that time (when I was 25) I couldn't imagine even in my wildest dreams that one day I'd be generating the key cells of puberty on a cell culture dish. But this is exactly what happened. (Read more)
After a young researcher has defended his/her thesis, a critical question is what to do next. For an MD, PhD this is in many cases related to clinical training, whether the researcher already has a clinical speciality or whether he/she should either complete or start his/her clinical training. Another option may be to continue with research in the same research group, to switch to another local research group or to start to look for a postdoc position abroad. The readiness of young Finnish researchers to go abroad for a postdoc period has definitely decreased over the last 20-30 years, although the outlook for financial support for such a step has actually increased with one exception. Previously the universities had the possibility to pay part-time salary to clinical lecturers, who went abroad for a postdoc period provided that the researcher committed to stay as a clinical lecturer for twice the time he/she spent abroad. On the other hand several foundations, including the Pediatric Research Foundation, nowadays have special funds allocated to support foreign postdoc periods. (Read more)
Recently, a friend of mine asked what I imagine doing in twenty years. This question made me dream of new techniques to fully understand the developing human brain and how it works, and of innovations to protect the newborn brain and enhance plasticity. The reality is still far behind. (Read more)
Children's Hospital has a long tradition of carrying on successful research. Although many of the clinically relevant research questions are produced by the experienced senior clinicians, the people who actually carry on the majority of our research are young investigators preparing their thesis works. (Read more)
Until these days I’ve thought that ORCID is a misspelled flower. During the last few weeks I’ve however learnt what ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) in the science world means. It is a nonprofit organization devoted to “solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating an online, searchable database of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes” (http://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid/mission). Simplified said it is a researcher’s social security number. (Read more)