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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!

New treatment options for neuromuscular diseases

We really live in a changing world of medicine. Majority of research in medicine aims at seeking new and better treatment options. All neuromuscular diseases are rare diseases, and most of them without specific treatments. Now first medicines for the most common childhood-onset neuromuscular diseases, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy, have become available, and novel therapies have filled the community with hope, but at the same time new questions and concerns have raised – is it safe? Is it really effective? Is it cost-beneficial? Is it ethical? Is it equal? (Read more)

Pediatric Research Center Academic Track Program

Pediatric Research Center Academic Track Program at the Helsinki University Hospital (HUH) is intended for young researchers with MD and PhD degrees, who have a clinical background in the field of pediatrics, pediatric neurology, pediatric surgery or child psychiatry and a long-term interest to combine clinical work and research. Adjunct professors (docents) or professors are not eligible to apply. During 2018, successful applicants will be 50-100% (depending on individual circumstances) involved in research conducted at the Academic Medical Center Helsinki. Applications will be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Nov 24, 2017.

How to apply: The call is open from Oct 24 to Nov 24, 2017. Applications (as a single PDF file) will include

-Abstract (max. 1 page) and Research plan (max. 5 pages + 2 pages references) prepared according to the Academy of Finland guidelines, including a paragraph on career stage

-Applicant’s list of publications with impact factors              

-Applicant’s CV (max. 2 pages)

If you have questions related to technical details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have other questions related to this call, please contact Prof. Taneli Raivio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Novel immunotherapy options for cancer coming of age

Cell therapy has a long track record in medicine dating back to the transfusion of whole blood to wounded soldiers during the Second World War. A couple of decades of cell culture and animal research were required before the medical community felt ready for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation – the next key step in cell therapy. In the late 60’s, this opened a whole new field of therapeutic options for patients with inborn defects of immunity, diseases of hematopoiesis or hematological malignancies. (Read more)

What is effective pediatric surgical research?

Pediatric surgical research tackles with unique challenges. Pediatric surgery encompasses a few common childhood diseases and a surplus of very rare complex congenital anomalies. Practically all of them fulfil the definition of rare disease and most carry significant long-term sequela. In addition to surgery, which sometimes starts before the child is born and may continue in adulthood, successful treatment of developmental defects requires continuous input from a multitude of other specialties not only during childhood but also after transition to adult care. In most patients conclusive assessment of surgical outcomes is not possible before adulthood. (Read more)

Thank you, our fantastic research participants!

”How is it that my sister has been asked to participate in your study but I still have not received an invitation?”, asked a relative who had heard about our research project. Recruitment to clinical studies can be as easy as this – patients volunteer before we even contact them! We researchers sometimes hesitate to approach our patients and recruit them to our study, fearing that it will burden them or that they will feel offended by our invitation. But during the past years, I have time and again been surprised by children’s and adults’ positive attitude and enthusiasm towards research. They do want to be part of our research, they want to contribute to scientific development, and therefore they should have the opportunity to participate. (Read more)