MET awards best publications, dissertations, Research Day presentations and education achievements

0.2337/dc20-1719  MET awards best publications, dissertations, Research Day presentations and education achievements
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) has awarded the best doctoral dissertations and publications of 2021.

At its traditional Christmas Lunch, MET recognized its commendable members with research and education awards.

MET Dissertation Awards

Doctor of Science (Technology) Kimmo Kartasalo was awarded for his dissertation Machine Learning and 3D Reconstruction Methods for Computational Pathology

Doctor of Philosophy Saara Laukkanen was awarded for her dissertation Novel Targeted Therapies and Prognostic Markers for T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Doctor of Medicine Minna Rauhala received an award for her dissertation Chronic Subdural Hematoma - Incidence, Outcome and Cost.

MET Publication Awards

A Randomized Trial of a Transglutaminase 2 Inhibitor for Celiac Disease
Authors: Schuppan D, Mäki M, Lundin KEA, Isola J, Friesing-Sosnik T, Taavela J, Popp A, Koskenpato J, Langhorst J, Hovde Ø, Lähdeaho ML, Fusco S, Schumann M, Török HP, Kupcinskas J, Zopf Y, Lohse AW, Scheinin M, Kull K, Biedermann L, Byrnes V, Stallmach A, Jahnsen J, Zeitz J, Mohrbacher R, Greinwald R; CEC-3 Trial Group.
N Engl J Med. 2021 Jul 1;385(1):35-45. Article

Subclone Eradication Analysis Identifies Targets for Enhanced Cancer Therapy and Reveals L1 Retrotransposition as a Dynamic Source of Cancer Heterogeneity
Authors: Ketola K, Kaljunen H, Taavitsainen S, Kaarijärvi R, Järvelä E, Rodríguez-Martín B, Haase K, Woodcock DJ, Tubio J, Wedge DC, Nykter M, Bova GS.
Cancer Res. 2021 Oct 1;81(19):4901-4909, Article

MET Publication Commendations

Land Cover of Early-Life Environment Modulates the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes
Authors: Noora Nurminen, Damiano Cerrone, Jussi Lehtonen, Anirudra Parajuli, Marja Roslund, Maria Lönnrot, Jorma Ilonen, Jorma Toppari, Riitta Veijola, Mikael Knip, Juho Rajaniemi, Olli H Laitinen, Aki Sinkkonen, Heikki Hyöty
Diabetes Care . 2021 Jul;44(7):1506-1514, Article

Astrocyte-mediated spike-timing-dependent long-term depression modulates synaptic properties in the developing cortex
Authors: Tiina Manninen, Ausra Saudargiene, Marja-Leena Linne
PLoS Computational Biology, 16, Article

Pluronic Micelle-Mediated Tissue Factor Silencing Enhances Hemocompatibility, Stemness, Differentiation Potential, and Paracrine Signaling of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Authors: V. K. Rangasami, G. Nawale, K. Asawa, S. Kadekar, S. Samanta, B. Nilsson, K. N Ekdahl, S. Miettinen, J. Hilborn, Y. Teramura, O. P. Varghese, and O. P. Oommen
Biomacromolecules, 2021, 22 (5), 1980-1989, Article

MET Education Achievement Award

Three education awards were given based on recommendations from the MET community. The winners are:

1) Tuomas Komulainen & Saku Pelttari for the development of a dissection assistant course. This is an activity that Saku Pelttari originally initiated and Tuomas Komulainen has then continued. Students meet for tutoring sessions a couple of times a month, where they systematically go through human anatomy and apply what they have learned by working as student assistants on a later dissection course. This activity has proven to be very popular and is voluntary for the students.

2) Kati Juuti-Uusitalo for successful teaching. Kati invests much in good quality teaching. She uses a variety of pedagogical methods in her teaching and MET students consider her an exceptional teacher.

3) Minna Veiranto, Petri Pommelin, Alpo Värri, Mari Pekkanen-Mattila, Eija Pirhonen, and Minna Kellomäki for the development of the Medical Device Regulation secondary subject. They have promoted methods that develop the student's own learning and application skills. The course package on the Medical Device Regulation is an important part of the education provided by the MET faculty, and is also a pioneering part of the Continuous Learning package offered by the faculty.

MET Research Day Awards

The best presentation award was given to Toini Pemmari for her presentation entitled “Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) Alleviates Inflammation and Adverse Metabolic Effects Caused by High-Fat Diet in a Mouse Model”.

The best pitch talk award was given to Bobin George Abraham for his pitch entitled “Nanobody Based Strain Sensor for Studying Nuclear Mechanics”.

Photo: Jukka Lehtiniemi

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