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HUS and Aalto University establish a joint professorship

The professorship represents a new opening in the two organisations’ long and fruitful history of cooperation
Kuva: Juha Montonen.
Kuva: Juha Montonen.

HUS and Aalto University have established a joint professorship in translational neuroimaging. Towards the end of 2019, the Managing Director of HUS and the President of Aalto University signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in research and innovation. The predecessors to HUS and Aalto University engaged in continual cooperation in different forms from the 1970s onwards. Early this year, HUS and Aalto strengthened their cooperation and concluded an agreement on a joint professorship.

The professorship will be opened for applications soon. Representatives of Aalto University and HUS believe that the joint professorship will strengthen scientific cooperation between Aalto University and HUS, and generate new clinical applications.  ‘This joint professorship will play its part in creating even better conditions for research and high-quality patient care that benefit a wide range of people,’ says Erika Haaksiluoto, Chief Physician and Director of Clinical Neurophysiology at HUS.

‘Technology plays a very important role when for instance diagnosis methods of brain diseases are being developed. New technologies can be more easily implemented when technological and clinical research work in close collaboration,’ says Jouko Lampinen, the Dean of Aalto University School of Science.

The new professor will be employed by both HUS and Aalto University. They will carry out scientific work that benefits both parties, teach at Aalto University, and lead the BioMag laboratory at the HUS Meilahti Hospital. BioMag examines brain functioning by measuring magnetic fields produced by the brain using magnetoencephalography and magnetic stimulation of the cortex. At the administrative level, BioMag is part of clinical neurophysiology. At Aalto, the professor's office will be located in the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering in Otaniemi.

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