Research & Art

Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing research mostly focuses on neuroscience and neurotechnology, functional magnetic imaging, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational medicine, as well as on health and wellbeing technologies and management.
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Health and wellbeing is one of Aalto University’s seven key areas for research.

Its focus areas include:

  • biomedical engineering,
  • neuroscience,
  • biomaterials,
  • digital health, and
  • health management and design.

A large share of health and wellbeing research is done in close collaboration with the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital. Their expertise in medical science and clinical research complements our primarily technology-oriented approach.

Health and wellbeing is an area where a great number of innovations are called for. Here at Aalto University, basic research results are developed into innovations, applications, and services for end users. In this way, the research responds to societal needs.

We also aim to be a contributor to the massive renewal process facing the university hospital district of the Helsinki region during the next decade.

The Aalto Networking Platform brings together our researchers and external parties for multidisciplinary collaboration in the area of health and & wellbeing.

Upcoming events

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Online event

Good Life Engine: Complementary Sport Techniques

How to take care of your mind, body, and brain to optimize sports performance, recovery, and overall wellbeing? Join this Good Life Engine open session to learn!
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Online event

FLTM x Health Talks – Innovations from Health & Life Sciences

Stories about science-based entrepreneurship 
SF2022
Conferences and workshops

8th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School and Workshop

We are hoping to organize the 8th Science Factory in 2022 if the circumstances allow. We will update the situation in December 2021.

Latest news in this area

Aalto Distinguished Professor Risto Ilmoniemi. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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Aalto Distinguished Professor Risto Ilmoniemi and his team are developing a new kind of brain stimulator

In the future, artificial intelligence-enabled “self-driving” brain stimulators can ameliorate the condition of millions of patients suffering from brain disorders, says Professor of Applied Physics Risto Ilmoniemi. He also thinks that his best research results may still be in the future.
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Creativity is an important future skill - this symposium will help you understand creativity in a new way

Thriving in today’s fast-changing world requires creativity. The Aalto Creativity Symposium (September 10–11, 2021) welcomes everyone who wants to better understand the science of creativity.
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Helsinki GSE Situation Room study: Coronavirus pandemic particularly challenging for higher education students - number of appointments to mental health services is on the rise

Appointments to mental health services have been steadily increasing among both higher education students and other representatives of the same age group since autumn 2020.
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Aalto School of Science celebrates five new Academy Research Fellows

Manohar Kumar studies quantum information, Ivan Lomakin 3D atomic data reconstruction, Kezilebieke Shawulienu exotic materials, Arno Solin probabilistic principles and neural network models and Marijn van Vliet the visual and auditory language systems in the brain

Flagships and Centres of Excellence

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AI for Health — FCAI (external link)

FCAI Special Interest Group: AI for Health

Suomen Akatemia

GeneCellNano – Gene, Cell and Nano - Academy of Finland (external link)

The GeneCellNano flagship is hosted by Aalto, Universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Oulu, and Finnish Red Cross Blood Service.

Infrastructure

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Aalto NeuroImaging (ANI) Infrastructure

ANI research infrastructure houses four functional neuroimaging modalities, navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL).

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BioMag Laboratory (external link)

BioMag is a brain imaging laboratory at the Helsinki University Hospital co-hosted by Aalto and University of Helsinki.

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Science-IT

Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.

Services
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Micronova

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Locations

Featured research bodies

Healthcare Engineering and Management

Healthcare Engineering, Management and Architecture

The Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Management and Architecture (HEMA) is a research group that concentrates on the production of health services and their development.

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
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Aalto Brain Centre

Aalto Brain Centre (ABC) is a strategic initiative within the Aalto University School of Science. ABC relies on the strong expertise of the school's research teams in systems neuroscience, neurotechnology, signal analysis, machine learning, network analysis, brain imaging, psychology, cognitive science, clinical neuroscience, naturalistic neuroscience, physics, and engineering.

School of Science
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Sotera (external link)

Sotera is a research unit focusing on basic technology in the social and health sector: design and construction of buildings, related telecommunications technology, information technology and automation of operations as well as instrument technology.

Biodesign Finland

Biodesign Finland (external link)

Biodesign Finland improves medical care with a novel entrepreneurial program for selected interdisciplinary teams and creates new business.

Key research area contact

 Dr. Markus Mäkelä

Dr. Markus Mäkelä

Manager, Health and Wellbeing & Global Business Dynamics Key research areas, Aalto Networking Platform
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