Research & Art

Key Research Area: Health and Wellbeing

Aalto University’s expertise in health and wellbeing is broad-based, with strong clusters of research groups such as in medical devices, health AI, neuroscience, and care-facility architecture. We engage in deep collaboration with bedside and other R&D partners, including for already 45 years with the Helsinki and Uusimaa provincial hospital district HUS.
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Health and wellbeing is one of Aalto University’s seven key research areas. The university has a strong, decades-long track record in health and wellbeing (H&W), in both research results and in facilitating adoption and commercialization. Indeed, at Aalto University, the basic research results that we pursue are being developed into innovations, applications, and services for end users, with several notable success stories, including from the earliest decades of H&W research. In this way, we are constantly making efforts to respond to societal needs.

Within our internal health and wellbeing (H&W) community, we have the following clusters of expertise. 


The pages linked from above describe each expertise cluster and list the professors primarily associated with that cluster. 

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

Interested in joining us? Read more about our tenure track career system.

Key research area contact

 Dr. Markus Mäkelä

Dr. Markus Mäkelä

Upcoming events

Latest news in this area

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Concentration training -online material is available for students in Finnish and English

Aalto's study psychologists have created this new online course based on research, which you can use to strengthen your concentration skills and find practical solutions to enable focused work in your studies.
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Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies (3cr) coming up in English and in Finnish

Popular course "Mind & Study - toolbox for being well in studies" will be organized in Finnish and English in the 4th period!
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Five things policy-makers should know about improving health care

Tweaking the healthcare system won’t help if its structure provides the wrong incentives, says Paul Lillrank. The professor emeritus of industrial economics gives his views on what’s wrong with Finland’s healthcare system and what should be done about it.
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Teaching community and pedagogical reflection, support and training are vital for teachers' wellbeing

HowUTeach, teachers' wellbeing questionaire and self-reflection tool was piloted in Oasis of Radical Wellbeing initiative during academic year 2022-2023 and autumn term 2023.

Flagships and Centres of Excellence

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AI for Health — FCAI (external link)

FCAI Special Interest Group: AI for Health

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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 three functional neuroimaging modalities, 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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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.

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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.

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