Research & Art

Key Research Area: 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.

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.

Focus areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Biomaterials
  • Digital Health
  • Health Management and Design

Upcoming events

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Online event

Health Talks: Brain Imaging for Improved Research and Therapies

Experts in brain imaging and brain therapies discuss new software, AI, and medical device technologies.
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Academic, Networking, Online event, Conferences and workshops, IT ja digiosaaminen, Digitaalisen opetuksen tueksi, Palveluosaaminen

Symposium of Digital Accessibility in Higher Education

For everyone working on the application of the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services in universities.
Conferences and workshops

9th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School and Workshop

The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University School of Science will organize the 9th Science Factory: TMS–EEG Summer School and Workshop, on May 27 – June 2, 2023. The main venue is Nuuksio (Espoo, Finland), a beautiful place in rural Espoo.

Latest news in this area

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Teaching and courses are developed based on student feedback

The AllWell? survey is used to figure out things that can be developed to improve the students’ ability to study
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Pressure ulcers take up to 500 million euros in healthcare expenditures each year – research team develops cushion cover that warns of budding wound

Research team presents prototype of sheet-like smart cover for wheelchair cushions today at HUS STOP Pressure Ulcer Day
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New barbershop Damask opens on the first floor of A Bloc

The new Damask Barber Shop offers full-service men's hair and beard care.
Joonas Laurinoja, Ida Granö and Victor Hugo Souza. Photo: Mikko Raskinen.
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Magnetic brain stimulation can help patients with depression and pain

Clinicians and researchers have long used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat and study chronic pain and severe depression. A new technology, multi-locus TMS (mTMS), will improve the approach by utilizing the novel design of magnetic transducers allowing for electronic control of all stimulation parameters – location, intensity and the orientation of the induced electric field – assisted by a robot to redirect stimulation from one part of the brain to another in just a fraction of a second.

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 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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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.

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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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