Abdulhameed Bakreen (abdulhameed.bakreen@uef.fi)

I am a PhD student in Molecular Medicine and an early-stage researcher with over a decade of experience in neurodegenerative diseases. Currently working on 3 projects: “Combined Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy and Rehabilitation in Stroke: Efficacy and Mechanisms Underlying Repair and Recovery”; “Human Glial Chimeric Mice: A Novel Tool to Understand Functional Stroke Recovery”; and “Mechanisms of Stroke-Associated Headache”. Job description includes behavioral studies, stroke model surgeries, perfusion, histology, stereology, image analysis, etc.

Dmitrii Lepilin (dmitrii.lepilin@uef.fi)

My project aims to quantify the disturbance caused by forest harvesting on physical, biological, and biogeochemical properties and processes of drained boreal peatlands’ soils. We try to quantify the recovery of biogeochemistry after the disturbance. The project consists of two parts:

Soil physical properties as they are the main driving factor of biotic and biogeochemical changes
Biological and biogeochemical properties and processes

We hope that a deeper understanding of the ecological impact of harvesting operations and the ability of soil to recover from disturbance will support responsible decision-making in the sustainable use of peatland forests.

Laura Säisänen (laura.saisanen@uef.fi)

My background is in biomedicine, which I studied at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where I graduated 2005. At the beginning of 2006, I started as a research assistant at the newly initiated navigated TMS lab at Kuopio University Hospital, and since then I have had the privilege to work in numerous projects with different topics.

Currently, I am working in a project aiming to elucidate the neuroplastic capacity in osteoarthritis and recovery after operation.

My aim is to improve methods and practices in non-invasive brain stimulation.

Marjukka Kolehmainen (marjukka.kolehmainen@uef.fi)

My research concerns about the health effects of foods, especially the low grade inflammation. In addition, I have studied the effect of psychological stress and recovery on the metabolism and their relations to food and eating behaviour. I am currently with my research group establishing two new research platforms to complement the already existing expertise at our department, namely the platforms for the studying the dietary proteins and their health effects and together with Prof Hani El-NEzami aa platform studying the gut function and microbiota. Also via establishing these platforms my aim is to understand more on the underlying mechanisms of the effects of foods, their components and structures. With the latter I have collaborated for several years with the VTT food technologists.

Nina Kumpulainen (nina.kumpulainen@uef.fi)

MSc, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peatlands play an important role as carbon storages, but in addition, they offer numerous other beneficial ecosystem services. Still, a big part of peatlands has been drained. This has altered ecosystem functioning, especially greenhouse gas and carbon dynamics. In my doctoral research, I will develop a new method for peatland restoration, which aims to enhance the recovery of functional diversity of a peatland and limit methane emissions. Sphagnum translocation will play an important role in this method development.

Previously I have studied the communication between the tadpoles of the dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) and how lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) affects beetle species diversity and a number of beetles living on the road verges.

Reflections – Museums as Development Platforms for Nature-Based Business

Reflections – Museums as Development Platforms for Nature-Based Business project aims to strengthen SMEs in the South Karelia region and support the recovery of tourism and other businesses from the Corona epidemic through the development of new nature-based businesses and earnings logics. At the same time, the premises of the future Museum of Nature and Wilderness in Imatra, the network of companies, associations and educational institutions already formed around the museum and the vitality of the entire area will be strengthened. The project is managed by the city of Imatra.

The project will provide a three-part workshop series for SMEs to build, test and conceptualize new types of nature-based products, businesses and earnings logics. Particular attention will be paid to the development of sustainable and non-material industries. The workshops are carried out as a multidisciplinary (science, art, technology) cooperation between the participating universities ie Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, University of Eastern Finland and Uniarts Helsinki. In addition to the series of workshops, the project includes regional, national and international (especially Europe) networking and summary and communication of project results.

As a result of the project, the network of companies and other actors in South Karelia area and the wider Saimaa region will be strengthened and internationalized, which will diversify the region’s economic structure and add value to the future Museum of Nature and Wilderness. Also new nature-based products and new businesses will emerge.

Through the workshop process, a nature-based product innovation environment will be created with local companies linked to the future museum, as well as a new concept for the development of nature-based products. A summary of the workshop process and its results will be produced and disseminated.