Diabetes and Heart Disease Research Unit

Diabetes and Heart Disease Research Unit is focusing mainly on
- genetic studies of type 2 diabetes,
- congenital hyperinsulinemia,
- early onset atherosclerosis and
- inherited heart diseases (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy).

The le...

Genetics of gene regulation in disease

Transcription factors regulate their target genes not only upon specific stimuli, but also through binding to specific DNA sequences. Genetic variation that occurs on those binding sequences may disturb target gene expression. It is also a potential source for the “missing variation” in polygenic...

Immunology of type 1 diabetes

We study the immunological dysfunctions in human type 1 diabetes by utilizing samples from well-characterized Finnish clinical cohorts and by using state-of-the-art biomedical methodology

Jyrki Virtanen

University researcher (tenure track), Institute of Public Health