Annakaisa Haapasalo Group (Molecular Neurodegeneration)

01.06.2015 -

Research group

Our research focus lies in the genetic background and molecular mechanisms underpinning neurodegenerative diseases, especially frontotemporal dementia (FTD). To this end, we utilize a variety of in vitro and in vivo model systems and patient-derived cells, clinical samples and data. We are especially interested in the function and dysfunction of neuronal synapses, cell metabolism, cellular degradation mechanisms, such as autophagy and proteasomes, as well as glial cells that mediate neuroinflammation. In our translational studies, we closely collaborate with clinical researchers to identify novel biomarkers, diagnostic tools, and therapeutic targets.

We belong to the Finnish FinFTD research network, which brings together Finnish basic and clinical FTD researchers.

*** Read from the links below more about our most recent studies on blood-based GFAP as a biomarker in FTD and utilization of FTD patients' skin fibroblasts in disease mechanistic studies and their potential in biomarker and drug research.



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Molecular Neurodegeneration research group

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Time period

01.06.2015 -

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  • Tomi Hietanen, MSc student
    Tomi Hietanen, MSc student


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