Kuopio Research Centre of Geriatric Care
The Kuopio Research Centre of Geriatric Care is an academic research organisation for geriatric pharmacotherapy, age-related diseases, nutrition and geriatric rehabilitation.
Research group description
Our multidisciplinary team of researchers includes physicians like geriatricians and psychiatrists, pharmacists, clinical pharmacologists, dentists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, and experts in rehabilitation. We provide doctoral level training for future leaders in research, clinical practice and teaching related to geriatric care,
We mainly perform register-based research and clinical intervention studies, currently including the MEDALZ cohort and NutOrMed study . Currently, the annual number of publications is 20-30 and number of PhD thesis varies between one and three.
We have expertise in:
Register-based research including
Modelling of drug exposure from prescription register data
Pre-processing and linkage of register data
pharmacoepidemiology and drug utilization
adverse outcomes associated with drug use
healthcare service use and costs, including drug costs
epidemiology of diseases related to older age
conducting intervention studies in the aged population, special focus on
Our research projects include:
MEDALZ (MEDication use and ALZheimer’s disease) is a nationwide cohort study, including all community-dwelling persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in Finland during 2005-2011 (n=70,718). Comparison persons matched with age, gender and region of residence have been identified for each case. The data has been linked to multiple Finnish registers.
Group members - UEF
Heidi Taipale Adjunct Professor
Jari Tiihonen Professor , School of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine
Marjaana Koponen University Lecturer , Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy
Miia Tiihonen Senior Researcher , Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy