As an Anatomist here at Institute of Biomedicine, UEF, I am proud to offer a Cornerstone signature about the human body, however only question that matters at the end is: how to teach anatomy? Not all content is equal; not all content is worth teaching in a textbook and not all content is equally important. I try to show examples, how to prioritize and use the precious little time students have, to achieve their best results. Flipped Classroom Matters a Lot!
As a "Molecular Morphologist", I choose Kaarniranta`s AMD research group because of its exceptional and diverse projects, and its world-class science in Age-related Macular Degeneration. I am genuinely passionate about AMD research and can’t wait to start attacking problems that I have encountered. This often means that I’ll be debating methods and working through solutions while in the shower or over breakfast.
Kaarniranta, Kai; Uusitalo, Hannu; Blasiak, Janusz; Felszeghy, Szabolcs; Kannan, Ram; Kauppinen, Anu; Salminen, Antero; Sinha, Debasish; Ferrington, Deborah. 2020. Mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction and their impact on age-related macular degeneration Progress in retinal and eye research [Online ahead of print 2020 Apr 13]: 1-19. 2020
Sridevi Gurubaran, Iswariyaraja; Viiri, Johanna; Koskela, Ali; Hyttinen, Juha M; Paterno, Jussi; Kis, Gréta; Antal, Miklós; Urtti, Arto; Kauppinen, Anu; Felszeghy, Szabolcs; Kaarniranta, Kai. 2020. Mitophagy in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Investigated in the NFE2L2/PGC-1α-/- Mouse Model International journal of molecular sciences 21 6: 1976. 2020
Felszeghy, S; Gilbert, G; Koskela, A; Nieminen, P; Sironen, R; Pasonen-Seppänen, S; Sointu, E; Morton, D; Mahonen, A. 2019. As you sow, so shall you reap: Is there a "golden standard" to teach histology? MedEd publish 8 3: 1-5. 2019
Felszeghy, S; Pasonen-Seppänen, S; Koskela, A; Nieminen, P; Härkönen, K; Paldanius, KMA; Gabbouj, S; Ketola, K; Hiltunen, M; Lundin, M; Haapaniemi, T; Sointu, E; Bauman, EB; Gilbert, GE; Morton, D; Mahonen, A. 2019. Using online game-based platforms to improve student performance and engagement in histology teaching BMC Medical Education 19 1: 273. 2019
Hyttinen, JMT; Kannan, R; Felszeghy, S; Niittykoski, M; Salminen, A; Kaarniranta, K. 2019. The Regulation of NFE2L2 (NRF2) Signalling and Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Pathology International journal of molecular sciences 20 22: 5800. 2019
Kaarniranta, Kai; Koskela, Ali; Felszeghy, Szabolcs; Kivinen, Niko; Salminen, Antero; Kauppinen, Aanu. 2019. Fatty acids and oxidized lipoproteins contribute to autophagy and innate immunity responses upon the degeneration of retinal pigment epithelium and development of age-related macular degeneration Biochimie 159: 49-54. 2019
Felszeghy, S; Viiri, J; Paterno, JJ; Hyttinen, JMT; Koskela, A; Chen, M; Leinonen, H; Tanila, H; Kivinen, N; Koistinen, A; Toropainen, E; Amadio, M; Smedowski, A; Reinisalo, M; Winiarczyk, M; Mackiewicz, J; Mutikainen, M; Ruotsalainen, AK; Kettunen, M; Jokivarsi, K; et al [Incl Kaarniranta, K; Kauppinen, A; Kinnunen, K; Levonen, A-L; Salminen, A; Tavi, P-P; Urtti, A]. 2018. Loss of NRF-2 and PGC-1[alpha] genes leads to retinal pigment epithelium damage resembling dry age-related macular degeneration Redox biology 2019; 20: 1-12. 2018
Felszeghy Szabolcs, Pasonen-Seppänen Sanna, Koskela Ali, Mahonen Anitta. 2017. Student-focused virtual histology education: Do new scenarios and digital technology matter?. MedEdPublish 6 3: 40. 2017
In a world where so many distractions compete for the attention of medical and dental students, preclinical educators have a heavier task. Blended learning allows teachers to meet students where they are in the digital world.
But it also enables for an Anatomist the flexibility to bring students back into the world of real human cadaver contact and basic science in times when/if needed.
Research groups and research projects
Part of Kai Kaarniranta's AMD research group.
As health care professional, I strongly believe, it is also part of my mission outside the university and as a public educator to inform and motivate public to ensure that they understand the major issues about human body and some diseases, the treatment options available and the consequences of no treatment or noncompliance. As dentist and educator who loves science, anatomy and just generally having minds blown, I am always very excited about to communicate the wonder, sophistication and fragility of the human body.