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Antti Saari wins ESPE Young Investigator Award

Paediatrics Specialist Antti Saari was recognised with the Young Investigator Award of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, ESPE.

Paediatrics Specialist Antti Saari, MD, has won the Young Investigator Award of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology. The award criteria focus on high-level research and scientific publications.

Antti Saari works as Paediatrics Specialist and Specialising Physician in Paediatric Endocrinology in the Paediatrics and Adolescence Clinic at Kuopio University Hospital, and as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Children’s Growth Monitoring research group.  In 2016, the North Savo Physicians’ Association recognised Saari with the Martti Hämäläinen Award, which can be granted to a promising young researcher. Saari obtained his MD degree from the University of Eastern Finland in 2015, after defending his dissertation on how to reform children’s growth monitoring in Finland.

The ESPE Young Investigator Award was presented to Saari in Washington this September at the end of an international conference. Rather exceptionally, the ESPE Young Investigator Award was won by a Kuopio-based researcher last year as well. Last year’s award was presented to Tanja Kuiri-Hänninen, MD, who works as Paediatrics Specialist at Kuopio University Hospital and as Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.

Studying children’s growth

Antti Saari became interested in paediatrics and working as a paediatrician after the birth of his children. The research findings of Saari, a father of four, can be seen in the growth charts used in all Finnish child health clinics.

Children’s growth monitoring also constitutes a special vantage point to children's health. Growth monitoring also allows for an increasingly early diagnosis of many diseases.

“Growth is a good indicator of a child's health. Many diseases can affect growth very early on,” Saari says.

Working in the Paediatrics and Adolescence Clinic at Kuopio University Hospital, Saari finds that clinical work and research are a good combination.

“In clinical work, I see things that I can later try to address through research. My working community has a very positive attitude towards research. It is vital that research is valued and encouraged, and that motivated supervisors are available.”

Text and photo: Kuopio University Hospital

For further information, please contact: Antti Saari, tel. +358 44 277 3992

For more information about the award, please see: https://www.eurospe.org/grants-awards/awards/young-investigator-award/