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This autumn’s top seminars focus on immunity against COVID-19, tissue stem cells, and antidepressants’ new mechanisms of action

The Frontiers in Health Sciences seminar series will continue in October–December 2021 with online lectures by leading Finnish scientists. This autumn’ series of lectures will be launched on 28 October with a lecture by Professor Ilkka Julkunen on immunity induced by a natural COVID-19 infection and vaccine induced immunity. The series will continue on 2 December with a lecture by Professor Sara Wickström on tissue stem cells’ adaptation mechanisms. The final lecture in the series will be on 9 December by Academy Professor Eero Castrén on antidepressant drugs’ new mechanisms of action. The lectures will be held in English via Zoom.

Frontiers in Health Sciences is a seminar series of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, and it is aimed at researchers, teachers and students alike. The faculty’s various doctoral programmes take turns in organising the seminar. This autumn’s seminar series is organised by the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine, with a special emphasis on bio- and molecular medicine.

Professor of Virology Ilkka Julkunen from the University of Turku will give a lecture on 28 October 2021 at 15–16 on the topic COVID-19 Natural Infection and Vaccine Induced Immunity. Julkunen has served in expert capacity for, e.g., the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s coronavirus situation reports. He estimates that not getting vaccinated will quite certainly lead to a coronavirus infection in the near future.

Professor of Cell and Evolutionary Biology Sara Wickström from the University of Helsinki will give a lecture on 2 December 2021 at 15–16 on the topic Regulation of Stem Cell Fate by Niche-derived Signals and Forces. Wickström’s research group explores human tissue maintenance and has recently discovered previously unknown mechanisms that protect tissue stem cells.

Academy Professor Eero Castrén from the University of Helsinki will give a lecture on 9 December 2021 at 15–16 on the topic A New Model for the Antidepressant Drug Action. New findings by Castrén’s research group call into question prevailing ideas of the mechanisms of action of antidepressants.

The lectures can be followed online via the links below.

28 Oct: Ilkka Julkunen: COVID-19 natural infection and vaccine induced immunity

2 Dec: Sara Wickström: Regulation of stem cell fate by niche-derived signals and forces

9 Dec: Eero Castrén: A new model for the antidepressant drug action

For further information on the seminar series, please contact:

Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine Joanna Huttunen, joanna.huttunen (at)