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Understanding molecular mechanisms of life-style induced health benefits - Call for abstracts open until 31 May

  • Summer school
  • Health and well-being
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Kuopio campus, Snellmania Building, room SN210
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Yliopistonranta 1 E
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Metabolic Diseases research community at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) will organize the summer school “Understanding molecular mechanisms of life-style induced health benefits” on June 30 and July 1, 2022, immediately after the International 23rd Puijo Symposium.

Food, diet and exercise are among key factors having an effect on human health and well-being. Understanding how these relate to health outcomes over time provides novel insight on the mechanisms critical in maintaining health or contributing to disease process and identifying potential new therapeutic targets to aid in the prevention and treatment of diseases. 

The summer school provides maximal interactions between world-class lecturers, students and post-docs and thus provides mentoring and new collaboration, boosts knowledge transfer and at its best facilitates career planning of students. 

Call for abstracts open until 31 May
Please submit a short abstract including the title (max 200 words) for 10 minutes oral presentation via this Form.

Registration (compulsory)
•    PhD students and faculty members from UEF: no registration fee
•    PhD students from the other universities: no registration fee
•    Other participants: 100 EUR (inc. VAT 0%).
Please pay the registration fee in Euros in full by bank transfer by May 31, 2022. Bank account: Danske Bank FI87 8919 9710 0011 36. Please make sure your name and the project 65928 are stated as reference on your remittance. 



Thursday June 30, seminar room SN210

Food and diet induced health benefits – from food to impact
Chair: Marjukka Kolehmainen, Kati Hanhineva

9–9.45 Plenary lecture with discussion

Mikael Fogelholm: Can food purchase data from loyalty cards be used for nutrition research? Opportunities and challenges 

10–12.30: Lectures with interactive discussion based on the prework

Kati Hanhineva and Ville Koistinen: What do metabolites or their profiles tell about food impact on maintenance of health and prevention of disease?

Student presentations with discussion

Hani El-Nezami and Carlos Gomez Gallego: Food interacting with microbiota – health benefits and disease risks?

Student presentations with discussion

12.30–13.30 Lunch break

13.30–16: Lectures with interactive discussion based on the prework

Ursula Schwab and Maria Lankinen: Genetic background having an impact on the health effects of diet – Diet interactions with genetic factors?

Student presentations with discussion

Evening 18–: Social program: cycling together to Saana and dinner


Friday July 1, seminar room SN210

Exercise matters – towards health benefits
Chair: Timo Lakka, Kai Savonen

Morning 8.30–9.30: Visit to Kuopio marketplace and market hall and presentation of local delicates by students

Morning 10–12: Lectures with interactive discussion based on the prework

Nicolle Kränkel, Germany: Extracellular vesicles and exosomes in exercise science

Student presentations with discussion

P. Darrell Neufer, USA and Mark Tarnopolsky, Canada: Mitochondrial functions: role of exercise in mitochondrial health

12–13 Lunch break

Afternoon 13–15: Lectures with interactive discussion based on the prework

Frank Booth, USA and John Hawley, Australia: Exercise and metabolic health: beyond skeletal muscle

Student presentations with discussion

Timo Lakka: Wrap-up the meeting.

Welcome! Minor changes in the program are possible.

For more information, please contact Timo Lakka, 040 770732, or Jukka Jolkkonen, 040 3552519,