The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is a research institute that responds to the global health challenges created by the aging of the population and changes in lifestyle by focusing on the research of cardiovascular and brain diseases. The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences maintains and uses several parts of the core university infrastructure, such as the Kuopio Biomedical Imaging Unit, the National Virus Vector Laboratory as well as the Lab Animal Centre.
The institute participates in postgraduate education in the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine, and it also participates in the teaching of the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedicine.