Bridging basic, clinical and technology research in neuroscience
The neuroscience network in the Capital region is formed by the multidisciplinary basic research at the University of Helsinki, the technological and neuroscience research at Aalto University, and the clinical research at Helsinki University Hospital (HUS). It is estimated that over half of Finnish neuroscience research takes place in the capital region. In addition, HUS is the largest hospital district in Finland, and the HUS catchment area serves over 1.6 million residents, thus being a major organisation also on a Europe-wide level.
The neuroscience research in the capital region is supported by a strong and versatile research infrastructure, particularly focused on cellular and animal disease modelling, as well as imaging of animals and human subjects. In addition the HUS data lake and Helsinki Biobank offer a significant source of patient data and samples for research.
The aim of the increased collaboration in neuroscience research is to improve our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease, as well as to create preventative methods, accurate diagnostics and more effective treatments and rehabilitation for diseases affecting the nervous system.