About us

Turku Immunology Centre is a joint centre of Faculty of Medicine and Turku Bioscience Centre of the University of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland (VSSHP). The Immunology Centre was established in 2021.

University of Turku carries out high-quality basic and translational immunological research. VSSHP, on the other hand, has strong clinical immunological research in the fields of neuroimmunology, rheumatology, dermatology, allergology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, paediatrics, and cancer. In addition, immunological diagnostic research is performed at the Laboratory Division of Turku University Hospital and Turku PET Centre.

The Immunology Centre brings together everyone whose work and interest is in immunology. Closer collaboration between researchers and clinicians in the field of immunology at the University of Turku and VSSHP enables discovery and utilization of significant new scientific findings.

Activities of the Immunology Centre is carried out by the immunological research competence cluster, InFLAMES Research Flagship, during the flagship’s funding period. The flagship is funded by the Academy of Finland’s Flagship Programme. The director of Turku Immunology Centre is Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, who is also director of InFLAMES Research Flagship.

Executive Team of the Turku Immunology Centre

Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, University of Turku, MediCity, Chair

Professor Marko Salmi, University of Turku, Institute of Biomedicine 

Professor Juhani Knuuti, University of Turku, Turku PET Centre 

Professor Riitta Lahesmaa, University of Turku, Turku Bioscience Centre  

Professor Laura Airas, University of Turku / Turku University Hospital 

Molecular Immunology Board

Molecular Immunology Board brings together clinicians and immunologists to discuss about challenging inflammatory disease patient cases in Turku University Central Hospital in regular meetings every month.

Members of the Molecular Immunology Board

University of Turku

Professor Marko Salmi, University of Turku, Institute of Biomedicine 

Academician Sirpa Jalkanen, University of Turku, MediCity, Chair

Professor Riitta Lahesmaa, University of Turku, Turku Bioscience Centre  

Hospital District of Southwest Finland *affiliation also at the University of Turku

Johanna Lempainen, paediatrics

Heikki Lukkarinen, paediatrics

Leena Kainulainen, immune deficiencies in children and adults

Minna Marttila-Vaara, immune deficiencies in adults

Laura Pirilä, rheumatic diseases in adults

Minna-Maija Grönlund, rheumatic diseases in children

Laura Airas, adult neurology

Tuire Lähdesmäki, pediatric neurology

Kimmo Salminen, Adult gastroenterology

Marko Kalliomäki, pediatric gastroenterology

Bell Elenius, pediatric allergology

Jussi Liippo, skin diseases and allergology

Johannes Savolainen, allergology

Arno Hänninen, laboratory immunology

Sirkku Jyrkkiö, oncology

Pirjo Nuutila, endocrinology