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Faculty of Medicine


Institute of Biomedicine Institute of Dentistry Institute of Clinical Medicine Department of Nursing Science

Auria Biobank Cancer Centre Central Animal Laboratory Functional Foods Forum​ Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre Turku PET Centre

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ON THE CUTTING EDGE WITH RESPECT FOR TRADITION THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU is an internationally successful research and teaching unit which works in close collaboration with regional, national and international partners.

Established in

1943 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students

THE FACULTY PROVIDES MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH-BASED DEGREE EDUCATION in four different degree programmes leading to a Licentiate of Medicine or Dentistry, a Master of Health Sciences and Master of Science. THE FACULTY IS A MODERN AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY ORGANISATION that observes the tradition of the Royal Academy of Turku, which was founded in 1640. The first medical dissertation at the Royal Academy of Turku was completed in 1643. The University of Turku began its operations in 1922, and the Faculty of Medicine was established in 1943 to meet the needs of a country at war. Finland’s oldest hospital was founded in Turku in 1756 and is still in operation today.

Dean Pentti Huovinen

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” THE MOST FASCINATING ASPECT OF RESEARCH IS THE THRILL OF THE HUNT AND THE JOY OF DISCOVERY. ” Sirpa Jalkanen, Academician of Science

THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE WORKS IN CLOSE COLLABORATION with the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Satakunta Hospital District and Vaasa Hospital District. This operating environment strengthens the Faculty’s conditions for education and research. Launched in 2016, Health Campus Turku has increased co-operation between the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences. THE THEMATIC RESEARCH PROGRAMMES THAT PROFILE SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES ARE SHARED WITH BIOCITY TURKU: • Biomaterial and Medical Device Research Programme • Diagnostic Technologies and Applications • Lifespan of Cardiovascular, Inflammatory, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders – LIFESPAN • Receptor Programme • Translational Infectious Disease and Immunity Research Programme THE HIGH LEVEL OF RESEARCH is evident as success in international comparisons and scientific evaluations. Three Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence researchers, three Academy Professors and two Finnish Distinguished Professors (FiDiPro) work in the Faculty’s research programmes.

4 • RESEARCH

THE FACULTY SUPPORTS TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH in particular. This is an area that combines clinical research and basic research. RESEARCHER EDUCATION is focused on already in the basic degree education. The Faculty has three research tracks that students with an interest in research can apply for. The research track gives students an understanding of the basics of research work and the chance to gain experience in performing actual research. EDUCATION IS SUPPORTED BY THE FACULTY’S POST GRADUATE EDUCATION UNIT and its many courses. An average of 60 doctoral degrees are completed each year at the Faculty, which represents one-third of the University’s doctoral degrees.

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Strong national and international education networks.

Doctoral degrees a year


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1 000 tieteellistä julkaisua vuodessa

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300 opettajaa ja tutkijaa

40

professoria

PROFILING RESEARCH AREAS Drug Discovery Diagnostics jatkoBioimaging opiskelijaa Digital Health Biofuture

500

President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö grants the title of Academician of Science to Professor Sirpa Jalkanen with President of the Academy of Finland Heikki Mannila in the background. TUTKIMUS • 5


1,500 undergraduate students

Exchange and degree students from

56

6 • EDUCATION

countries

INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

• Biomedical Imaging • Drug Discovery and Development


” AFTER GRADUATION, I CAN BENEFIT

THE FINNISH HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.” Ann-Mari Torstensson, Nursing Science student

THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY medicine, dentistry, nursing science and biomedicine. The Faculty also has two Master’s degree programmes taught in English: the Master’s Degree Programme in Drug Discovery and Development and the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedical Imaging, Approximately 300 lower and higher academic degrees are completed at the Faculty each year. AFTER DEGREE EDUCATION, the Faculty offers the chance to become a specialist in medicine or dentistry and complete a post-graduate degree or continuing professional education in different fields. STUDIES ARE IMPLEMENTED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL ORGANISATIONS right from the start. Some of the teaching in the clinical phase is organised as decentralised education outside the campus area. Decentralised teaching can be completed in Southwest Finland, Satakunta and Ostrobothnia. THE FACULTY HAS A MEDICAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, which prepares, evaluates and implements curriculum reforms, organises pedagogical training for teaching staff and performs scientific research related to medical education and learning.

300 100 specialist degrees a year

lower and higher academic degrees per year

EDUCATION • 7


” WITHOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU,

I WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP SCIENCE.” Stefan Hell, Nobel laureate in Chemistry 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU WAS THE ONLY FINNISH UNIVERSITY to place in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings which measures the international outlook of universities.

”Here, I had the best chance to do what I wanted, so why go to Oxford?”

THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT reflects especially the high percentage of research publications written with international partners. AN INTERNATIONAL APPROACH IS ALSO A PART OF THE DEGREE EDUCATION, where students have excellent opportunities to complete international exchanges at partner universities. Top international lecturers and teachers regularly visit the Faculty. INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES attract students from every continent to Turku and to the Faculty. The studies focus on each student’s language skills and readiness to work in a multicultural work community and an international environment.

8 • INTERNATIONALITY

Honorary Doctor of the University of Turku Stefan W. Hell was one of three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In its justification, the Nobel Committee mentioned the inventions that Hell made at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Turku in 1994 and 1995, where he was working as a postdoc researcher at the time.


INTERNATIONALITY • 9


WE HAVE MORE THAN 10,000 ALUMNI AROUND THE WORLD THE FACULTY HAS A MAJOR SOCIAL INFLUENCE in terms of promoting health, research on the emergence, diagnostics and treatment of diseases, and developing the service and education system in the health care sector. THE FACULTY OFFERS CONTINUING EDUCATION and Open University teaching for adult students in line with the principles of lifelong learning. Science events and lectures that are open to everyone, and books, blogs and online publications published by the Faculty’s researchers and teachers also provide up-to-date content for anyone with an interest in medical or health sciences.

We invest in innovations, aim for high-quality transnational education and develop our entrepreneurial activities. 10 • COMMUNITY RELATIONS

ALUMNI MEDICINAE ABOENSES R.Y. is the alumni association for graduates and friends of the Faculty of Medicine. It serves as a link between the Faculty and its graduates and contributes to supporting teaching and research activities in the Faculty. The alumni association also maintains contact with decision-makers of society and promotes health care development work. MANY FACULTY GRADUATES also serve as student mentors. There are already more than 100 mentors in the Faculty. Mentoring is used to address important professional topics, such as dealing with patients, collegiality, confidentiality and personal well-being and coping.

In terms of their career,

97.4%

of 2007 and 2009 graduates were satisfied with their degree five years after graduation.


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”Aim high and don’t be discouraged – most of the discoveries that shatter existing dogma require a great deal of work before they are accepted by the scientific community.” Sirpa Jalkanen, Academician of Science

University of Turku 12/2016

FACULTY OF MEDICINE FI-20014 UNIVERSITY OF TURKU +358 29 450 5000 www.utu.fi/en/units/med facebook.com/laaketieteellinenTY

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