University of Eastern Finland

University of Eastern Finland

Clinical Research

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The University of Eastern Finland, UEF,  is one of the largest universities in Finland. We operate on three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff. We have thirteen fields of study, making our academic offering the most multidisciplinary in Finland.

We are brave at crossing academic boundaries and our interdisciplinary approach is internationally recognized. In fields such as clinical medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology, biosciences and nursing science, we are at the global cutting edge of research, and several international rankings place us among the world’s leading universities.

Our activities underscore multidisciplinarity. Our key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges.  These challenges are Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitized society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.

Health care studies

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UEF is responsible for research and education in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biomedicine, clinical nutrition, nursing science and health promotion which comprises exercise medicine as well as the promotion of public and occupational health.

In addition to degree programs taught in Finnish, the faculty also has four international Master’s degree programs: general toxicology and environmental health risk assessment, health promotion in nursing science, public health, and biomedicine. The faculty also offers doctoral education in four doctoral degree programs in the fields of clinical research, drug research, molecular medicine, and health sciences. All of the faculty’s doctoral programs are offered in English.

Other health related Master’s degree and doctoral programs:
• Faculty of Science and Forestry: medical physics (master’s)
• Faculty of Science and Forestry: science, technology and computing (doctoral)
• Faculty of Science and Forestry: environmental physics, health and biology (doctoral)
• Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies: health and business (master’s)
• Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies: welfare, health and management (doctoral)

Projects and Research

Research addressing health at the University of Eastern Finland is being carried out within the university’s strategic research areas focusing on cardiovascular and metabolic diseases ( as well as on neurosciences (  Furthermore, translational cancer research as well as musculoskeletal disorders are among the university’s focus areas (

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland is home to dozens research groups addressing a wide range of health-related phenomena. To learn more about the activities of these research groups, please visit

Furthermore, medical physics and biomedical engineering research carried out at the Faculty of Science and Forestry also touches upon health, as it aims at earlier diagnosis and better therapy for patients.


Research centers, services and infrastructures

The Clinical Research Centre - CRC focuses its clinical research on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of nationally important chronic diseases, e.g. neurological diseases, diabetes, vascular diseases, obesity and diseases of bone and cartilage. It works in close collaboration with the Kuopio University Hospital. The Centre has excellent facilities and 25-year experience to study mechanisms of action of drugs in various models, to study genetics of complex diseases and to conduct clinical trials in phases I - IV.

The Kuopio Research Centre of Geriatric Care is an academic research organization for geriatric pharmacotherapy, age-related diseases, nutrition and geriatric rehabilitation. The Centre works with a network of local, national and international partners for better understanding and optimizing health care for older people.

The Kuopio Welfare Research Center KWRC is a multidisciplinary research and development center focusing on research of wellbeing and welfare systems.

Significant research infrastructures at the UEF include the Biomedical Imaging Unit (BIU), the Biobank of Eastern Finland, the National Virus Vector Laboratory, the Lab Animal Centre and the GMB Omics Centre. To learn more about significant research infrastructures, please go to

Contact us

University of Eastern Finland

Joensuu Campus
P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Fax: +358 13 318 039

Kuopio Campus
P.O. Box 1627, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland
Fax: +358 17 162 131

Kuopio University Hospital, clinics
P.O. Box 100, FI-70029 KYS, Finland
Switchboard: +358 17 173 311

Savonlinna Campus
P.O. Box 86, FI-57101 Savonlinna, Finland


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