Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation grant


Jukka Hirvasniemi (DIOS, MIPT), Ph.D., has received a research grant of 20 000 euros from Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation for investigation of meaningful X-ray and MR image features related to osteoarthritis.







Orion research foundation grant for Ph.D. student Joonas Oinas


Ph.D. student M.Sc. Joonas Oinas has received 5 000 euro grant from the Orion research foundation.







Instrumentarium Science Foundation grant for M.Sc. A. Peuna


PhD student Arttu Peuna (MIPT) has received a funding of 10 000 euros from Instrumentarium Science Foundation for the doctoral thesis “Texture analysis approach to quantitative MRI data for improved sensitivity in characterization of articular cartilage and osteoarthritis”.







Six abstracts accepted for the OARSI annual meeting


Finnilä M.A, Ojanen S., Saarakkala S., Hewitt C., Herzog W., Nieminen P., Hart D.A., Korhonen R.K. Increased cartilage remodelling and impaired chondrocyte mechanotransduction in early post-traumatic osteoarthritis. (Oral presentation)

Finnilä M.A, Karhula S.S., Cooper D.M., Belev G., Nieminen H.J., Korhonen R.K., Lehenkari P.P., Saarakkala S. Synchrotron micro-computed tomography reveals increased osteocyte volume in subchondral bone with osteoarthritis severity. (Poster presentation)

Rieppo L., Karhula S.S., Thevenot J., Hadjab I., Quenneville E., Garon M., Buschmann M.D.,  Nieminen H.J., Saarakkala S. Determination of extracellular matrix orientation of articular cartilage in 3D using micro-computed tomography. (Poster presentation)

Kestilä I., Thevenot J., Finnilä M.A.J., Karhula S.S., Hadjab I., Kauppinen S., Garon M., Quenneville E., Rieppo L., Pritzker K.P., Buschmann M.D., Nieminen H.J., Saarakkala S. Automatic 3d selection, segmentation, and analysis of human articular cartilage chondrons from micro-computed tomography in vitro. (Poster presentation)

Kauppinen S., Karhula S.S., Thevenot J., Ylitalo T., Rieppo L., Kestilä I., Hadjab I, Finnilä M.A.J., Quenneville E., Garon M., Gahunia H.K., Pritzker K.P., Buschmann M., Nieminen H.J., Saarakkala S. Volumetric analysis of tidemark and vessel perforations through calcified cartilage from micro-computed tomography: associations with osteoarthritis stage. (Poster presentation)

Ylitalo T.,Finnilä M., Karhula S.S., Valkealahti M., Lehenkari P., Hæggström E, Pritzker K.P., Saarakkala S., Nieminen H.J. “Heterogeneity In Extracellular Matrix Of Articular Cartilage As A Function Of Osteoarthritis Progression As Characterized By Micro-Ct” (Poster presentation)







TEKES (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) Challenge Finland -funding to Prof. Miika Nieminen and team


Professor Miika Nieminen has received a TEKES funding of 560000 euros in the Challenge Finland Innovation competition. The topic of the project is: ”Development of a new cardiological Imaging method” . The total budget of the project at University of Oulu is 935000€. Further significant funding was granted to other members of the consortium that is comprised of several research organizations and companies.







Mikael Juntunen was awarded 2nd Price for Best Poster in Poster Competition for Best Master’s theses of 2016


Mikael Juntunen, supervised by (M.Sc.) Antti Kotiaho and Professor Miika Nieminen, was awarded 2nd Price for Best Poster in Poster Competition for Best Master’s theses of 2016 by the Finnish Society for Medical Physics and Engineering (LFTY) at the 16th “LFT-päivät” event in Oulu Linnanmaa campus.







Research article published (July 2016)


Oinas J, Rieppo L, Finnilä MAJ, Valkealahti M, Lehenkari P and Saarakkala S. Imaging of Osteoarthritic Human Articular Cartilage Using Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy Combined With Multivariate and Univariate Analysis. Sci. Rep. 6, 30008; doi:10.1038/srep30008 (2016)







Six abstracts accepted for the ISMRM annual meeting


Elsayed H,  Zbyn S, Nissi MJ, Rautiainen J, Hanni M, Nieminen MT. Correlation Time Mapping of Articular Cartilage: correlation with tissue composition and structure. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Electronic Power Pitch Poster and Power Pitch)

Kajabi AW, Nissi MJ, Ketola J, Sarin JK, Casula V, Töyräs J, Weeren RV, Brommer H, Malda J, Mancini I, Hanni M, Nieminen MT. Correlation time mapping of articular cartilage degeneration in equine model. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Poster presentation)

Casula V, Kajabi AW, Ojanen S, Finnilä M, Korhonen R, Herzog W, Saarakkala S, Nissi MJ, Nieminen MT. Multiparametric MRI assessment reveals early cartilage degeneration at 2 and 8 weeks after anterior cruciate ligament transection in a rabbit model. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Poster presentation)

Nissi MJ, Kajabi AW, Ketola J, Sarin JK, Casula V, Mancini IAD, Brommer H, van Weeren RP, Malda J, Töyräs J, Nieminen MT. Pony multiparametric MRI relaxation time mapping. Quantitative relaxation time mapping of experimental model of osteoarthritis in the equine. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Poster presentation)

Zbyn S, Mlynarik V, Juras V, Schreiner M, Szomolanyi P, Laurent D, Scotti C, Haber H, Goldhahn J, Kubiak E, Bieri O, Marlovits S, Nieminen MT, Trattnig S. In Vivo Follow-up of Low-Grade Femoral Cartilage Defects using Sodium MRI at 7T. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Oral presentation)

Karjalainen J, Hanni M, Nissi MJ, Nieminen MT. Simulated reorientational correlation times of collagen-associated water. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 25 (2017) (Poster presentation)







TEKES (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) grant to Heikki Nieminen


Doc. Heikki Nieminen has received a Tekes funding of 351 000 euros for a project from the TEKES program of ”New knowledge and business from research ideas application process”. The topic of the project is: ”MorphoLogic – Precision Morphology Analytics for Osteoarthritis”. This Tekes project is a spin-off from Assoc. Prof. Simo Saarakkala’s ERC- and Academy of Finland -funded 3Dhisto project. Total budget of the project is 501 000 euros.







Public defence of doctoral dissertation


MSc Jana Podlipská will defend his doctoral dissertation titled “Non invasive semi-quantitative and quantitative ultrasound imaging for diagnostics of knee osteoarthritis” on 2nd December at 12.00 in Auditorium A101, University of Oulu (Aapistie 7A). The opponent of the dissertation is Professor Helen Keen from University of Western Australia and the custodian is Professor Simo Saarakkala from University of Oulu.