Three conference articles accepted for oral presentation


One manuscript accepted for the EMBEC’17 & NBC’17 joint conference:
Thevenot J, Hirvasniemi J, Finnilä M, Lehenkari P, Saarakkala S. Volumetric Assessment of Bone Microstructures by a 3D Local Binary Patterns –Based Method: Bone Changes with Osteoarthritis. IFMBE Proceedings, Springer 2017.

Two manuscripts accepted for the SCIA 2017 conference:
Tiulpin A, Thevenot J, Rahtu E, Saarakkala S. A novel method for automatic localization of joint area on knee plain radiographs. SCIA 2017, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2017.

Kaipala J, Bordallo López M, Saarakkala S, Thevenot J. Automatic Segmentation of Bone Tissue from Computed Tomography Using a Volumetric Local Binary Patterns Based Method. SCIA 2017, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2017.







MIPT featured in national news


http://www.iltalehti.fi/sydan/201703170203935_sd.shtml







Professor Timo Jämsä was elected as President-Elect of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science (EAMBES) for 2017-2019.


Professor Timo Jämsä was elected as President-Elect of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science (EAMBES) for 2017-2019. EAMBES is an European alliance representing 8 000 experts in the domain of medical and biological engineering and science. Prof. Jämsä is EAMBES Fellow and council member.







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)