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Research article published


Olesya Klets’s manuscript, Estimation of the effect of body weight on the development of osteoarthritis based on cumulative stresses in cartilage: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, by Olesya Klets, Mika E Mononen; Mimmi K Liukkonen; Mika T Nevalainen; Miika T Nieminen; Simo Saarakkala; Rami K. Korhonen,  has been favorably reviewed and is accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.







Orion Research Foundation grant for Ph.D. student Nina Hänninen


Ph.D. student M.Sc. Nina Hänninen has received 3 500 euro grant from the Orion Research Foundation for the doctoral thesis on development of novel MRI contrasts for studying macromolecular structure of articular cartilage.







Review article published


Thevenot J, Bordallo-López M, Hadid A (2017). A Survey on Computer Vision for Assistive Medical Diagnosis from Faces. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2754861.







Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation grant for Professor Miika T. Nieminen


Professor Miika T. Nieminen (MIPT) has received a funding of 1 018 000 euros from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for the project “Structure-specific MRI characterization of articular cartilage in osteoarthritis.







Research article published


Peuna A, Hekkala J, Haapea M, Podlipská J, Guermazi A, Saarakkala S, Nieminen MT, Lammentausta E (2017). Variable angle gray level co-occurrence matrix analysis of T2 relaxation time maps reveals degenerative changes of cartilage in knee osteoarthritis: Oulu knee osteoarthritis study. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging DOI: 10.1002/jmri.25881.







Significant EU funding to MIPT Research Unit


Associate Professor Simo Saarakkala together with the Postdoctoral Fellow Gabriela Lorite from Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC), University of Oulu, have together received 1.1 million euros from EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 for joint diseases research project MIRACLE.
More information: http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/47669







Research articles published


Podlipská J, Koski JM, Kaukinen P, Haapea M, Tervonen O, Arokoski JP & Saarakkala S (2017). Structure-symptom relationship with wide-area ultrasound scanning of knee osteoarthritis. Scientific Reports 7: 44470.

Karhula SS, Finnilä MA, Lammi MJ, Ylärinne JH, Rieppo L, Pritzker KP, Nieminen HJ, Saarakkala S (2017). Effects of Articular Cartilage Constituents on Phosphotungstic Acid Enhanced Micro-Computed Tomography. PloS One. 12(1):e0171075.

Hirvasniemi J, Thevenot J, Guermazi A, Podlipská J, Roemer FW, Nieminen MT, Saarakkala S (2017). Differences in tibial subchondral bone structure evaluated using plain radiographs between knees with and without cartilage damage or bone marrow lesions – the Oulu Knee Osteoarthritis study. Eur Radiol. doi: 10.1007/s00330-017-4826-8. [Epub ahead of print]







MRC Oulu short-term Post Doc position (3 months) for Stefan Zbyn PhD


Stefan Zbyn PhD (MIPT) has received a funding from Medical Research Center Oulu for the research project “Implementation and validation of new MR imaging contrast for early detection of osteoarthritis”.







Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant for M.Ed. (music) Mari Leppävuori


PhD student Mari Leppävuori (CREMA, MIPT) has received a funding of 20.000€ from North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund / Eeva, Esko and Timo Laapas Fund for PhD thesis on physiological and acoustic features of the human voice. 







Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher and Academy Research Fellow funding


MIPT researcher Lassi Rieppo, Ph.D., received a 3-year Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding (267 620 €) for a project “Quantum cascade laser infrared spectroscopic tool for assessment of the quality of articular cartilage“. MIPT is the host institution of this project.

MIPT researcher Jukka Hirvasniemi, Ph.D., received a 3-year Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding (252 300 €) for a project “Automated analysis of X-ray and magnetic resonance image features in prediction and diagnosis of osteoarthritis“. The host institution of this project is the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis, University of Oulu, but the project will be conducted in a close collaboration with MIPT.

MIPT researcher Heikki Nieminen, Ph.D., received a 5-year Academy of Finland Research Fellow funding (434 485 €) for a project “Ultrasound-enhanced fine-needle biopsy (USeFNB): sound-tissue –interactions“. The host institution of this project is University of Helsinki.