Simo Saarakkala

Simo Jaakko Saarakkala, Ph.D.
Professor, ERC Starting Grantee
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  • Present positions
    • Professor (Biomedical Engineering), Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland.
    • Scientific Director, Infotech Oulu Focus Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
    • ERC Starting Grantee 2014-2018, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Current research interests
    • Development of novel quantitative methods for early diagnostics, follow-up and prediction of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases.
    • Investigation of structure, composition and biomechanics of skeletal tissues – especially articular cartilage, subchondral bone and meniscus, as well as trabecular and cortical bone – at the tissue and cellular level.
  • Education
    • Academic
      • Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Biomedical Physics (2010). Department of Medical Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
      • Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in Medical Physics (2009). Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
      • Ph.D. in Medical Physics (2007), University of Kuopio, Finland
      • M.Sc. in Medical Physics (2005), University of Kuopio, Finland
    • Professional
      • The qualification to serve as a Radiation Safety Officer in the field of General Use of Radiation in the Medical Sector (2012). Approved by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Finland.
      • The qualification to practice Clinical Audits for Exposure to Radiation in Medical Practices in Finland as an assistant evaluator (2004).