Research group

The Fin-HIT Study is coordinated at the Folkhälsan Research Center in Helsinki. The study is led by Professor, Medical Doctor Elisabete Weiderpass Vainio. The research group consists of members whose specialties are in medicine, epidemiology, public health, sport and nutritional science, developmental psychology, educational science, genetics and information technology.

Members of the Research Group










Elisabete Weiderpass Vainio
Cohort Establisher
Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO









Heli Viljakainen
Group Leader
Docent (nutrition), University of Helsinki

Rejane Figueiredo








Trine B. Rounge


Sajan Raju
Bioinformatician, PhD student









Jannina Viljakainen
PhD student









Catharina Sarkkola
Research Coordinator

Folkhälsan Research Centre

The Folkhälsan Research Center, located in Helsinki, focuses on biomedical and health science research organized in three research programs, the Genetics Research Program, the Preventive Medicine Research Program, and the Public Health Research Program. Fin-HIT belongs to the field of genetic epidemiology which is a part of Genetic Research Program. The number of scientists and other personnel affiliated with the Center is approximately 200.