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
Group Leader

Visiting Professor, Medicum,
Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki University.

Sabina Simola-Ström
Administrative manager (on maternity leave)

Nina Jokinen
Daily leader

Rejane Figueiredo
Stephanie von Kraemer
Research Coordinator

Sajan Raju
Bioinformatician, PhD student

Trine Rounge

Catharina Sarkkola
Research Coordinator (on maternity leave)








Heli Viljakainen

Jannina Viljakainen
Research Coordinator, PhD student

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.