Category Archives: Research

Professor Markku Mäki receives a major international research award

Professor Emeritus Markku Mäki of the University of Tampere has received the Distinguished Service Award from ESPGHAN, the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The annual award recognises…

Playing games is no longer sinful

Finnish society now accepts games, but there are still downsides to the rapidly expanding game culture. Donkey Kong, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Defender of the Crown, Pool of Radiance. In the…

Professor Kaija-Leena Kolho

The microbiome is like a fingerprint

“Microbiome” is the term used to refer to the microorganisms present in a particular environment. The human body contains a number of microbiomes, such as the one found in our…

Exercise saves billions

Immobility costs Finns more than smoking and substance abuse combined. Physical activity can even lead to better pay. Only one in four Finnish adults exercise sufficiently for their health, which…

Negligence damages a child’s trust

Child protection saves lives, but there are still shortcomings in the implementation of children’s rights. Training organised by the University of Tampere brings child protection professionals together to create new…

Authorities and hate speech dominate the refugee debate

The refugees’ own points of view and arguments supporting them are buried deep on social media. When refugees and asylum seekers are talked about in the media, the voices heard…

Retaining internationally recruited nurses is a challenge

The Finnish social and health sector is going through a process of internationalisation, but employees of non-Finnish origin are still relatively rare. A recent study has developed methods to make…

The power of the mind

To shoot or not to shoot? Police officers must sometimes make potentially lethal decisions on the use of force very quickly while under great pressure. Researcher Harri Gustafsberg and his…

Sensitive parents try to interpret their baby’s feelings

Failure to respond to a baby’s signals may lead to behavioural problems in later life. As any parent knows, newborn babies cry at the top of their lungs. They cannot…

What happened – and how was it experienced?

As a Finnish parent, having one’s child taken into protective custody, on the one hand, and receiving a maternity package from Kela (the Finnish Social Insurance Institution), on the other,…