Laakso, Markku

1.8. 2005-31.7. 2010 and 1.1. 2011-31.12. 2015 
Genetics of type 2 diabetes
University of Eastern Finland

Academy Professor Markku Laakso (b. 1949) of the University of Eastern Finland is a world-leading specialist in the genetics of type 2 diabetes. He applies a variety of approaches and methods that represent the cutting-edge of gene research. His work is based on numerous population datasets and at least three different animal models. During his forthcoming term as Academy Professor, Laakso will apply state-of-the-art gene research methods in seeking to unravel the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. The population dataset collected by Professor Laakso and his team is impressive by any international standards, and will help to shed light on the genetic background of type 2 diabetes. Laakso and his team have been exceptionally successful in linking population data with clinical patient studies and animal models. The information on the aetiology of type 2 diabetes is of great importance not only in scientific but also in public health terms because this type of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate.

Laakso’s current term as Academy Professor expires at the end of July 2010. Professor Laakso earned a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Helsinki in 1975, and in 1986 he graduated as Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kuopio. He was appointed Professor at the University of Kuopio Department of Medicine in 1995. He is Vice-Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence for Research in Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes. 

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