University of Eastern Finland
Asla Pitkänen is a professor at the University of Eastern Finland. Her neurosciences research ranges from the cellular and molecular level to experimental animal models and brain imaging. Professor Pitkänen is well respected in the epilepsy research community and is regarded as one of the world’s leading scientists in her field. During her term as Academy Professor, she will be working to identify the early pathophysiological changes following brain damage and leading to epileptic seizures. Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder, and the development of effective treatments will require a better understanding of the pathogenesis of epilepsy. International reviewers expect that Professor Pitkänen’s research will lead to significant breakthroughs. Her research findings may pave the way to the development of new treatments for epilepsy and even to the prevention of epilepsy caused by brain damage. Worldwide there are some 60 million epilepsy sufferers, in Finland the figure is around 54,000. One-third of epilepsy sufferers have symptoms that cannot be suppressed by medication. The best treatment for epilepsy is prevention.
Professor Pitkänen is actively involved in national and international organisations, businesses and universities. To date she has received ten awards; five of these are international awards.