1 Jan 2019–31 Dec 2023
University of Turku
Olli Raitakari will test whether ancestral exposure may cause intergenerational effects on obesity-related phenotypes, cognitive function and psychological wellbeing. The studied exposures are tobacco smoke, persistent organic pollutants and accumulation of psychosocial adversities. Raitakari will perform a large field study across three generations: the participants from the national Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and their parents and offspring. The aim is to test ancestral exposures that may cause intergenerational effects on obesity-related phenotypes, cognitive function and psychological wellbeing. The project will collect serum, blood and semen samples for epigenetic marker analysis to provide understanding of the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission in humans. These links have thus far not been verified in humans.
Raitakari is an internationally recognised expert in his field with an extensive scientific publication record, and he has actively contributed to researcher training. He has received research funding from both the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant) and the US National Institute of Health. He also served as Academy Professor in 2012–2016, establishing an international research consortium around childhood cardiovascular diseases.