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Training and networking

With the global crisis we are facing today with the coronavirus outbreak, we can see the importance of scientists joining forces to fight and work towards a common goal. The first human trial has just started, and it began with the genome of the virus to be available to be studied by others. Sharing science is crucial to move forward, and this is one of our fundamental values in BestTreat. As part of the training programme, every six months we have the opportunity to participate in a training school to expand our knowledge in communication, networking, science and commercialising. In February, the first training school of the year arranged by Afekta where we focused on entrepreneurship; second training was by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in collaboration with Clinical-Microbiomics focussing microbiome system and synthetic biology. Read more...


Introduction to Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field mainly involving molecular biology, genetics, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. It is currently defined as the study of information content and information flow in biological systems and processes. It has evolved to serve as the bridge between observations (data) in diverse biologically-related disciplines and the derivations of understanding (information) about how the systems or processes function, and subsequently the application (knowledge). The terms “bioinformatics” and “computational biology” are only about 20 years old – their first appearance in the Medline database may have been as the keywords for the 1990 article describing the first steps of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (Benson et al., 1990). Read more...


Long Night of Science in Jena

The Long Night of Science (Die lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) is one of the major science events in Jena, a fitting theme, since Jena was named City of Science in 2008 and can boast a remarkable history as a university city and science hub. We prepared a poster and an interactive game to highlight the role of the diet in shaping the intestinal flora. Furthermore, we introduce the public to our main expertise, which is Bioinformatics, and its importance and application in dealing with modern biological studies. Read more...


European Researchers’ Night at UEF

The European Researchers’ Night is the biggest science event in Finland funded by the European Commission. This year we, early stage researchers at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), took part in the event held in Kuopio, Finland, to promote our science in the community. This event is held annually on the last Friday of September in various cities across Europe and was held in Kuopio on 27 September 2019 at the Matkus shopping centre.

The main theme of our stand was fatty liver. When you hear the term fatty liver, many people may only think of alcohol consumption. However, there is now increasing evidence of a type of fatty liver, which is a result of unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Read more...


Exploring the role of exercise in NAFLD

We, early stage researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, are undertaking an exciting research that combines human clinical intervention studies and animal studies to investigate the effects of exercise on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

Have you ever thought that you can outsource doing physical exercise and enjoy its health benefits? Nowadays, we seem to have a pill for every kind of disease, from headache to diarrhea. However, many chronic diseases still do not have effective therapies and the only way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle and to exercise. But what if, other people who do exercise can transfer their wholesome health status to you. Sounds very much like science fiction, but...


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