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The ESCAP, Vodafone place and flamenco show in Madrid

I am just back from the congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Madrid (http://www.escap2015.com/). What a refreshing experience. I had great company of two colleagues from Helsinki. Madrid is a great city with lots of interesting attractions, the weather was perfect (particularly after the very cold summer we have in…

What a great month

What a great month

What a great month behind: two of my PhD students published their academic dissertations. The dissertations of Juha Väänänen and Monica Gammelgård were publicly examined in the 17th of April and the 9th of May, respectively. Juha’s research focused on social phobia and depression in adolescent population. Using the Adolescent Mental Health Cohort Study data…

Be your own secretary

As one attempt to balance between all increasing request for health services and all worsening economic situation, prioritization is increasingly discussed. Our hospital’s treatment ethics committee also organized a seminar on prioritization in health care. I was kind of amazed that the topic of discussion was totally built around high tech and very advanced, even…

Activity bracelet

Our hospital provides an opportunity to try activity bracelets, in hope of encouraging the employers to find a healthier lifestyle. I have dance classes most days a week and on one of the remaining two days I usually go Nordic walking. So basically I should know that I get exercise. But I was very excited…

Lost in Medline

Lost in Medline

The beginning of my year has been dominated by academic activities. My schedule has included a lot of teaching, data analyzing, scientific writing and managing research program related issues such as subjecting new projects for evaluation by ethics committee and negotiating funding. The first article of one of my PhD students has just been published,…

Mission completed: 2014

I really needed the Christmas holiday after the hard year 2014. In addition to my responsibilities as chief psychiatrist in the Department of Adolescent Psychiatry in Tampere University Hospital and professor of adolescent psychiatry in University of Tampere I acted as the chief psychiatrist in the Forensic Psychiatric Unit of our hospital. Planned originally for…

A blog? – Why not

I figure it is beyond my reach to be one of those who naturally act in the numerous layers of cyber reality. Is it really being connected with everyone – or screaming into the wind…? But I intend to try one step and write a blog. This is not interactive and hardly spreads into numerous…