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The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation promotes and supports medical research, biodiversity, entrepreneurship as well as cultural and social well-being in Finland.

Medical Science

The Foundation specifically supports young doctors, so that they might have the opportunity to conduct research already during their studies and immediately after graduating.  

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More research data is needed about the impacts of climate change on our planet’s future. The Foundation seeks to advance an understanding of the biodiversity of nature as a means of promoting a more sustainable use of our natural surroundings.

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The first ever Sakari Alhopuro Prize awarded to Professor Kalervo Väänänen and archipelago nature photographer Jaakko Ruola

The Sakari Alhopuro Foundation’s Board has selected Professor Kalervo Väänänen and nature photographer Jaakko Ruola as t...

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Sakari Alhopuro:


‘What is the purpose of life? As a doctor, I have often considered that the purpose of life is found in helping others’, states Sakari Alhopuro, founder of the Foundation.

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Get to know the work of researchers by reading our blogs!

Will antibiotic resistance be the next global health crisis?

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the cause of roughly 1.2 million deaths annually. It is estimated that, by the year 2050, the antibiotic resistance of bacteria, that is, their ability to defeat the drugs developed to kill them, may cause even more deaths than cancer. To avoid the imminent crisis, more research into the underlying reasons for the resistance is needed.

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How will the ongoing environmental change affect seabed microbes?

There would be no life on our planet without the microscopic organisms known as microbes. The environmental change resulting from human activity has altered the biodiversity and functioning of microbial communities, but the long-ranging impacts of the changes are not yet known. Now, research is being carried out to enhance our understanding and enable us to prepare for and prevent harmful impacts.

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Does pregnancy affect the development of allergies in childhood?

The increased prevalence of childhood asthma and allergies has been associated with changes in environmental and exposure factors, but they only explain part of the growing burden of disease. Certain factors during pregnancy may contribute to the development of allergic diseases in childhood. The topic is largely unexplored.

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Saving the Archipelago Sea calls for legislative actions, the stick and the carrots

The Archipelago Sea is one of the most spectacular natural environs in Finland – but for how long? Eutrophication caused by phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms in the sea pose a serious threat to the natural and recreational values of the unique marine environment and the various forms of livelihood in the archipelago. Immediate, binding and efficient actions are needed to reverse the current development.

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Professor Pentti Huovinen received the A. I. Virtanen Prize

Named after the only Finnish Nobel laureate in science, the A .I. Virtanen Prize has been awarded to Professor Pentti Huovinen in recognition of his internationally significant research in the field of bacteriology.

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Professor Emeritus Pekka Niemelä: “Root causes for the loss of nature derive from the Age of Enlightenment"

According to Pekka Niemelä, Professor (emer.) of Biodiversity and Environmental Science at the University of Turku, the accelerating loss of nature cannot be explained by climate change and related factors alone. He suggests that the root causes for the current state of nature derive from the Age of Enlightenment when humankind attempted to establish dominion over nature – with fateful consequences.

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Contact information

Sakari Alhopuro Foundation

Carita Rantanen, M.Sc. (Econ.), eMBA
Managing Director
phone. 040 503 9609

Board of Directors of the Foundation

Sakari Alhopuro, D.Med.Sc.,
Lääkintöneuvos (Finnish hononary title)
Chairman of the Board
Pentti Huovinen, D.Med.Sc.,
Professor of Bacteriology
Vice Chairman of the Board
Jyri Heinonen, LL.M. with court training
Member of the Board
Ilppo Vuorinen, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Research
Member of the Board

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