What is InFLAMES?

InFLAMES Organisation

InFLAMES is a research Flagship of the Academy of Finland. The Flagship Director is Academician Sirpa Jalkanen and Vice Directors are Professor Juhani Knuuti and Professor Marko Salmi. The Director has overall responsibility for operations. 

Our Mission

Normal immune defence system is vital for health. Overactivity of the immune system leads to the development of autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and juvenile diabetes. Too weak immune responses, on the other hand, predispose us to cancer and severe bacterial and viral infections.

In the InFLAMES Flagship we aim at identifying novel drug targets using the most modern technological platforms and finding novel diagnostic tools to identify the patients benefitting from personalized therapies.

Our Innovative Ecosystem

The study area of the InFLAMES Flagship is in the heart of both host organizations University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. It will include joint and coordinated efforts of more than 300 researchers.

Turku has been the foundation and leader of Finnish immunological research for the past 50 years and has also generated major economic activity. The InFLAMES Flagship will transform the immunological research and innovations into economic and societal empowerment in joint efforts with biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

Our Goals

In cooperation with the scientific community and biotech and pharmaceutical companies the overall goals of the InFLAMES Flagship are

  • to integrate the immunological and other research activities to develop and exploit new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for personalized medicine
  • to introduce new avenues for the collaboration between the universities and industry by boosting public-private companionship
  • to enhance entrepreneurship and the translation of new inventions into commercial products

Directors

JalkanenSirpa
Sirpa Jalkanen
Professor, Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine
KnuutiJuhani
Juhani Knuuti
Professor, Vice-Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Turku PET Centre
SalmiMarko
Marko Salmi
Professor, Vice-Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine

Executive board

InFLAMES has an Executive Team, which ensures that operations of the Flagship as a whole will be carried out in accordance with InFLAMES’s objectives and strategy.

The members of the Executive Team are: 

AirasLaura
Laura Airas
Professor of Neuroimmunology
University of Turku
Faculty of Medicine - Department of Clinical Medicine
JalkanenSirpa
Sirpa Jalkanen
Professor, Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine
KnuutiJuhani
Juhani Knuuti
Professor, Vice-Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Turku PET Centre
LahesmaaRiitta
Riitta Lahesmaa
Director
University of Turku
Turku Bioscience Centre
MarjamäkiAnne
Anne Marjamäki
Head of Business Development
University of Turku
Innovation Services
SahlgrenCecilia
Cecilia Sahlgren
Professor
Åbo Akademi University
Turku Bioscience Centre
SalmiMarko
Marko Salmi
Professor, Vice-Director of InFLAMES Flagship
University of Turku
Institute of Biomedicine

Representing Officer for the InFLAMES Executive Team

HakkilaKaisa
Hakkila Kaisa
Adjunct Professor, Project Manager
University of Turku
Department of Life Technologies, InFLAMES Research Flagship

Steering Group

InFLAMES has a Steering Group nominated by the Vice rector of the University of Turku Mika Hannula for a fixed term until 31.12.2024. Steering Group supports and guides the flagship management in its goals and objectives. It will consist of representatives of host institutions (UTU and ÅAU) and partners (the University Hospital, City of Turku) as well as representatives from Industry and the patient organizations. The Steering Group meets 2-3 times a year or when needed. 

The members of the Steering Group are:

KarjalainenSakari
Karjalainen Sakari
Secretary General
Cancer Society of Finland
KolaJukka
Kola Jukka
Rector
University of Turku
KyynäräinenNiko
Kyynäräinen Niko
Vitality Director
City of Turku
LauslahtiSanna
Lauslahti Sanna
Managing Director
Pharma Inductry Finland
SuominenKalle-Antti
Suominen Kalle-Antti
Professor, vice-rector for research
University of Turku
VasankariTommi
Vasankari Tommi
Chairman of the board
Finnish Diabetes Association
PetriVirolainen
Petri Virolainen
Director
Hospita District of South West Finland
WilförStefan
Wilför Stefan
Vice Rector
Åbo Akademi University

The Scientific and Impact Advisory Board (SIAB)

InFLAMES Flagship has an appointed Scientific and Impact Advisory Board (SIAB). SIAB supports InFLAMES management in the objectives and scientific goals of the Flagship. It also evaluates research activities, provide insights and comments about flagship’s scientific achievements, impact and aims.

SIAB meets once or twice a year for fixed term until the end of the year 2024.

The members of SIAB are    

BluestoneJeffrey
Jeffrey Bluestone
Professor
University of California San Francisco
ButcherEugene
Eugene Butcher
Professor
Stanford University
RaoAnjana
Anjana Rao
Professor
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
SteinmanLawrence
Lawrence Steinman
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Pediatrics, and Genetics
University of Turku | Stanford Medicine