Health through research
The non-profit foundation supports, promotes and maintains research in clinical medicine and other university-level health sciences in Turku University Hospital and its area of influence.
- Awards work and travel scholarships annually.
- Provides working facilities to 18 researchers in the vicinity of TYKS.
- Grants an award of merit of € 15,000 to a distinguished researcher in medical or health sciences.
- Awards of merit have been granted to Jorma Viikari, Professor of Internal Medicine (2008), Olli Simell, Professor of Paediatrics (2012), André Sourander, Professor of Paediatric Psychiatry (2020) and Olli Ruuskanen, Professor of Infectious Diseases (2022).
What is currently researched
In clinical research, the aim is always to improve the patient’s treatment.
- Improves disease prevention.
- Develops diagnostics, or detection, of diseases.
- Produces better and more effective treatments.
- Reduces care costs.
Many diseases are studied in TYKS. Key topics include:
- Development of allergies
- Infectious diseases
- Mental health
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Cancer treatment
Board of the TYKS Foundation
D.H.Sc., post doc, Principal Lecturer, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Docent, Chief of Department, Turku University Hospital
LL.M., Head of Administration, Rausanne Oy
LL.B., Finnish honorary title of kauppaneuvos
Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Turku
LL.M., Administrative Director, Hospital District of Southwest Finland
Mikko Pietilä, Chair
Docent, Director of Hospital District (Deputy), The well-being services county of Southwest Finland
TYKS Foundation helped enable important further training in Canada
10 October 2022 Docent and Chief Physician Peter Boström, Director of the Administrative Branch of Urology at Turku University Hospital, has received valuable further training abroad. The TYKS Foundation supported this training with a scholarship for three years. Peter Boström decided to specialise in urology. He had specialised in surgery because of his dissertation on
André Sourander, founder and director of the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, is a distinguished and versatile researcher of mental health problems among children and young people.
18 June 2020 The research conducted by André Sourander, Professor of Child Psychiatry, has grown into a research unit for child psychiatry consisting of 55 researchers in Turku. The unit’s achievements include the development of digital support services for children and parents that have been proven to be effective through research. They can be used
TYKS Foundation provides a wide range of support to researchers of nursing
10 October 2022 Johanna Olli, Master of Health Sciences, is preparing her doctoral dissertation on supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities. The topic emerged from her own nurse’s work with paediatric neurology patients. She sees the dissemination of research results as a duty of the researcher. When working in paediatric neurology at the Kymenlaakso
Advancing the treatment of children’s ear infections
12 October 2022 Paula Tähtinen’s doctoral dissertation on antibiotic treatment of children’s ear infections was examined at the University of Turku in 2012. Families with children who participated in a research project led by Docent Aino Ruohola knew the study as a Pikkunorsu (English: Little Elephant). The research unit of the TYKS Foundation was important