Helena Lapinleimu
MD, PhD, Adjunct professor

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine)
Clinical Lecturer, Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Department of Clinical Medicine)


Areas of expertise
Neonatology; Development and brain imaging of preterm infants; Follow-up studies;Hearing deficienciey of children;
Health of internationally and domestically adopted children;


Adjunct professor Helena Lapinleimu MD, PhD graduated
from the Medical School at the University of Tampere in 1987. She specialized
at the University of Turku in Pediatrics in 1997 and in Neonatology
in 2000. She defended her thesis in 1997 from the STRIP Study on Influence of
individualized dietary counselling and apolipoprotein E polymorphism on serum
lipoproteins in infancy. After her own thesis, she has collaborated with the
STRIP study by supervising two theses, with the neurological follow-up
study, NAMU by supervising one thesis and the long-term follow-up study of
preterm infants, the PIPARI study, by supervising two theses. Since 2004
she has had a position as the adjunct professor of Neonatology at the
University of Turku. Since 2007 she has led an active research group, FinAdo
(Finnish Adoption) Study, in Turku, Finland. 

Since 2001, she has been a member of the Ethics review
Committee of the Hospital Distirct of Southwest Finland. She has been a medical
adviser for four organizations of international Adoptions in Finland.


Research: She has published 120 original scientific publications
and 15 reviews, chapters in text books or other publications. She has
concentrated in her research work on two strategies: 1) To develop clinical
practices with scientific studies at Follow-up clinic of preterm infants in the
University Hospital of Turku 2) Scientific
research of internationally adopted children and other risk groups of
children with compromised development. Many internationally adopted
children have been maltreated and have lived with inadequate care in orphanages
and are often stressed when they arrive to families. Most of them manage later
fine, but some of them have overwhelming problems. The
FinAdo study of international adoptees comprises of three different parts: the
questionnaire study with 2000 participated children aimed to find out what kind
of physical or mental health problems adoptees in Finland have. This study will
be repeated in year 2019. Next, a longitudinal follow-up study with 150
internationally adopted children aims to find markers of physical stress that
would identify the children, with neurocognitive development problems at the
school age and later. The third FinAdo-study is a register study including internationally
and domestically adopted children with their parents and a comparison group of
main population.


Since 2013, Helena Lapinleimu has worked as a
half-time clinical teacher in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Department of
Pediatrics, University of Turku. Since 2007, she has given over 100 invited
lectures of internationally and domestically adopted children for general
public, and in domestic and international academic meetings. 

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Mitä PIPARI-tutkimus on opettanut pikkukeskosten pitkäaikaiskehityksestä (2018)
Setänen S, Lehtonen L, Lapinleimu H, Haataja L
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Normative values for sleep parameters in pre-schoolers using actigraphy (2018)
Clinical Neurophysiology
Lassi Sahlberg, Helena Lapinleimu, Marko Elovainio, Hanni Rönnlund, Irina Virtanen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Parental depressive symptoms as a risk factor for child depressive symptoms; testing the social mediators in internationally adopted children (2018)
European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Krista Liskola, Hanna Raaska, Helena Lapinleimu, Marko Elovainio
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Pikkukeskosena syntyneiden lasten eleiden ja esinetoimintojen kehitys yksivuotiaana ja sen yhteys kognitiiviseen kehitykseen kaksivuotiaana (2018)
Puhe ja kieli
Hannele Asumaniemi, Petriina Munck, Helena Lapinleimu, Suvi Stolt
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Pikkukeskosena syntyneiden lasten ymmärretyn sanaston kehitys vuoden iässä ja sen yhteys kognitiiviseen kehitykseen kaksivuotiaana (2018)
Puhe ja kieli
Pauliina Alatalo, Petriina Munck, Helena Lapinleimu, Suvi Stolt
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Network Structure of Childhood Psychopathology in International Adoptees (2018)
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Elovainio Marko, Hakulinen Christian, Pulkki-Råback Laura, Raaska Hanna, Lapinleimu Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Child and family-related predictors of psychological outcomes in children adopted from abroad; what is the role of caregiver time? (2017)
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Rita N, Elovainio M, Raaska H, Lahti-Nuuttila P, Matomaki J, Sinkkonen J, Lapinleimu H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Does the native language influence lexical composition in very preterm children at the age of two years? A cross-linguistic comparison study of Italian and Finnish children (2017)
First Language
Stolt S, Savini S, Guarini A, Caselli MC, Matomaki J, Lapinleimu H, Haataja L, Lehtonen L, Alessandroni R, Faldella G, Sansavini A
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Chorioamnionitis and Five-Year Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Preterm Infants (2016)
Ylijoki M, Lehtonen L, Lind A, Ekholm E, Lapinleimu H, Kujari H, Haataja L; on behalf of the PIPARI Study Group
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Do the early development of gestures and receptive and expressive language predict language skills at 5;0 in prematurely born very-low-birth-weight children? (2016)
Journal of Communication Disorders
Stolt S, Lind A, Matomaki J, Haataja L, Lapinleimu H, Lehtonen L
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Health-related quality of life in very low birth weight children at nearly eight years of age. (2016)
Acta Paediatrica
Huhtala Mira, Korja Riikka, Rautava Liisi, Lehtonen Liisa, Haataja Leena, Lapinleimu Helena, Rautava Päivi; on behalf of the PIPARI Study Group
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Poor Parental Sleep and the Reported Sleep Quality of Their Children (2016)
Ronnlund H, Elovainio M, Virtanen I, Matomaki J, Lapinleimu H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Reference values for neonatal BAEP and BA recordings using tubal insert phones (2016)
Early Human Development
Jaana Saranto, Helena Lapinleimu, Eeva-Liisa Kärpijoki, Jaakko Matomäki, Mikko Björkqvist, Satu K. Jääskeläinen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The motor profile of preterm infants at 11 y of age (2016)
Pediatric Research
Sirkku Setänen, Liisa Lehtonen, Riitta Parkkola, Jaakko Matomäki, Leena Haataja; on behalf of the PIPARI Study Group
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Associations between attachment-related symptoms and later psychological problems among international adoptees – Results from the FinAdo study (2015)
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Marko Elovainio, Hanna Raaska, Jari Sinkkonen, Sanna Mäkipää, Helena Lapinleimu
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Changes in Attachment-Related Behavioural Problems of Internationally Adopted Toddlers in Finland: Results from the FinAdo Study (2015)
Infant and Child Development
Raaska H, Elovainio M, Lapinleimu H, Matomaki J, Sinkkonen J
A1 Journal article – refereed)

High Lipoprotein(a) Concentrations Are Associated with Impaired Endothelial Function in Children (2015)
Journal of Pediatrics
Lapinleimu J, Raitakari OT, Lapinleimu H, Pahkala K, Ronnemaa T, Simell OG, Viikari JSA
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Perceived Racial/Ethnic Discrimination and Psychological Outcomes Among Adult International Adoptees in Finland: Moderating Effects of Social Support and Sense of Coherence (2015)
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Koskinen M, Elovainio M, Raaska H, Sinkkonen J, Matomaki J, Lapinleimu H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The satisfaction of Finnish adoptive parents with statutory pre-adoption counselling in inter-country adoptions (2015)
European Journal of Social Work
Eriksson PK, Elovainio M, Makipaa S, Raaska H, Sinkkonen J, Lapinleimu H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Antenatal and Postnatal Growth and 5-Year Cognitive Outcome in Very Preterm Infants (2014)
Leppänen M, Lapinleimu H, Lind A, Matomäki J, Lehtonen L, Haataja L, Rautava P
A1 Journal article – refereed)

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