Katja Pahkala
Adjunct professor / Dosentti


katpah@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4369
+358 50 410 7931

Kiinamyllynkatu 10
Turku





Areas of expertise
Cardiovascular health, prevention, childhood, physical activity, diet, epidemiology, longitudinal studies

Biography

I have devoted my research career to examining early life determinants of cardiometabolic health with the ultimate aim to improve primordial prevention of cardiometabolic diseases.



Research



I am a long-standing senior researcher and the vice director of the Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine (CAPC). I am also the vice principal investigator of the globally unique atherosclerosis prevention trial, the STRIP study (Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project), which commenced in 1990 and has extensively studied the 1062 participants since age 7 months to 20 years with repeated assessment of diet, lifestyle and versatile cardiometabolic health markers. I have supervised doctoral students since 2010 and at present my own research group includes seven doctoral students.



Teaching

I have supervised 10 undergraduate studies and two doctoral studies. Currently I supervise seven doctoral students and one undergraduate student.



Publications
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Coronary heart disease risk factor levels in eastern and western Finland from 1980 to 2011 in the cardiovascular risk in Young Finns study (2019)
Atherosclerosis
Vähämurto L, Pahkala K, Magnussen CG, Hutri-Kähönen N, Kähönen M, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Tossavainen P, Lehtimäki T, Jokinen E, Telama R, Rönnemaa T, Viikari J, Juonala M, Raitakari OT
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Low-saturated-fat and low-cholesterol diet does not alter pubertal development and hormonal status in adolescents (2019)
Acta Paediatrica
Sergey Sadov, Helena E. Virtanen, Katharina M. Main, Anna‐Maria Andersson, Anders Juul, Antti Jula, Olli T. Raitakari, Katja Pahkala, Harri Niinikoski, Jorma Toppari
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Maternal and fetal genetic effects on birth weight and their relevance to cardio-metabolic risk factors (2019)
Nature Genetics
Warrington N.M., Beaumont R.N., Horikoshi M., Day F.R., Helgeland Ø., Laurin C., Bacelis J., Peng S., Hao K., Feenstra B., Wood A.R., Mahajan A., Tyrrell J., Robertson N.R., Rayner N.W., Qiao Z., Moen G.-H., Vaudel M., Marsit C.J., Chen J., Nodzenski M., Schnurr T.M., Zafarmand M.H., Bradfield J.P., Grarup N., Kooijman M.N., Li-Gao R., Geller F., Ahluwalia T.S., Paternoster L., Rueedi R., Huikari V., Hottenga J.-J., Lyytikäinen L.-P., Cavadino A., Metrustry S., Cousminer D.L., Wu Y., Thiering E., Wang C.A., Have C.T., Vilor-Tejedor N., Joshi P.K., Painter J.N., Ntalla I., Myhre R., Pitkänen N., van Leeuwen E.M., Joro R., Lagou V., Richmond R.C., Espinosa A., Barton S.J., Inskip H.M., Holloway J.W., Santa-Marina L., Estivill X., Ang W., Marsh J.A., Reichetzeder C., Marullo L., Hocher B., Lunetta K.L., Murabito J.M., Relton C.L., Kogevinas M., Chatzi L., Allard C., Bouchard L., Hivert M.-F., Zhang G., Muglia L.J., Heikkinen J., Morgen C.S., van Kampen A.H.C., van Schaik B.D.C., Mentch F.D., Langenberg C., Luan J., Scott R.A., Zhao J.H., Hemani G., Ring S.M., Bennett A.J., Gaulton K.J., Fernandez-Tajes J., van Zuydam N.R., Medina-Gomez C., de Haan H.G., Rosendaal F.R., Kutalik Z., Marques-Vidal P., Das S., Willemsen G., Mbarek H., Müller-Nurasyid M., Standl M., Appel E.V.R., Fonvig C.E., Trier C., van Beijsterveldt C.E.M., Murcia M., Bustamante M., Bonas-Guarch S., Hougaard D.M., Mercader J.M., Linneberg A., Schraut K.E., Lind P.A., Medland S.E., Shields B.M., Knight B.A., Chai J.-F., Panoutsopoulou K., Bartels M., Sánchez F., Stokholm J., Torrents D., Vinding R.K., Willems S.M., Atalay M., Chawes B.L., Kovacs P., Prokopenko I., Tuke M.A., Yaghootkar H., Ruth K.S., Jones S.E., Loh P.-R., Murray A., Weedon M.N., Tönjes A., Stumvoll M., Michaelsen K.F., Eloranta A.-M., Lakka T.A., van Duijn C.M., Kiess W., Körner A., Niinikoski H., Pahkala K., Raitakari O.T., Jacobsson B., Zeggini E., Dedoussis G.V., Teo Y.-Y., Saw S.-M., Montgomery G.W., Campbell H., Wilson J.F., Vrijkotte T.G.M., Vrijheid M., de Geus E.J.C.N., Hayes M.G., Kadarmideen H.N., Holm J.-C., Beilin L.J., Pennell C.E., Heinrich J., Adair L.S., Borja J.B., Mohlke K.L., Eriksson J.G., Widén E.E., Hattersley A.T., Spector T.D., Kähönen M., Viikari J.S., Lehtimäki T., Boomsma D.I., Sebert S., Vollenweider P., Sørensen T.I.A., Bisgaard H., Bønnelykke K., Murray J.C., Melbye M., Nohr E.A., Mook-Kanamori D.O., Rivadeneira F., Hofman A., Felix J.F., Jaddoe V.W.V., Hansen T., Pisinger C., Vaag A.A., Pedersen O., Uitterlinden A.G., Järvelin M.-R., Power C., Hyppönen E., Scholtens D.M., Lowe W.L., Jr, Davey Smith G., Timpson N.J., Morris A.P., Wareham N.J., Hakonarson H., Grant S.F.A., Frayling T.M., Lawlor D.A., Njølstad P.R., Johansson S., Ong K.K., McCarthy M.I., Perry J.R.B., Evans D.M., Freathy R.M.; EGG Consortium
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Physical activity from childhood to adulthood and cognitive performance in midlife (2019)
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Hakala J.O., Rovio S.P., Pahkala K., Nevalainen J., Juonala M., Hutri-Kähönen N., Heinonen O.J., Hirvensalo M., Telama R., Viikari J.S., Tammelin T.H., Raitakari O.T.
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Early Growth Genetics (EGG) and EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology (EAGLE) consortia: design, results and future prospects (2019)
European Journal of Epidemiology
Middeldorp CM, Mahajan A, Horikoshi M, Robertson NR, Beaumont RN, Bradfield JP, Bustamante M, Cousminer DL, Day FR, De Silva NM, Guxens M, Mook-Kanamori DO, St Pourcain B, Warrington NM, Adair LS, Ahlqvist E, Ahluwalia TS, Almgren P, Ang W, Atalay M, Auvinen J, Bartels M, Beckmann JS, Bilbao JR, Bond T, Borja JB, Cavadino A, Charoen P, Chen ZH, Coin L, Cooper C, Curtin JA, Custovic A, Das S, Davies GE, Dedoussis GV, Duijts L, Eastwood PR, Eliasen AU, Elliott P, Eriksson JG, Estivill X, Fadista J, Fedko IO, Frayling TM, Gaillard R, Gauderman WJ, Geller F, Gilliland F, Gilsanz V, Granell R, Grarup N, Groop L, Hadley D, Hakonarson H, Hansen T, Hartman CA, Hattersley AT, Hayes MG, Hebebrand J, Heinrich J, Helgeland O, Henders AK, Henderson J, Henriksen TB, Hirschhorn JN, Hivert MF, Hocher B, Holloway JW, Holt P, Hottenga JJ, Hypponen E, Iniguez C, Johansson S, Jugessur A, Kahonen M, Kalkwarf HJ, Kaprio J, Karhunen V, Kemp JP, Kerkhof M, Koppelman GH, Korner A, Kotecha S, Kreiner-Moller E, Kulohoma B, Kumar A, Kutalik Z, Lahti J, Lappe JM, Larsson H, Lehtimaki T, Lewin AM, Li J, Lichtenstein P, Lindgren CM, Lindi V, Linneberg A, Liu XP, Liu J, Lowe WL, Lundstrom S, Lyytikainen LP, Ma RCW, Mace A, Magi R, Magnus P, Mamun AA, Mannikko M, Martin NG, Mbarek H, McCarthy NS, Medland SE, Melbye M, Melen E, Mohlke KL, Monnereau C, Morgen CS, Morris AP, Murray JC, Myhre R, Najman JM, Nivard MG, Nohr EA, Nolte IM, Ntalla I, O'Reilly P, Oberfield SE, Oken E, Oldehinkel AJ, Pahkala K, Palviainen T, Panoutsopoulou K, Pedersen O, Pennell CE, Pershagen G, Pitkanen N, Plomin R, Power C, Prasad RB, Prokopenko I, Pulkkinen L, Raikkonen K, Raitakari OT, Reynolds RM, Richmond RC, Rivadeneira F, Rodriguez A, Rose RJ, Salem R, Santa-Marina L, Saw SM, Schnurr TM, Scott JG, Selzam S, Shepherd JA, Simpson A, Skotte L, Sleiman PMM, Snieder H, Sorensen TIA, Standl M, Steegers EAP, Strachan DP, Straker L, Strandberg T, Taylor M, Teo YY, Thiering E, Torrent M, Tyrrell J, Uitterlinden AG, van Beijsterveldt T, van der Most PJ, van Duijn CM, Viikari J, Vilor-Tejedor N, Vogelezang S, Vonk JM, Vrijkotte TGM, Vuoksimaa E, Wang CA, Watkins WJ, Wichmann HE, Willemsen G, Williams GM, Wilson JF, Wray NR, Xu SJ, Xu CJ, Yaghootkar H, Yi L, Zafarmand MH, Zeggini E, Zemel BS, Hinney A, Lakka TA, Whitehouse AJO, Sunyer J, Widen EE, Feenstra B, Sebert S, Jacobsson B, Njolstad PR, Stoltenberg C, Smith GD, Lawlor DA, Paternoster L, Timpson NJ, Ong KK, Bisgaard H, Bonnelykke K, Jaddoe VWV, Tiemeier H, Jarvelin MR, Evans DM, Perry JRB, Grant SFA, Boomsma DI, Freathy RM, McCarthy MI, Adair LS, Ahlqvist E, Ahluwalia TS, Almgren P, Ang W, Atalay M, Beaumont RN, Beckmann JS, Bisgaard H, Bond T, Bonnelykke K, Boomsma DI, Borja JB, Bradfield JP, Bustamante M, Cavadino A, Charoen P, Coin L, Cooper C, Cousminer DL, Curtin JA, Custovic A, Das S, Day FR, De Silva NM, Dedoussis GV, Elliott P, Eriksson JG, Evans DM, Fadista J, Feenstra B, Felix JF, Frayling TM, Freathy RM, Gaillard R, Geller F, Gilsanz V, Grant SFA, Grarup N, Groop L, Guxens M, Hadley D, Hakonarson H, Hansen T, Hattersley AT, Hayes MG, Hebebrand J, Heinrich J, Helgeland O, Henriksen TB, Hinney A, Hirschhorn JN, Hivert MF, Hocher B, Holloway JW, Horikoshi M, Hottenga JJ, Hypponen E, Jacobsson B, Jaddoe VWV, Jarvelin MR, Johansson S, Kalkwarf HJ, Kerkhof M, Korner A, Kotecha S, Kreiner-Moller E, Kulohoma B, Kutalik Z, Lakka TA, Lappe JM, Lawlor DA, Lehtimaki T, Lewin AM, Lindgren CM, Lindi V, Linneberg A, Liu XP, Liu J, Lowe WL, Ma RCW, Mace A, Magi R, Magnus P, Mahajan A, McCarthy NS, McCarthy MI, Melbye M, Mohlke KL, Monnereau C, Mook-Kanamori DO, Morgen CS, Morris AP, Murray JC, Myhre R, Njolstad PR, Nohr EA, Ntalla I, O'Reilly P, Oberfield SE, Oken E, Ong KK, Panoutsopoulou K, Pedersen O, Pennell CE, Perry JRB, Pitkanen N, St Pourcain B, Power C, Prasad RB, Prokopenko I, Raitakari OT, Reynolds RM, Richmond RC, Rodriguez A, Salem R, Saw SM, Schnurr TM, Sebert S, Shepherd JA, Simpson A, Skotte L, Sorensen TIA, Standl M, Steegers EAP, Strachan DP, Sunyer J, Taylor M, Teo YY, Thiering E, Timpson NJ, Tyrrell J, Uitterlinden AG, van Duijn CM, Vogelezang S, Vrijkotte TGM, Wang CA, Warrington NM, Watkins WJ, Wichmann HE, Widen EE, Willemsen G, Wilson JF, Yaghootkar H, Zafarmand MH, Zeggini E, Zemel BS, Ahluwalia TS, Auvinen J, Bartels M, Bilbao JR, Bisgaard H, Bonnelykke K, Boomsma DI, Bradfield JP, Bustamante M, Chen ZH, Curtin JA, Custovic A, Smith GD, Davies GE, Duijts L, Eastwood PR, Eliasen AU, Estivill X, Evans DM, Fedko IO, Felix JF, Gauderman WJ, Gilliland F, Granell R, Grant SFA, Guxens M, Hakonarson H, Hartman CA, Heinrich J, Henders AK, Henderson J, Holt P, Hottenga JJ, Hypponen E, Iniguez C, Jacobsson B, Jaddoe VWV, Jarvelin MR, Jugessur A, Kahonen M, Kaprio J, Karhunen V, Kemp JP, Koppelman GH, Kumar A, Lahti J, Larsson H, Lawlor DA, Lehtimaki T, Li J, Lichtenstein P, Lundstrom S, Lyytikainen LP, Magnus P, Mamun AA, Mannikko M, Martin NG, Mbarek H, Medland SE, Melen E, Middeldorp CM, Najman JM, Nivard MG, Nolte IM, Oldehinkel AJ, Pahkala K, Palviainen T, Paternoster L, Pennell CE, Pershagen G, Pitkanen N, Plomin R, St Pourcain B, Power C, Pulkkinen L, Raikkonen K, Raitakari OT, Richmond RC, Rivadeneira F, Rose RJ, Santa-Marina L, Scott JG, Sebert S, Selzam S, Simpson A, Sleiman PMA, Snieder H, Standl M, Stoltenberg C, Strachan DP, Straker L, Strandberg T, Sunyer J, Thiering E, Tiemeier HN, Timpson NJ, Torrent M, Uitterlinden AG, van Beijsterveldt T, van der Most PJ, van Duijn CM, Viikari J, Vilor-Tejedor N, Vonk JM, Vrijkotte TGM, Vuoksimaa E, Wang CA, Whitehouse AJO, Willemsen G, Williams GM, Wray NR, Xu SJ, Xu CJ, Yi L, Zafarmand MH, Zafarmand MH
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B1 Journal article)

Youth and Long-Term Dietary Calcium Intake With Risk of Impaired Glucose Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes in Adulthood (2019)
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Feitong Wu, Markus Juonala, Katja Pahkala, Marie-Jeanne Buscot, Matthew A Sabin, Niina Pitkänen, Tapani Rönnemaa, Antti Jula, Terho Lehtimäki, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Mika Kähönen, Tomi Laitinen,Jorma S A Viikari, Olli T Raitakari, Costan G Magnussen
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Both youth and long-term vitamin D status is associated with risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adulthood: a cohort study (2018)
Annals of Medicine
Feitong Wu, Markus Juonala, Niina Pitkänen, Antti Jula, Terho Lehtimäki, Matthew A. Sabin, Katja Pahkala, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Mika Kähönen, Tomi Laitinen, Jorma S. A. Viikari, Costan G. Magnussen, Olli T. Raitakari
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Childhood socioeconomic status and lifetime health behaviors: The Young Finns Study (2018)
International Journal of Cardiology
Elina Puolakka, Katja Pahkala, Tomi T. Laitinen, Costan G. Magnussen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Satu Männistö, Kristiina S. Pälve, Tuija Tammelin, Päivi Tossavainen, Eero Jokinen, Kylie J. Smith, Tomi Laitinen, Marko Elovainio, Laura Pulkki-Råback, Jorma S.A. Viikari, Olli T. Raitakari, Markus Juonala
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Early life determinants of cardiovascular health in adulthood. The Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort study (2018)
International Journal of Cardiology
Pauline Sjöholm, Katja Pahkala, Belinda Davison, Markus Juonala, Gurmeet R. Singh
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Education as a moderator of genetic risk for higher body mass index: prospective cohort study from childhood to adulthood (2018)
International Journal of Obesity
Komulainen K, Pulkki-Raback L, Jokela M, Lyytikainen LP, Pitkanen N, Laitinen T, Hintsanen M, Elovainio M, Hintsa T, Jula A, Juonala M, Pahkala K, Viikari J, Lehtimaki T, Raitakari O, Keltikangas-Jarvinen L
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effect of Dietary Counseling on a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile from Childhood to Adulthood (2018)
Journal of Pediatrics
Miia Lehtovirta, Katja Pahkala, Harri Niinikoski, Antti J. Kangas, Pasi Soininen, Hanna Lagström, Jorma S.A. Viikari, Tapani Rönnemaa, Antti Jula, Mika Ala-Korpela, Peter Würtz, Olli T. Raitakari
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Geographic origin as a determinant of left ventricular mass and diastolic function – the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
L. Vähämurto, M. Juonala, S. Ruohonen, N. Hutri-Kähönen, M. Kähönen, T. Laitinen, P. Tossavainen, E. Jokinen, J. Viikari, O.T. Raitakari, K. Pahkala
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Impact of Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Childhood on the Retinal Microvasculature in Midadulthood: Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2018)
Journal of the American Heart Association
Matthew D. Campbell, Tomi T. Laitinen, Alun Hughes, Katja Pahkala, Markus Juonala, Mika Kähönen, Tien Y. Wong, Terho Lehtimäki, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Olli T. Raitakari, Robyn J. Tapp
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Knowledge, attitude and practice on diet and physical activity among mothers with young children in the Jhaukhel-Duwakot Health Demographic Surveillance Site, Nepal (2018)
PLoS ONE
Natalia Oli, Abhinav Vaidya, Katja Pahkala, Gabriele Eiben, Alexandra Krettek
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Longitudinal effect of 20-year infancy-onset dietary intervention on food consumption and nutrient intake: the randomized controlled STRIP study (2018)
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Laurie A. Matthews, Suvi P. Rovio, Johanna M Jaakkola, Harri Niinikoski, Hanna Lagström, Antti Jula, Jorma S. A. Viikari, Tapani Rönnemaa, Olli Simell, Olli T. Raitakari, Katja Pahkala
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Longitudinal physical activity trajectories from childhood to adulthood and their determinants: The Young Finns Study (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Rovio S.P., Yang X., Kankaanpää A., Aalto V., Hirvensalo M., Telama R., Pahkala K., Hutri-Kähönen N., Viikari J.S.A., Raitakari O.T., Tammelin T.H.
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Maternal and fetal genetic contribution to gestational weight gain (2018)
International Journal of Obesity
Warrington NM, Richmond R, Fenstra B, Myhre R, Gaillard R, Paternoster L, Wang CA, Beaumont RN, Das S, Murcia M, Barton SJ, Espinosa A, Thiering E, Atalay M, Pitkanen N, Ntalla I, Jonsson AE, Freathy R, Karhunen V, Tiesler CMT, Allard C, Crawford A, Ring SM, Melbye M, Magnus P, Rivadeneira F, Skotte L, Hansen T, Marsh J, Guxens M, Holloway JW, Grallert H, Jaddoe VWV, Lowe WL, Roumeliotaki T, Hattersley AT, Lindi V, Pahkala K, Panoutsopoulou K, Standl M, Flexeder C, Bouchard L, Nohr E, Marina L, Kogevinas M, Niinikoski H, Dedoussis G, Heinrich J, Reynolds RM, Lakka T, Zeggini E, Raitakari OT, Chatzi L, Inskip HM, Bustamante M, Hivert MF, Jarvelin MR, Sorensen TIA, Pennell C, Felix JF, Jacobsson B, Geller F, Evans DM, Lawlor DA
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage, risk factors, and diabetes from childhood to middle age in the Young Finns Study: a cohort study (2018)
The Lancet Public Health
Kivimäki Mika, Vahtera Jussi, Tabák Adam G, Halonen, Jaana I, Vineis Paolo, Pentti Jaana, Pahkala Katja, Rovio Suvi, Viikari Jorma, Kähönen Mika, Juonala Markus, Ferrie Jane E, Stringhini Silvia, Raitakari Olli T
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Physical Inactivity from Youth to Adulthood and Risk of Impaired Glucose Metabolism (2018)
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Petri Kallio, Katja Pahkala, Olli J. Heinonen, Tuija Tammelin, Mirja Hirvensalo, Risto Telama, Markus Juonala, Costan G. Magnussen, Suvi Rovio, Harri Helajärvi, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Jorma Viikari, Olli T. Raitakari
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Six-week endurance exercise alters gut metagenome that is not reflected in systemic metabolism in over-weight women (2018)
Frontiers in Microbiology
Eveliina Munukka, Juha P. Ahtiainen, Pere Puigbó, Sirpa Jalkanen, Katja Pahkala, Anniina Keskitalo, Urho M. Kujala, Sami Pietilä, Maija Hollmén, Laura Elo, Pentti Huovinen, Giuseppe D'Auria, Satu Pekkala
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A1 Journal article – refereed)


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