Kirsi Laitinen
PhD, adjunct professor, authorized nutritionist

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedicine (Institute of Biomedicine)

kirsi.laitinen@utu.fi
+358 29 450 2428
+358 50 379 7010

Kiinamyllynkatu 10
Turku




Areas of expertise
nutrition; clinical trials; early life events; E-health; pregnancy; children; obesity; gestational diabetes; allergy; diet; lipids; microbiome; metabolomic

Biography

Kirsi Laitinen is a senior lecturer and adjunct professor at University of Turku, Institute of Biomedicine, Turku, Finland. She completed her PhD in human nutrition at the University of Southampton, UK, in 2000 and was inspired by the tremendous impacts nutrition may have on human health. She has since completed a series of studies in Finland with particular interest in exploring the impacts of nutritional determinants, including probiotics, during pregnancy and breastfeeding on maternal and child health. To date she has contributed about 120 scientific peer reviewed publications to the nutrition field.
Her research centers on relations amongst dietary components, metabolic markers and microbiota with health, the main focus being in early nutrition (mother and child), gut health and Western diseases including obesity, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes and allergy. One field of study is diagnostics involving early biomarkers (microbiota, serum). The active dietary ingredients studied include probiotics and lipids. She has also on-going studies related to dietary intake as well as the development and testing of methods, including E-health, for dietary intake assessment in different groups of individuals, with the primary focus groups being children and pregnant women.



Research

www.utu.fi/nutritionresearch

Worldwide burden of life-style related diseases is tremendous, and vastly contributes to co-morbidities and costs of the society. The impact of the early nutritional environment during pregnancy, lactation and infancy is of vast importance for the health of both the mother and the child. One out of every three pregnant women is overweight or obese. Obesity predisposes women to an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and beyond. One manifestation is an increased incidence of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes in turn predisposes to the development of postpartum type two diabetes and cardiovascular complications, and increases the risk of metabolic disorders and overweight in the child, which continues until adulthood. Pregnancy may be taken as a window of opportunity, defining the health of both the mother and child.
Further, the dietary habits learned in childhood may define the health even in adulthood. Nutrition as a child has been linked to obesity and cardiovascular risk markers in later life. The knowledge how diet and nutritional status in childhood are interrelated and again contribute to health are still not clearly defined. On the other hand, the existing knowledge on diet-health relations, that are already basis for dietary reference values for general population, may be utilized in nutrition and health counselling to advance public health status. For this, we need new means, like short methods for dietary evaluation and E-health approaches that will be developed in the project.
The goal of the research group is to provide scientific basis for the relationship between diet, other lifestyle habits, microbiota and health, focusing on the effects of maternal nutrition on both maternal and child health and to develop new tools to advance lifestyle changes.



Teaching

-Pedagogic qualification of a teacher, Faculty of Education, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, 2010 (60 credits).
-More than fifteen years’ experience in teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate level (at the University of Turku since 2000-) involving curriculum planning and implementation, development of teaching including several pedagogic approaches like problem based learning and use of internet based learning platform. The primary area of teaching is human nutrition.
-Theses supervision: 9 PhD students (three on-going).



Publications
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Body composition measurement by air displacement plethysmography in pregnancy: Comparison of predicted versus measured thoracic gas volume (2019)
Nutrition
Outi Pellonperä, Ella Koivuniemi, Tero Vahlberg, Kati Mokkala, Kristiina Tertti, Tapani Rönnemaa, Kirsi Laitinen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Efficacy of Fish Oil and/or Probiotic Intervention on the Incidence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in an At-Risk Group of Overweight and Obese Women: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial (2019)
Diabetes Care
Pellonperä O, Mokkala K, Houttu N, Vahlberg T, Koivuniemi E, Tertti K, Rönnemaa T, Laitinen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Interactions of dietary fat with the gut microbiota: evaluation of mechanisms and metabolic consequences (2019)
Clinical Nutrition
Mokkala K., Houttu N., Cansev T., Laitinen K.
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Overall Dietary Quality Relates to Gut Microbiota Diversity and Abundance (2019)
International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Laitinen Kirsi, Mokkala Kati
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Perinatal nutrition impacts on the functional development of the visual tract in infants (2019)
Pediatric Research
Normia J., Niinivirta-Joutsa K., Isolauri E., Jääskeläinen S., Laitinen K.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Usual dietary treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus assessed after control diet in randomized controlled trials: subanalysis of a systematic review and meta-analysis (2019)
Acta Diabetologica
Apolonia García-Patterson, Montserrat Balsells, Jennifer M. Yamamoto, Joanne E. Kellett, Ivan Solà, Ignasi Gich, Eline M. van der Beek, Eran Hadar, Eurídice Castañeda-Gutiérrez, Seppo Heinonen, Moshe Hod, Kirsi Laitinen, Sjurdur F. Olsen, Lucilla Poston, Ricardo Rueda, Petra Rust, Lilou van Lieshout, Bettina Schelkle, Helen R. Murphy, Rosa Corco
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Dietary quality influences body composition in overweight and obese pregnant women (2018)
Clinical Nutrition
Outi Pellonperä, Ella Koivuniemi, Tero Vahlberg, Kati Mokkala, Kristiina Tertti, Tapani Rönnemaa, Kirsi Laitinen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Double-Blind Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial Demonstrating Serum Cholesterol Lowering Efficacy of a Smoothie Drink with Added Plant Stanol Esters in an Indonesian Population (2018)
Cholesterol
Lanny Lestiani, Dian Novita Chandra, Kirsi Laitinen, Fransisca Diah Ambarwati, Päivi Kuusisto, Widjaja Lukito
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Diet: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials Examining the Impact of Modified Dietary Interventions on Maternal Glucose Control and Neonatal Birth Weight (2018)
Diabetes Care
Yamamoto JM, Kellett JE, Balsells M, Garcia-Patterson A, Hadar E, Sola I, Gich I, van der Beek EM, Castaneda-Gutierrez E, Heinonen S, Hod M, Laitinen K, Olsen SF, Poston L, Rueda R, Rust P, van Lieshout L, Schelkle B, Murphy HR, Corcoy R
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Overweight and obesity status in pregnant women are related to intestinal microbiota and serum metabolic and inflammatory profiles (2018)
Clinical Nutrition
Houttu N., Mokkala K., Laitinen K.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The impact of probiotics and n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on intestinal permeability in pregnancy: a randomised clinical trial (2018)
Beneficial Microbes
Mokkala K, Pussinen P, Houttu N, Koivuniemi E, Vahlberg T, Laitinen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The impact of probiotic supplementation during pregnancy on DNA methylation of obesity-related genes in mothers and their children (2018)
European Journal of Nutrition
Sanna Vähämiko, Asta Laiho, Riikka Lund, Erika Isolauri, Seppo Salminen, Kirsi Laitinen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Adherence to dietary recommendations modifies gut microbiota richness and composition during pregnancy (2017)
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Laitinen K, Mokkala K, Vahlberg T, Roytio H
(
O2 Other)

Cholesterol lowering efficacy of plant stanol ester in a new type of product matrix, a chewable dietary supplement (2017)
Journal of Functional Foods
Laitinen K, Gylling H, Kaipiainen L, Nissinen MJ, Simonen P
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Dietary intake of fat and fibre according to reference values relates to higher gut microbiota richness in overweight pregnant women (2017)
British Journal of Nutrition
Röytiö H, Mokkala K, Vahlberg T, Laitinen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Evaluation of serum zonulin for use as an early predictor for gestational diabetes (2017)
Nutrition and Diabetes
Mokkala K, Tertti K, Rönnemaa T, Vahlberg T, Laitinen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Gut microbiota aberrations precede diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (2017)
Acta Diabetologica
Kati Mokkala, Noora Houttu, Tero Vahlberg, Eveliina Munukka, Tapani Rönnemaa, Kirsi Laitinen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Impact of Early Nutrition on Intestinal Microbiome: Effects on Immunity and Long-Term Health (2017) Early Nutrition and Long-Term Health - Mechanisms, Consequences, and Opportunities Kirsi Laitinen, Kati Mokkala, Marko Kalliomäki
(
A3 Book chapter)

Increased intestinal permeability, measured by serum zonulin, is associated with metabolic risk markers in overweight pregnant women (2017)
Metabolism
Mokkala K, Pellonpera O, Roytio H, Pussinen P, Ronnemaa T, Laitinen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


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