Markus Juonala
Professor

Professor, Internal Medicine (Department of Clinical Medicine)

mataju@utu.fi
+358 29 450 2754
+358 50 478 3572








Areas of expertise
Internal medicine; endocrinology; cardiovascular risk

Biography

Professor Markus Juonala (MD,
PhD, University of Turku) is a specialist in internal medicine and
endocrinology at the Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. Since 2001, he
has been conducting research on longitudinal studies examining the importance
of childhood risk factors on later cardiovascular health. His PhD work was
based primarily on the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (University of
Turku, April 2005). Since 2008, he has had a major involvement in the
development of the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C)
Consortium that combines the efforts of the main longitudinal studies
worldwide. In June 2014, he was appointed as Professor of Internal Medicine at
the University of Turku. In 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 he has been working as the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Fellow in Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
(MCRI). 

His career
publications total is 270 (h-index 44) with published highlights including a
first-author paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first-ranked
general medicine journal, one paper in JAMA, the third-ranked general medicine
journal and 30 papers (11 as first/last author) published in either the number
one, two, or three ranked cardiovascular disease journals (17 in Circulation,
five in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, eight in the
European Heart Journal). 



Research

Professor Juonala’s
principal research focus has been to provide novel information on the effects
of childhood risk factors on cardiovascular health in adulthood. Beginning from
the summer of 2008 he has led a research group within the Young Finns Study and
i3c consortium with special interest on cardiometabolic risk factors. The most
important findings of his research have provided information on childhood and
early adulthood risk factors for atherosclerosis, suggesting that childhood
risk factors, such as dyslipidaemia, elevated blood pressure and smoking,
predict early atherosclerosis and its progression independent of adult risk
factors levels. Concerning cardiometabolic risk factors, his group has been
able to show that overweight and metabolic syndrome diagnosed either in childhood or adulthood
is predictive of carotid atherosclerosis and its progression in adulthood.
However, at the time of obesity epidemic, the most important findings concern
the reversibility of cardiovascular risk. His work has demonstrated that although overweight and metabolic syndrome are predictive of early atherosclerosis, favourable changes
in lifestyle associated with weight maintenance or reduction improve
cardiovascular health.

 




Teaching

Teaching responsibilities: 1) Internal medicine for medical students, 2) Internal medicine specialisation programme for MDs

Special interest areas: Acute internal medicine, endocrinology, lipidology

  



Publications
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Interleukin-18 gene polymorphism and markers of subclinical atherosclerosis. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Annals of Medicine
Atherosclerosis
Hernesniemi J A, Heikkilä A, Raitakari O T, Kähönen M, Juonala M, Hutri-Kähönen N, Marniemi J, Viikari J, Lehtimäki T
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Levels of asymmetrical dimethylarginine are predictive of brachial artery flow-mediated dilation 6 years later. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Päivä H, Kähönen M, Lehtimäki T, Alfthan G, Viikari J, Laaksonen R, Hutri-Kähönen N, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Raitakari O T, Juonala M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Lifetime Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Arterial Pulse Wave Velocity in Adulthood: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Circulation
Aatola H, Koivistoinen T, Hutri-Kähönen N, Juonala M Mikkilä V, Lehtimäki T, Viikari J S A, Raitakari O T, Kähönen M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Lifetime Risk Factors and Arterial Pulse Wave Velocity in Adulthood. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Hypertension
Aatola H, Hutri-Kähönen N, Juonala M, Viikari J S A, Hulkkonen J, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Lehtimäki T Raitakari O T, Kähönen M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Life-time risk factors and progression of carotid atherosclerosis in young adults: the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study (2010)
European Heart Journal
Juonala M, Viikari JS, Kähönen M, Taittonen L, Laitinen T, Hutri-Kähönen N, Lehtimäki T, Jula A, Pietikäinen M, Jokinen E, Telama R, Räsänen L, Mikkilä V, Helenius H, Kivimäki M, Raitakari OT
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Metabolic Syndrome and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Young Adults: Roles of Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I, C-Reactive Protein, and Secretory Phospholipase A2. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Mattsson N, Magnussen C G, Rönnemaa T, Mallat Z, Benessiano J, Jula A, Taittonen L, Kähönen M, Juonala M, Viikari J S A, Raitakari O T
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Pediatric metabolic syndrome predicts adulthood metabolic syndrome, subclinical atherosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes mellitus but is no better than body mass index alone: the Bogalusa Heart Study and the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. (2010)
Circulation
Magnussen CG, Koskinen J, Chen W, Thomson R, Schmidt MD, Srinivasan SR, Kivimäki M, Mattsson N, Kähönen M, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Rönnemaa T, Viikari JS, Berenson GS, Juonala M, Raitakari OT
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Polymorphism in the IL10 promoter region and early markers of atherosclerosis: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Atherosclerosis
Heiskanen M, Kähönen M, Hurme M, Lehtimäki T, Mononen N Juonala M, Hutri-Kähönen N, Viikari J, Raitakari O, Hulkkonen J
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Relation of non-cholesterol sterols to coronary risk factors and carotid intima-media thickness: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Atherosclerosis
Miettinen T A, Gylling H, Hallikainen M, Juonala M, Räsänen L, Viikari J, Raitakari O T
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Sex differences in the combined effect of chronic stress with impaired vascular endothelium functioning and the development of early atherosclerosis: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study (2010)
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Chumaeva N, Hintsanen M, Juonala M, Raitakari OT, Keltikangas-Järvinen L
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Systemic hemodynamics in young adults with the metabolic syndrome: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Annals of Medicine
Koivistoinen T, Aatola H, Hutri-Kähönen N, Juonala M, Viikari J S A, Laitinen T Taittonen L, Lehtimäki T, Kööbi T, Raitakari O T, Kähönen M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Tracking of Noninvasive Ultrasound Measurements of Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Adulthood: Findings from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (2010)
Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
Raiko J R, Magnussen C G, Kähönen M, Laitinen T, Taittonen L, Viikari J S, Raitakari O T, Juonala M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-26-08 at 02:20