Markus Juonala

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Areas of expertise
Internal medicine; endocrinology; cardiovascular risk


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

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). 


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

Special interest areas: Acute internal medicine, endocrinology, lipidology


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