Minna Hankaniemi becomes Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow

Submitted on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:52

Minna Hankaniemi from the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences is the only researcher at the University of Tampere to receive funding for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. In all, the Research Council on Health of the Academy of Finland granted EUR 4.9 million in fellowship grants to eighteen postdoctoral researchers for the period of 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2020.

Hankaniemi is working to develop vaccines against Coxsackie B (CVB) viruses, which are causing severe morbidity and mortality. Because there are no treatments or vaccines against these diseases, they have a major impact on health care systems worldwide.

The aim of Hankaniemi’s study is to produce Virus-Like Particle (VLP) vaccines against all six CVB virus types. VLP vaccines are safer, more effective and easier to produce than traditional vaccines.

The funding decision of the Research Council on Health