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Marja-Riitta Taskinen


Marja-Riitta Taskinen is an Emerita Professor of Medicine at the Cardiovascular Research Group, Heart and Lung Centre, at Helsinki University Central Hospital. Currently she leads her research team at Biomedicum Helsinki focusing on lipoprotein kinetics in health and lipid disorders and genetics of familial dyslipidemias. Prof. Taskinen’s team is a member of the Research Program Unit, Diabetes & Obesity Research program at the University of Helsinki.

Professor Taskinen has over 400 original publications and over 100 reviews and chapters. Her outstanding achievements have been recognized by several international awards including the Claude Bernard Award (EASD 2002), Edwin Bierman Award (ADA 2004) and Novartis Award (2006). She has been involved in activities of European Atherosclerosis Society (President of EAS 2006-2008) and IAS (International Atherosclerosis Society) as well as of the EASD and IDF (International Diabetes Federation). Professor Taskinen was a member of the task force on “ESC guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular diseases” developed in collaboration with the EASD in 2013. She also continues as a member of the EAS/ESC Guidelines committee on Management of dyslipidemias and EAS Consensus Paper Panel. Her group is currently a partner in a EU-project RESOLVE (FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1), which started in 2013. Professor Taskinen is also a member of NIH (1R01HL113315-01) funded consortium “Genomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Finnish Familial Dyslipidemia Families” that started in 2012.

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