Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Oulu, Finland
Prof. Savolainen received his MD degree in Oulu in 1975 and subsequently his PhD degree in 1977. Since then he has held several research fellow positions of the Academy of Finland and was also a research fellow at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA, from 1981 to 1983. To date, he has published more than 150 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Savolainen has held several high-profile posts such as the Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Chairman of the Finnish Society of Internal Medicine. In 2006, he was also named the Dean of the Medical Faculty at the University of Oulu. In 2009, he was elected to the Board (Senate) of the University of Oulu.
Prof. Savolainen research interest include Lipoproteins, particularly high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and the factors that regulate the quantity and composition of HDL particles. Evaluation of the role of HDL-associated phospholipids and other bioactive lipids in the prevention of atherosclerosis.