Åbo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) is a Swedish-language university with about 7,000 students and 1,100 employees.

At ÅAU, neuroscience is most strongly represented in the work of two research groups: the Kinase Function in Brain project led by Research Director Eleanor Coffey at the Turku Biotechnology Center, and the BrainTrain project led by Professor Matti Laine at Åbo Akademi University’s Psychology Unit.

The Marie Curie Initial Training Network’s Brain Imaging Return to Health (r’BIRTH), headed by the Coffey Research Group, brings together nine research organizations across Europe. The consortium examines neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and brain structural changes in depression and anxiety disorders using high-resolution imaging and proteomics. The work also involves the development of optogenetic tools. In addition, the research group examines neural circuits underlying psychiatric diseases using fiberphotometry, funded by the Academy of Finland; further, they are working to identify mechanisms and biomarkers underlying Parkinson’s disease, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Business Finland.

 

BrainTrain is one of Åbo Akademi’s four leading research projects funded by the Åbo Akademi Foundation. The project examines working memory and the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in training working memory. In addition, the mental architecture of executive functions and the links between bilingualism and executive functions are being explored.

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More about the Coffey Research Group

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More about the Coffey Research Group

Coffey: https://www.abo.fi/?p=42766&preview=true

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More about the Laine Research Group

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More about the Laine Research Group

http://mfaa.abo.fi/article/cognitive-f%E2%80%8Aitness/ (vanhat ja periaatteessa kuopatut
sivut, typo otsikossa) sekä vähän uudempi ja lyhyempi juttu: https://www.abo.fi/en/news/the-
outcomes-of-a-month-long-memory-training-can-be-achieved-in-30-minutes-if-the-strategy-is-
right/

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Eleanor Coffey

  • eleanor.coffey@abo.fi
  • +358 40 182 2424

Matti Laine

  • matti.laine@abo.fi
  • +358 46 921 9168