Aki Laakso-Bio

Aki Laakso - Bio

Aki Laakso

Research Committee Chair

I am currently the Head of Research and Development of Neurocenter at Helsinki University Hospital (HUH) and the Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at HUH. A specialist in neurosurgery since 2009, my main clinical interests lie in microneurosurgical treatment of intrinsic brain tumors and cerebrovascular neurosurgery.

My scientific background is quite diverse for a clinical microneurosurgeon. I hold the rank of Adjunct Professor (Docent) both in Neurosurgery and Neurobiology. Early in my academic career, my focus was neurobiology of neuropsychiatric diseases, utilizing methods such as neurotransmitter PET imaging in human subjects and biochemical and behavioral analysis of genetically altered mouse strains. Following completion of my PhD thesis, I worked shortly in a pharmaceutical company designing phase II and III trials, before undertaking a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University. During my neurosurgical career, my research has mostly focused on brain arteriovenous malformations, intracranial aneurysms, and surgical techniques. I consider teaching as an essential part of our profession, and have supervised five MD PhD theses, all in neurosurgical topics. I’ve also been part of the EANS Training Course faculty since 2011.

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