Aki Havulinna

Aki S. Havulinna, DSc (Tech.), is a Senior Researcher at the Ripatti group. Originally trained as a chemical engineer, he has worked as a statistician throughout his professional career. His work has focused on genetic and other risk factors and risk prediction of chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. At FIMM he will mainly continue studying genetic risk scores for a wide range of disease endpoints to be assembled using register based data. He is currently a joint researcher at FIMM and at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) where he has worked as a statistician (Senior Planning Officer) since 2004, with major focus in managing and analyzing FINRISK data.

Selected publications

Abraham G, Havulinna AS, Bhalala OG, Byars SG, De Livera AM, Yetukuri L, Tikkanen E, Perola M, Schunkert H, Sijbrands EJ, Palotie A, Samani NJ, Salomaa V, Ripatti S, Inouye M. Genomic prediction of coronary heart disease. Eur Heart J. 2016; pii: ehw450. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehw450 [Epub ahead of print]

Lahtinen AM, Havulinna AS, Jula A, Salomaa V, Kontula K. Prevalence and clinical correlates of familial hypercholesterolemia founder mutations in the general population. Atherosclerosis 2015;238(1):64-69.

Lim ET, Würtz P, Havulinna AS, [et al]; Sequencing Initiative Suomi (SISu) Project. Distribution and medical impact of loss-of-function variants in the Finnish founder population. PLoS Genet. 2014 31; 10(7):e1004494.

Havulinna AS. Bayesian age-period-cohort models with versatile interactions and long-term predictions: mortality and population in Finland 1878-2050. Stat Med. 2014;33(5):845-856

Havulinna AS, Kettunen J, Ukkola O, Osmond C, Eriksson JG, Kesäniemi YA, Jula A, Peltonen L, Kontula K, Salomaa V, Newton-Cheh C. A blood pressure genetic risk score is a significant predictor of incident cardiovascular events in 32,669 individuals. Hypertension 2013; 61(5):987-994.

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Job title

Senior Researcher

Areas of expertise

Bayesian statistics
Chronic diseases
Register based studies
Disease mapping

Started at FIMM



MSc (Tech; Chemical engineering), Helsinki University of Technology, 2000
DSc (Tech; Computational engineering), Aalto University, 2011
Last updated: 30.11.2017 - 13:07