Hannele Laivuori

Dr.  Laivuori is a research coordinator of the Sequencing Intiative Suomi (SISu) project (www.sisuproject.fi), an international collaboration between research groups aiming to build tools for genomic medicine. She is also a group leader and the expert secretary of the Research Council at the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Laivuori’s main research interests are genetics, molecular mechanisms, risk factors and later life implications of common pregnancy disorders such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, which have enormous impact on global public health. These disorders share risk factors with cardiovascular diseases. The adverse intrauterine environment of these disorders may also permanently change the fetal physiology and predispose the offspring to physical and mental complications later in life. She is a principal investigator of the genetic arm of the Prediction and Prevention of Pre-eclampsia (PREDO) study and the Finnish Genetics of Pre-eclampsia Consortium (FINNPEC) and the Pre-eclampsia Family Cohort. In genetic and epigenetic studies of these carefully phenotyped cohorts, she uses latest next generation sequencing methodologies. She has a wide international collaborators network in obstetric medicine including the 7th Framework Programme EU-project InterPregGen, which is the largest investigation on the genetic factors underlying pre-eclampsia to date.

Selected publications

Kaartokallio T, Klemetti MM, Timonen A, Uotila J, Heinonen S, Kajantie E, Kere, J, Kivinen K, Pouta A, Lakkisto P, Laivuori H.Microsatellite polymorphism in the heme oxygenase -1 promoter is associated with non-severe and late-onset preeclampsia. Hypertension 2014; 64:172-177.

Myatt L, Redman CW, Staff AC, Hansson S, Wilson ML, Laivuori H, Poston L,Roberts JM, for the Global Pregnancy CoLaboratory (COLAB). Strategy forStandardization of Preeclampsia Research Study Design. Hypertension. 2014; 63:1293-1301.

 Lokki AI, Heikkinen-Eloranta J, Jarva H, Saisto T, Lokki M-L, Laivuori H, Meri S. Complement activation and regulation in preeclamptic placenta. Front Immunol 2014 Jul 9;5:312. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2014.00312. eCollection 2014.

Morgan L, McGinnis R, Steinthorsdottir V, Svyatocva G, Zakhidova N, Lee WK,Iversen A-C, Magnus P, Walker J, Casas JP, Sultanov S, Laivuori H on behalf of theInterPregGen Consortium. InterPregGen: genetic studies of pre-eclampsia in three continents. Norsk epidemiologi 2014;24:141-146.

Klemetti MM, Laivuori H, Tikkanen M, Nuutila M, Hiilesmaa V, Teramo K. Obstetric and perinatal outcome in type 1 diabetes patients with diabetic nephropathy during 1988-2011. Diabetologia. 2015 Apr;58(4):678-86. doi: 10.1007/s00125-014-3488-1. Epub 2015 Jan 10.

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Job title

Research Coordinator

Areas of expertise

Genetic counseling
Genetics of common pregnancy disorders
Hypertension in pregnancy
Prenatal diagnosis

Started at FIMM



M.D. 1985, University of Helsinki
Ph.D. 1999, University of Helsinki
Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998, University of Helsinki
Specialist in Clinical Genetics 2005, University of Helsinki
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