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Our History

Brain Research Society of Finland was founded in 1973 with the aim of advancing the scientific research on the central and peripheral nervous system by bringing together experts from different fields of neuroscience.


The Society organizes Neuroscience Finland events for scientists, and works to improve the collaboration and opportunities for brain research in Finland. The Society is a member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, since 1998). Brain Research Society of Finland is also supporting the Declaration of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain.


The BRSF Board Members represent different fields of clinical and basic neurosciences. Board members are elected for a three year term.

Current board members


Pirta Hotulainen

Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research
Tukholmankatu 8
00290 HELSINKI, Finland


Katja Kanninen

University of Eastern Finland
P.O.B. 1627 (Neulaniementie 2)
FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland



Anni-Maija Linden

P.O. Box 63, 00014 University of Helsinki

Susanne Bäck

Orion Corporation


Tomi Rantamäki,

University of Helsinki, 
Faculty of Pharmacy


Vesa Kiviniemi

University of Oulu &
Oulu University Hospital



Simo Vanni

University of Helsinki
(Clinical neuroscience and neurology)



Marja-Leena Linne

Tampere University 
(Computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics)



Tuomas Rauramaa,

Kuopio University Hospital (Neuropathology)



Soila Kuuluvainen,

University of Helsinki, CBRU
(Cognitive neuroscience)

Anne Panhelainen

University of Helsinki,
Institute of Biotechnology (Neurophysiology)


Mikko Airavaara, Vice chair

University of Helsinki, 
Institute of Biotechnology 

Brain Research Society of Finland

Suomen Aivotutkimusseura ry


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