Johan Eriksson, MD, PhD

Professor of general practice
University of Helsinki

Johan Eriksson is a specialist in Internal Medicine and General Practice and he is professor of General Practice at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses upon early programming of health and disease as well as on the prevention of type 2 diabetes by lifestyle intervention. He has been closely involved in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study which was the first randomized study to show that lifestyle intervention is effective in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. In 1994 he initiated the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study (HBCS) and he has been the principal investigator of that study from the beginning. Professor Eriksson is also involved in studies focusing upon the importance of early growth in contemporary cohorts, including the Finnish Radiel study which aims to assess the effect of a lifestyle intervention before and during pregnancy on maternal and child health.

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