Mathieu Leporini, Science and Higher Education Attaché, Institut français de Finlande; and Martti Hyvönen, president of the medical association Coccyx

The first Café Scientifique of 2018 will be held on Thursday the 15th of February from 5pm at the Institut français (Yrjönkatu 36, 3rd floor). The aim of those Cafés Scientifiques is to regularly gather the French-speaking and Francophile scientific community of Finland in a casual atmosphere, and to initiate new encounters between participants and to exchange on our joint projects.

For the first edition of the year, we invite you to a special Café Scientifique focused on “Medecine” in partnership with the Coccyx association to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first departures of Finnish medical students in France.


5.00: Welcoming words and introduction of the speakers
5.10: “Pregnancy is a window on women’s health” by Risto Kaaja (Professor in Internal Medicine, University of Turku)
5.40: “Daily healthcare in France and in Finland” by Riitta Heiskanen (Doctor)
6.10-7.00: Reception

This event will take place in French.

If you wish to attend this free event, please register by writing to:

Risto Kaaja

Pr. Risto Kaaja got his high-school diploma from the French-Finnish school in Helsinki in 1971 and pursued medical studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Lille in France. He completed his Doctoral Thesis in Lille in 1978, and specialized in internal medicine in 1986 in Helsinki, where he completed his second thesis in 1985. He became a University lecturer in 1996 at the University of Helsinki. He obtained his specialty for hypertension treatment (European Society of Hypertension) in 2001 and for diabetology in 2002. He worked as a consulting internist at the maternity of the Helsinki university hospital for 22 years (1996-2008) and was appointed Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Turku in 2009. He has been an opponent for ten thesis, including two abroad, and a directed nine. Professor Kaaja has been a member of several medical associations, both local and international. In 2015, he was appointed President of the Finnish Society of Internal Medicine. Professor Kaaja published over 200 original papers and 50 magazines. He is mainly interested in the link between chronic diseases and pregnancy complications (diabetes, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia…)

Pregnancy is a source of great stress for the female body. It is a state of immunotolerance, hypervolemia, acquired thrombophilia and resistance to insulin which is a test for several organs. The appearance of diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy can be the first symptom of the metabolic syndrome and is the manifestation of an increase in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Risto Kaaja, professor in Internal medicine at the University of Turku with his presentation “Pregnancy is a window on women’s health”
Doctor Riitta Heiskanen talking about “Daily healthcare in France and in Finland”