Liisa Myllykangas


Curriculum Vitae



The aim of my research is to 1) identify genetic risk factors for common neurodegenerative disorders in the population-based and neuropathologically characterized Vantaa 85+ Study,  and 2) to characterize familial forms of neurodegenerative disorders both genetically and neuropathologically.



Clinical instructor, Department of Pathology, Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki

Adjunct professor in Applied Neuropathology, University of Helsinki 



M.D. University of Helsinki, 2000

Ph.D. University of Helsinki, Department of Pathology, 2002

Specialist in Pathology, University of Helsinki 2013 

Specialist in Neuropathology, University of Helsinki 2017



Pre-doctoral training:

1996-2002 Graduate student, Neuropathology laboratory, Department of Pathology, University of Helsinki

1998 Special Project Associate, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL, USA


Post-doctoral training: 

2002-04 Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

2004- 2008 Researcher and Group leader, Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Biomedicum Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland



Academy of Finland 2012-2015

Academy of Finland 2016-2020 


Latest publications

  1. A comprehensive screening of copy number variability in dementia with Lewy bodies

    Kun-Rodrigues, C., Orme, T., Carmona, S., Hernandez, D. G., Ross, O. A., Eicher, J. D., Shepherd, C., Parkkinen, L., Darwent, L., Heckman, M. G., Scholz, S. W., Troncoso, J. C., Pletnikova, O., Dawson, T., Rosenthal, L., Ansorge, O., Clarimonm, J., Lleo, A., Morenas-Rodriguez, E., Clark, L. & 48 othersHonig, L. S., Marder, K., Lemstra, A., Rogaeva, E., St George-Hyslop, P., Londos, E., Zetterberg, H., Barber, I., Braae, A., Brown, K., Morgan, K., Troakes, C., Al-Sarraj, S., Lashley, T., Holton, J., Compta, Y., Van Deerlin, V., Serrano, G. E., Beach, T. G., Lesage, S., Galasko, D., Masliah, E., Santana, I., Pastor, P., Diez-Fairen, M., Aguilar, M., Tienari, P. J., Myllykangas, L., Oinas, M., Revesz, T., Lees, A., Boeve, B. F., Petersen, R. C., Ferman, T. J., Escott-Price, V., Graff-Radford, N., Cairns, N. J., Morris, J. C., Pickering-Brown, S., Mann, D., Halliday, G. M., Hardy, J., Trojanowski, J. Q., Dickson, D. W., Singleton, A., Stone, D. J., Guerreiro, R. & Bras, J., Mar 2019, In : Neurobiology of Aging. 75, 10 p., ARTN 223.e1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

    The causes of death of professional musicians in the classical genre

    Kuusi, T., Haukka, J. K., Myllykangas, L. T. & Järvelä, I. E., 25 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Problems of Performing Artists.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Prediction models for dementia and neuropathology in the oldest old: the Vantaa 85+cohort study

    Hall, A., Pekkala, T., Polvikoski, T., van Gils, M., Kivipelto, M., Lötjönen, J., Mattila, J., Kero, M., Myllykangas, L., Mäkelä, M., Oinas, M., Paetau, A., Soininen, H., Tanskanen, M. & Solomon, A., 22 Jan 2019, In : Alzheimer's research & therapy. 11, 12 p., 11.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Pre-examiner of PhD thesis / Anu Pasanen

    Liisa Myllykangas (Pre-examiner)

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  2. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Journal)

    Liisa Myllykangas (Member of editorial board)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  3. Supervisor of PhD thesis / Karri Kaivola

    Liisa Myllykangas (Supervisor)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

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