Kirsi Laitinen

Functional Foods Forum;University of Turku;Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry;University of Turku, Finland

Kirsi Laitinen received her M.S. degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland, in 1995. She became an authorised nutritionist in 1996. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. degree in nutrition at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. She became an Adjunct Professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Turku, Turku, Finland, in 2006. Laitinen was pedagogically qualified as a teacher at the Faculty of Education, University of Turku, in 2010. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in food development, Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry and Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku. Her research is focused on maternal and infant nutrition and nutritional determinants of health and risk of chronic life-style-related diseases, particularly allergy and obesity. Expertise in methods include assessment of dietary intake, lipid and vitamin metabolism, and growth and body composition. The major vision is to provide a holistic view of clinical and metabolic nutrition taking into account the possible synergistic effects of dietary compounds as well as behaviour for advancing health in clinical and public health setting. Laitinen published 60 original and review articles, scientific volumes, and textbook chapters in international scientific publications.

Biography Updated on 12 January 2011

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