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Juho Joutsa, MD, PhD

Juho Joutsa, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education History:
Ph.D., University of Turku, Finland
M.D., University of Turku, Finland

Juho received his MD in 2009, PhD in 2012 and title of docent (adjunct professor) in experimental neurology in 2015 from University of Turku, Finland. Before moving to Boston, Juho worked as a neurology resident at Turku University Hospital. In 2016, he was awarded Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding, which aims to support the most promising Finnish researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degree. Currently, Juho is pursuing postdoctoral research on combining neuromodulation and neuroimaging techniques in MGH/HST/MIT Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and BACNBS at Harvard Medical School.

Research Interests:

Juho's work has focused around the brain dopamine system and neuroimaging. He is interested in combining neuromodulation with multimodal neuroimaging techniques, attempting to gain more insight to the human neurobiology and brain disorders. In particular, he is interested in investigating the pathophysiology and potential novel treatment methods for behavioral addictions and non-motor symptoms of neurological disorders.

Selected Publications:

  1. Majuri J, Joutsa J, Johansson J, Voon V, Alakurtti K, Parkkola R, Lahti T, Alho H, Hirvonen J, Arponen E, Forsback S, Kaasinen V. Dopamine and opioid neurotransmission in behavioral addictions: A comparative PET study in pathological gambling and binge eating. Neuropsychopharmacology. In press.
  2. Joutsa J, Johansson J, Noponen T, Seppänen M, Kaasinen V. Dorsal-to-ventral shift in midbrain dopaminergic projections and increased thalamic/raphe serotonergic function in early Parkinson’s disease. J Nucl Med. 2015;56(7):1036-41.
  3. Joutsa J, Voon V, Johansson J, Niemelä S, Bergman J, Kaasinen V. Brain dopamine function and inter-temporal choice. Transl Psychiatry. 2015;5:e491.
  4. Joutsa J, Johansson J, Niemelä S, Ollikainen A, Hirvonen MM, Piepponen P, Voon V, Arponen E, Alho H, Rinne JO, Hietala J, Kaasinen V. Mesolimbic dopamine release during gambling is linked to symptom severity in pathological gambling. NeuroImage. 2012;60(4):1992-9.
  5. Joutsa J, Martikainen K, Niemelä S, Johansson J, Forsback S, Rinne JO, Kaasinen V. Increased medial orbitofrontal [18F]fluorodopa uptake in Parkinsonian impulse control disorders. Mov Disord. 2012;27:778-82.

Personal Interests/Hobbies

Juho spends most of his free time with his lovely wife and two small children. He also enjoys running and sailing.

Personal Goals:

Juho's professional goal is to improve the understanding of the neurobiological effects of neuromodulation techniques and apply these techniques to improve patient care. After postdoctoral training, he plans to complete his residency and establish his own research group in Finland.