Jaakko Kaprio

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology

Hjelt Institute, University of Helsinki

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Helsinki, Finland

Institute for Molecular Medicine (FIMM), University of Helsinki

Jaakko Kaprio, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Research Professor in Behavioral Genetics at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki since 2001. In 2012, he was appointed to a coveted Academy of Finland research professorship for 2013-2017. He has published over 800 original scientific publications. He was Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics (2007-2011).

Dr. Kaprio has worked in epidemiology, in particular genetic epidemiology. His central interests have been in the study of adult non-communicable disease and the development of their behavioral risk factors with a focus on substance use and addictions. In particular genetic and environmental factors affecting smoking, and nicotine dependence have been studied using twin, family and molecular genetic approaches. He has worked with the Finnish Cohort studies since 1976, and with other population-based samples in Finland and has engaged in extensive international collaborations, with researchers in the USA, Europe and globally. He is currently an associate editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Addiction and serves on the editorial board of five other journals. He was President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco European chapter in 2011-201 and has also served as President of the International Society for Twin Studies.