Riita Helena Salmelin - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 1995 Docent (Applied Physics), Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Department of Information Technology
  • 1989 Doctor of Technology, HUT, Department of Information Technology
  • 1985 Diploma engineer, HUT, Department of Technical Physics

Professional appointments

  • 2006-2011 Academy Professor, Academy of Finland
  • 2002- Professor, Helsinki University of Technology
  • 2001- Chief research scientist, Brain Research Unit (BRU), Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL), HUT
  • 2000-2001 Senior research scientist, BRU, LTL, HUT
  • 1995-2000 Senior research scientist, Academy of Finland
  • 1996 (1 mo) Visiting professor, Department of Neurology,Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1991-1995 Senior research scientist, BRU, LTL, HUT
  • 1990-1991 Visiting scientist, Commissariat d'Energie Atomique, Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • 1982-1990 Research scientist, LTL, HUT

Supervision of students

  • 11 MSc degrees: Karin Portin (physics), Kimmo Uutela (mathematics), Katri Kiviniemi (speech pathology), Jan Kujala (physics), Mia Liljeström (applied electronics), Marianne Inkinen (cognitive technology), Mikko Viinikainen (mathematics), Hannu Laaksonen (physics), Johanna Uusvuori (physics/medicine), Kaisa Hytönen (physics), Antti Jalava (physics)
  • 1 MSc degree in preparation: Timo Saarinen (psychology)
  • 6 PhD theses: Karin Portin (physics), Päivi Helenius (psychology), Katja Biermann (psychology; Germany), Antti Tarkiainen (physics), Tiina Parviainen (psychology); Jan Kujala (physics)
  • 6 PhD theses in preparation: Mia Liljeström (applied electronics), Annika Hultén (psychology), Hannu Laaksonen (physics), Johanna Vartiainen (physics, medicine); Leena Karvonen (psychology); Antti Jalava (physics)

Other scientific activities (2000 –)

  • 2009 Editor, Human Brain Mapping Special Issue on Electromagnetic Brain Imaging
  • 2009-2010 Member, Organizing Committee, Neurobiology of Language (USA)
  • 2008, 2010 Member, ERC Advanced Grant evaluation panel
  • 2007 External reviewer, appointment of Assistant Professor in Neurocognition of Language, University of Potsdam (Germany)
  • 2006-2008 Programme Committee, Education Chair, Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • 2006-2007 Member, Organizing Committee, The science of aphasia VIII (Italy)
  • 2006-2008 Organizer, MEG/EEG Course, Human Brain Mapping conference (2006 Italy, 2007 USA, 2008 Australia)
  • 2006 Opponent for PhD thesis, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) *2006 Member, Scientific Committee, ISBET 2006 (Italy)
  • 2005-2008 Member, Wellcome Trust Neurosciences and Mental Health Funding Committee (UK)
  • 2005 Member, Scientific Committee, ISBET 2005 (Switzerland)
  • 2005 Member, Joint MRC/Wellcome Trust Review Panel of the Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Centre (UK)
  • 2004-2005 Organizer, MEG/EEG Course, Human Brain Mapping 2005 (Canada)
  • 2004-2005 Chair, Organizing Committee, The science of aphasia VI (Finland)
  • 2004 Member, Organizing Committee, NorFA symposium: Time-sensitive neuroimaging of language function (Finland)
  • 2004 Member, Scientific Committee, The science of aphasia V (Germany)
  • 2004 Session organizer, 14th Internat. Conference on Biomagnetism (USA)
  • 2003-2004 Member, Organizing Committee, Academia Europaea, 16th Annual Conference (Finland)
  • 2003 Member, International Review Committee, Research School of Behav Cogn Neuroscience, Univ of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2003 Member, Scientific Committee, The science of aphasia IV (Italy)
  • 2001-2002 Member, Scientific Committee, Euresco Conference: The science of aphasia III (Italy)
  • 2000-2001 Member, Organizing Committee, Symposium: Optimising fMRI experiments (Finland)
  • 2000 Opponent for PhD thesis, Tampere Univ of Technology (Finland)
  • 2000 Member, Organizing Committee, Neuroscience Finland 2000
  • 2000 Member, Scientific Committee, ISBET 2000 (Germany)

Membership in scientific societies

Brain Research Society of Finland, European Neuroscience Association (ENA), Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
By election only:
  • 2009- Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • 2002- Academia Europaea
  • 2002- Academia Rodinensis Pro Remediatione

International awards

  • 2003 Philips Nordic Prize for Research on Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • 2000 Wiley Young Investigator Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping

International grants

  • 2003-2007 James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Research Award, principal investigator
  • 2003-2006 ESF Network Grant, partner
  • 2000-2003 EU FP5, partner
  • 1997-2000 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), principal investigator

National grants

  • 2006-2011 Academy of Finland, Center of Excellence programme, vice-director
  • 2006-2009 Academy of Finland, Neuro2005 programme, partner
  • 2003-2011 Sigrid Jusélius Foundation, principal investigator
  • 2003-2005 Academy of Finland, Life as Learning programme, partner
  • 2000-2003 Academy of Finland, Life2000 programme, partner
  • 2000-2005 Academy of Finland, Center of Excellence programme, partner

Reviewer for scientific journals

Multiple journals in the fields of neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience, incl. Brain, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroimage, Neuron, PLoS Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science

Member of editorial board (2000 –)

  • 2008- Brain Topography
  • 2003- Human Brain Mapping (Associate Editor)
  • 2002-2007 Neuroimage

Reviewer for grant applications

Academy of Finland, Human Frontier Science Program, Medical Research Council (UK), National Science Foundation (USA), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, The Wellcome Trust (UK)

Publication record

  • 101 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • 89 invited talks in international meetings

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