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Pekka PuskaName: Pekka Puska
Official title: Visiting Researcher
Degrees: MD, PhD, MPolSc
Tel. +358 29 524 6101
E-mail:
firstname.lastname@thl.fi
Year of birth: 1945

Education and academic affiliations

  • 1974 Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, epidemiology/public health, University of Kuopio
  • 1971 Licentiate of Medicine, University of Turku
  • 1968 Master of Political Sciences, University of Turku
  • 1985– Adjunct Professor, public health, University of Kuopio
  • 1983– Adjunct Professor, public health, University of Helsinki
  • 1983 visiting scholar, Stanford University

Professional background

  • 2013– Visiting Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
  • 2009–2013 Director General, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
  • 2003–2008 Director General, National Public Health Institute of Finland (KTL)
  • 2001–2003 Director, Department of Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • 2000–2001 Director General, National Public Health Institute of Finland (KTL)
  • 1992–2000 Director, Division of Health and Chronic Diseases, National Public Health Institute of Finland (KTL)
  • 1978–2001 Professor and Director, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, National Public Health Institute of Finland (KTL)
  • 1972–1978 Principal Investigator, North Karelia Project, University of Kuopio

Positions in Finland

  • Numerous expert tasks and positions with many Finnish non-governmental organisations
  • Member of several government committees and working groups in the field of public health and research
  • 2007–2013 Vice-Chair, Board of Alko Inc. (Finnish state alcohol monopoly)
  • 2005–2010 Chair, Board of Directors, Urho Kekkonen Fitness Institute Foundation
  • 2005–2011 Chair, National Nutrition Council 
  • 2004–2009 Chair, Finnish Heart Association; 2004–2008 Chair, Finnish Heart Foundation
  • 2010–2013 Chancellor, University of Turku

International positions

  • 2007–2008 President Elect, 2009–2010 President, 2011–2012 Past President, World Heart Federation (WHF)
  • 2006–2012 Vice President, 2013– President, International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI)
  • 2004–2007 Member, 2008-2009 Vice Chair, 2010–2013 Chair, IARC Governing Council (International Agency for Research on Cancer)
  • 2003 Chair, International Steering Committee, 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Helsinki
  • 1999 Chair, Steering Committee, 2nd European Conference on Tobacco or Health, Gran Canaria, Spain
  • 2011-2013 Chair, Scientific Comittee, 8th WHO Health Promotion Conference, Helsinki 2013
  • 2013 Chair, International Advisory Committee, The Endgame for Tobacco Conference, Delhi

Honours and grants

  • 2008 Rank Prize for Nutrition
  • 2005 Nordic Public Health Award
  • 2004 Recognition Award in Medicine, Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation
  • 2003 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award
  • 2003 John P. McGovern Award, American School Health Association
  • 1999 WHO Tobacco-Free World Award
  • A number of grants from Finland (Academy of Finland, foundations, etc.) and from international organisations (USDA, the EU, etc.)