Akseli Hemminki

Appendix cancer Bile duct cancer Bone sarcoma Breast cancer Colonic and rectal cancer Gastrointestinal tract cancer and pancreatic cancer Kidney cancer Liver cancer Lung cancer Mediastinal tumors Melanoma Mesothelioma Oesophageal and cardial cancer Pancreatic cancer Prostate cancer Skin cancer Soft tissue sarcomas Stomach cancer Urinary bladder cancer

Specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiotherapy
M.D., Ph.D., Adj. Prof.

Language proficiency: 

Finnish, English

Areas of special expertise: 

Immunological treatment of all solid cancer types, especially melanoma, ovarian cancer, bladder and urinary tract cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and gastrointestinal cancers.


Receiving adult patients with cancer diagnosis or suspicion of cancer. International clinical research trials.

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91-99 Medical student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland.
95-98 Graduate School in Medical Genetics, University of Helsinki, Finland.
5 Oct 99 – 7 Oct 07 Oncology specialization program, University of Helsinki, Finland.
5 Jan 00 – 31 Aug 01 Post-doctoral trainee, Division of Human Gene Therapy, UAB, USA.
6 Sep 00 – 31 Dec 01 Clinical Research Training Program, UAB, USA.
7 Feb 05 Good Clinical Practice training program and certification test, Helsinki.
17 Sep 07 Helsinki Biomedical Graduate School leadership training.
19 Sep 07 – 7 May 08 University pedagogics training course (10 credits), University of Helsinki.

Work experience 

  • 18 May – 31 Jul 98 Physician (Resident), Kuusankoski Hospital, Internal Medicine and ER.
  • 31 Jul 98 – 31 Jan 99 Physician (Resident), Kuusankoski Hospital Emergency Room, 40-80 h/mo
  • 1-31 Jan 99 Assistant (Intern), Department of Oncology, HUCH.
  • 1-28 Feb 99 Assistant (Intern), II Department of Surgery, HUCH.
  • 7 Jun - 7 Dec 99 General Practitioner (Resident), Järvenpää Health Center and ER.
  • 2 Jan 03 – 7 Oct 07 Resident, Department of Oncology, HUCH.
  • 1 Aug 06 – 30 Jun 08 Consultant. Transplantation Laboratory, HUSLAB, Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH). Part time.
  • 12 Nov 07 - Specialist in oncology. Docrates international comprehensive cancer center, Helsinki, Finland. Part time.
  • 1 Jul 08 – 28 Feb 10 Senior physician, HUSLAB, Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH). Part time.

Scientific activities 

My research team studies immunotherapy of cancer, especially oncolytic immunotherapy. The laboratory studies are aimed at clinical trials for cancer patients. More than 320 cancer patients have been treated with the oncolytical viruses developed by our research team. The viruses have been studied in four clinical trials and one experimental treatment program.



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