Institution and research group

The FinProg project was initiated 1997 and devised by investigators working at the Department of Oncology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish Cancer Registry was contacted to identify breast cancer patients diagnosed in Finland in 1991 and 1992. Oncologists working in the five university hospitals of Finland (the Helsinki, Kuopio, Oulu, Tampere and Turku University Hospitals) were also contacted to obtain individual hospital case report data from the hospitals.

The hospital case reports were read by health care professionals and the resulting hospital case-report data were matched with the data obtained from the Finnish Cancer Registry, the Population Register Centre and Statistics Finland before entered into the FinProg database.

The project was lead and coordinated by researchers working at the Helsinki University, who assembled the FinProg database and connected it to the current website. The tumor tissue arrays were also prepared at the FinProg research laboratory in Helsinki for further analysis of prognostic parameters.


The FinProg Research Group:

University of Helsinki
  Heikki Joensuu
  Johan Lundin
  Mikael Lundin
  Tiina Lehtimäki
  Harri Sihto

University of Kuopio
  Vesa Kataja

University of Oulu
  Taina Turpeenniemi-Hujanen

University of Tampere
  Jorma Isola
  Kaija Holli

University of Turku
  Liisa Elomaa
  Liisa Pylkkänen