Pirjo Toivonen

Physiotherapist, Research coordinator

Who are you?
I am a research coordinator in the FICEBO-group working for the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital. I´m also a physiotherapist and since August 2019 I´ve been doing my studies in Faculty of Social Sciences (Bachelor´s Programme in Health Sciences and Master´s Programme in Public and Global Health) at the University of Tampere. So currently I work as a part-timer and mainly with FIDELITY and FIMAGE projects.

Favorite part of your job?
I like to organize things and that is exactly what I get to do. As a research coordinator I have many roles: managing procedures, SOPs, approvals and agreements, data management and collecting, and so on. I also work in the field contacting and taking care of research-patients with our researchers.

Why did you decide to enter your field?
As with many good things, coincidence had a role there. One day over 12 years ago I was available to a job that was needed, a research assistant of two studies in one center. Many things have changed since that.

Who/What inspires you?
My family brings balance to my life. I also agree with Audrey Hepburn that it´s important that you have happiness and laughter in your life.

The most interesting article you’ve read recently?
Most notably there have been articles about how communication and caring – intangibles that are not related to procedures– can affect the healing experience.

My favourite books and why?
I enjoy book´s -among many others- by Jari Tervo, who has written a diversity of books, using very rich language.