Pirjo Toivonen

Physiotherapist, Research coordinator

Who are you?
I am a research coordinator and physiotherapist at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital

Favorite part of your job?
I like to organize things and luckily 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.  For some of our longer-term studies I also work in the field contacting and taking care of research-patients with our researchers.
Our team is great, full of diverse personalities but all working in the same direction and towards similar goals.

Why did you decide to enter your field?
As with many good things happen, I didn’t exactly plan to be here.  One day over 10 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 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 from:
Jari Tervo, who has written a diversity of books, using very rich language.
Satu Rämö: Islantilainen voittaa aina (Icelander always wins) Comical tales about real living in Iceland.
Eppu Nuotio: who writes crime thrillers.
Anna-Leena Härkönen:  Emotional and very personal writing with great variety.