Simo Taimela

Adjunct professor, Research director

What is your role in FICEBO?
Research Director

Favorite part of your job?
I strongly believe that sharing knowledge is at the core of the progress of medicine. Helping younger colleagues to avoid the same mistakes that I have made is especially rewarding to me.

Why did you decide to enter your field?
I have always been interested in understanding why and how things work. The most useful tools are epidemiology, which helps us better understand disease processes, statistics to efficiently use  quantitative data and to draw appropriate conclusions, and social sciences which leads to better understanding other potential determinants.

Who/What inspires you?
I particularly like working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable colleagues where we help each other learn new things at every interaction.

The most interesting article you’ve read recently?
A paper that shows that accumulated unhealthy behaviors and psychosocial problems in adolescence pose a risk for labor market exclusion in early adulthood. To me this is another indication that we should consider health in a broader context than the biomedical framework and that we should take better care of adolescent health to keep our societies up and running in the longer term

Your favorite book and why?
I don’t have a single favorite book. In my down time I read a lot besides science, varying from Scandinavian crime noir to 20th century history.