10th Duodecim International Symposium 2018

Multi-level, complex programs aiming to promote physical activity, healthy nutrition and positive mental health: Increasing methodological rigour of effective trials and improving dissemination and implementation.

10th International Symposium was held on 13-15 June 2018 at Sannäs, Porvoo, Finland. Symposium brought together 113 clinicians, junior and senior scientists from Finland and abroad. Thanks to all participants.

What was the symposium about?

The Finnish Society Duodecim and Juho Vainio Foundation organized an international symposium related to intervention research regarding health promotion and chronic disease prevention. In the symposium, the topic was examined from the perspective of  developing and designing health promoting strategies, evaluating their effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and processes using a variety of research designs including field experiments, as well as disseminating and implementing them in clinical practice and elsewhere in society.

The topic of intervening on various health behaviours

  • is relevant to several research groups in Finland, across several health-related behaviours and in a variety of scientific disciplines
  • is an increasingly studied theme, and societally relevant in the future; addressing the need to more effectively translate research into practice
  • will be covered by leading scientists in the area
  • will enable networking of key researchers in Finland to form new research consortia, integrating physical and mental health approaches and interventions

Preceding the symposium Experimental Finland organized the ”Strategic Science with Policy Impact” seminar June 12th, 12–16 pm in House of the Estates in co-operation with Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities, Strategic Research Council’s Health, wellbeing and lifestyles and Skilled employees – Successful labor market programs, The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and Juho Vainio Foundation.

More about the symposium – Watch video in Finnish



  • Professor, Director emeritus Matti Hakama, Finnish Cancer Registry
  • Professor Piia Jallinoja, University of Tampere
  • Professor Meri Koivusalo, University of Tampere
  • Professor Taru Lintunen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Professor Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku
  • Professor Reijo Sund, University of Eastern Finland
  • Professor Janne Martikainen, University of Eastern Finland

Scientific Committee

Assistant Professor, PhD, Chair of the Scientific Committee Nelli Hankonen, Helsinki University
Director General Emeritus Pekka Puska, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Research Director, Adjunct Professor Pilvikki Absetz, University of Eastern Finland
Professor Mikael Fogelholm, Helsinki University
Research Professor Elina Hemminki, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Research Professor Ilmo Keskimäki, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Senior Medical Officer, Adjunct Professor Päivi Santalahti, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Research Professor Antti Uutela, National Institute for Health and Welfare

Organising committee

The members of the scientific committee and following persons:

Head of Education, MD, Chair of the Organising Committee, Juha Pekka Turunen, Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
Development Manager Education, MEd, secretary of the Organising Committee, Miira Karvonen, Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
Secretary General, MD, Matti Rautalahti, Finnish Medical Society Duodecim
CEO,LL.D. , Mikko Mikkola, Juho Vainio Foundation


Professor Margaret Barry, National University of Ireland Galway

Professor Margaret Barry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, National University of Ireland Galway. Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D., holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she is Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research. Professor Barry has published widely in mental health promotion and works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level. Elected as Global Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education from 2007-2010, Professor Barry has extensive experience of coordinating European and international collaborative projects. She has served as Temporary Advisor to WHO and has acted as project leader on major European Union funded initiatives. Professor Barry has served on a number of international and European steering groups, research councils and scientific committees and has acted as expert adviser on mental health promotion policy and research development in a number of countries around the world. She is co-author of the international text Implementing Mental Health Promotion (Barry and Jenkins, 2007), which is currently being revised for a second edition. Professor Barry was re-appointed in 2016 for a second term to the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (20162019). Further CV details.

Dean Kelly Brownell, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Professor Sandra Eldridge, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Sandra Eldridge, Director – Barts and The London Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit. Sandra Eldridge is Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, Queen Mary University of London . Eldridge’s main research interests are cluster randomised trials, complex interventions, and pilot and feasibility studies particularly in primary care. In addition to her methodological research she has led the statistical design and analysis aspects of over 50 studies.

Professor Jill Francis, City, University of London, Division of Health Services Research & Management

Doctor Wendy Hardeman, University of East Anglia, School of Health Sciences

Wendy Hardeman – Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, Health Promotion Research Group, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Wendy’s research uses methods, theory and evidence from health psychology and behavioural science to translate research evidence into clinical practice and policy. Her research focuses on the development and trial evaluation of behaviour change interventions to prevent and manage long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Her interests include very brief, scalable interventions to promote physical activity, the use of mobile health technologies to support behaviour change, process evaluation of complex interventions, intervention fidelity, and the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy v1.

Webpage: www.uea.ac.uk/health-sciences/people/profile/w-hardeman
Email: w.hardeman@uea.ac.uk

Professor Carl May, University of Southampton, Health Sciences

Carl May, Professor of Healthcare Innovation, University of Southampton, UK. Carl leads the Patient Experience, Complexity, and Organisational Behaviour research programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Southampton University. Carl’s work has focuses on developing a richer understanding of the development and implementation of innovative healthcare technologies, and other complex healthcare interventions. His work in this field includes leading the project to develop Normalization Process Theory (NPT). NPT identifies, characterises and explains the operation of mechanisms that motivate and shape implementation, and it has informed more than 200 published implementation studies with many more currently in progress.

Website: carlrmay.com
Website: normalizationprocess.org
Email: c.r.may@soton.ac.uk
Twitter: @carlrmay

Professor, Director  Susan Michie, University College London, Centre for Behaviour Change

Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development, evaluation and implementation. She has also developed innovative methods for intervention reporting and evidence synthesis, working across disciplines such as information science and computer science. She leads the Human Behaviour-Change Project.

Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/health-psychology/people/Susan_Michie
Email: s.michie@ucl.ac.uk
Twitter: @SusanMichie

Professor Brian Oldenburg, The University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health

Professor Brian Oldenburg, Director of the Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne, Australia. Brian Oldenburg is a behavioural scientist and population health researcher. His research focuses on how to improve the prevention and control of chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and co-morbid mental health conditions. He also develops and evaluates new technologies and m-Health interventions to improve health outcomes and wellbeing. Much of his work in recent years has focused on the rapid disease transitions occurring in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. He has current visiting appointments with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Beijing Centre for Disease Control, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Public Health Foundation of India.

Email: boldenburg@unimelb.edu.au

Professor Sharon Simpson, University of Glasgow, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

Sharon Simpson, Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health and leads the Solutions Focussed Research Theme in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. Sharon also leads two streams of work within the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit; one focusing on developing and evaluating complex interventions which has a strong focus on methods, and another which explores how social networks and the resources drawn from social support and connectedness influence health and behaviour and seeks to translate these understandings into novel interventions. Sharon also leads the Population Health Research Facility, which supports the design, planning and delivery of high quality research.

Webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/staff/sharonsimpson/#/biography
Email: sharon.simpson@glasgow.ac.uk

Professor Marc Suhrcke, University of York, Centre for Health Economics, Senior Researcher at the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-economic Research (LISER) since 2017

Professor, Director Robert West, University College London, Department of Behavioural Science and Health

Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group. Professor West advises Public Health England and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Addiction. Professor West’s research includes population studies of smoking and smoking cessation patterns, evaluations of national tobacco control policies, development and evaluation of smoking cessation interventions, and development and testing of behaviour change interventions and theories. He has written several books, including Theory of Addiction, Models of Addiction, and The SmokeFree Formula.