Mikael Knip (MD, PhD) has been a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Helsinki since 2000 and Chief Physician at the HUCH Children’s Hospital up to 2018, as well as a project manager at the Department of Paediatrics, Tampere University Hospital. Currently he works as a Research Director at the University of Helsinki. He graduated from the University of Oulu with a licentiate degree in medicine in 1976 and a doctorate in medicine in 1983.

Professor Knip’s research focuses on type 1 diabetes and other immune-mediated diseases in children and adolescents. He has published more than 600 original papers and over 200 other scientific articles. He has been one of the principal investigators on the Finnish Diabetes Prediction and Prevention (DIPP) study from its start in 1994. 

In 2017, he received the Matti Äyräpää Award for research into the origins of childhood diabetes. Recently he received the J.W. Runeberg Award for pioneering work in the field of type 1 diabetes. He has also received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu, the Johnny Ludvigsson Science Prize in recognition of long-term and successful research into childhood diabetes, and the Maud Kuistila Prize for Merited Educator of Medical Researchers.

Duality of Interest: None declared

Date: Spring 2023