Maria Lankinen

University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition


Maria Lankinen has the title of a docent in the field of nutrition, specialization in lipid metabolism. She is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Eastern Finland. The overall objective of her studies is to investigate gene-diet interactions and molecular pathways linking fatty acid metabolism to inflammation, and type 2 diabetes. Her projects include perspectives from single genotype approaches to overall genetic risk of type 2 diabetes. The heart of her research is a strong expertise in clinical nutrition and diet interventions combined with the cutting-edge metabolomics applications, which together enable in-depth investigation of the effects of diet on human metabolism and health.


Quality of dietary fat – glucose metabolism and low grade inflammation

Does the quality of dietary fat have a role in glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation? What is known about different fatty acids and what kind of fatty acids are recommended in order to have good glucose tolerance and to avoid low-grade inflammation? Is it better to emphasize omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids and does genetic background modify our response to dietary fatty acids? This plenary will give an overview of what is known about these issues and new perspectives of studies related to dietary fat and glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation.