Rantanen Taina, Professori / Professor

Gerontologia ja kansanterveys / Gerontology and Public Health
VIV 162

Selected earlier employment:

  • 2014-2015 Director of Gerontology Research Center, Universities of Jyväskylä and Tampere
  • 2001-2006 Academy of Finland Research Fellow
  • 2000-2001  Senior Global Health Leadership Fellow, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1997-1998 Visiting fellow. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry Program. Bethesda, MD, USA
  • 1985‑1996, 1999 Different faculty positions within University of Jyväskylä.

Research awards as the principal investigator:

Extensive and continuous experience for over 20 years in leading studies funded by national and international science organizations. 

Ongoing studies:

Active Ageing – Resilience and External Support as Modifiers of the Disablement Process (2016-2021, ERC Advanced grant no 693945); Are older people becoming younger? Cohort differences in perceived age and functional capacity among 75- and 80-year-old people assessed 28 years apart (2017-2021, Academy of Finland grant n:o 310526); Life-Space Mobility and Active Ageing (2015-2018 Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education)

Most important earlier studies funded by Academy of Finland and Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education:

The Finnish Twin Study on Aging; Academy of Finland Research Fellowship; Physiological, psychosocial and genetic factors and health in old age; Academy of Finland Senior Scientist Award; Work, Retirement and Active Aging;  Volunteer work, outdoor activity and wellbeing in older people;  Life-Space Mobility in Older People  

Academic teaching and research training merits:

Responsibility for barchelor, master and doctoral training in Gerontology and Public Health (2005-2017). Extensive experience in supervising postdoctoral fellows and PhD students and serving as an opponent or examiner for PhD thesis. Editor of Gerontology textbook Gerontologia (in Finnish); and author of several textbook chapters nationally and internationally

Editorial Board Member:

Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; Journal of Aging and Frailty; Journal of Aging and Health; European Review of Aging and Physical Activity

Selected honors

  • Sohlberg Nordic Gerontology Prize awarded by the Nordic Gerontology Federation
  • Schildt prize awarded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • Science Information recognition (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Knight (1st class) of the Order of the White Rose
  • Cofounder of Gerontology Research Center as a mutual enterprise of Universities of Jyväskylä and Tampere


Julkaisut Tutkassa / Publications in Tutka

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-1604-1945