Oulu University Professor of Medicine Arja Rautio, who specialises in Arctic research, explains how chemicals accumulate in the north and cause a range of global issues. She goes on to discuss topics such as suicide rates in the north, health, how the north is a good indicator of the state of the earth, and how research can make a difference.
Hailing from Rovaniemi, north of the Arctic Circle, Professor Arja Rautio - a lover of nature - is particularly interested in the interaction between people and nature. Ms Rautio graduated from University of Oulu as a Licentiate of Medicine in 1981, and also completed her postgraduate studies in Oulu. In her work in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, one of her research topics is the interaction between medicines and the damage they can cause.