HANNU KOKKI, Research Director, MD, PhD, Associated Professor in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, Finland.
He was qualified from University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland. He has a specialist degree on Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. Professor Kokki has two subspecialties: Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Professor Kokki was appointed for the Research Director in Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. Here had a professorship in Anaesthesiology 2009-2018 in University of Eastern Finland. Before that he had worked in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine in Kuopio University Hospital, as an acting professor in Clinical Pharmacology in University of Eastern Finland, Chief Medical Officer in National Agency for Medicine among other duties.

Professor Kokki is an expert for European Medicine Evaluation Agency and for National Patients Insurance Company in Finland. He has been a member of Scientific Committee on Pharmacology for European Society of Anaesthesiologists. He has been an active member for publishing several Current Care Guidelines; Pain, Preoperative Preparation and Hip Fracture.

Professor Kokki has published 209 original articles, 20 review articles, 49 chapters in books and presented 150 abstracts in Scientific Meetings. He has guided 15 Doctoral Thesis, and 51 Master Thesis in Medicine and 28 Master Thesis in Pharmacy. At the moment professor Kokki has 10 thesis students.

Professor Kokki has acted as an invited speaker at numerous of International Conferences and Meetings, and he acts as a reviewer for several International Scientific Journals.

Current focus on professor Kokki’s research is in magnesium and menthol. His group is evaluating transdermal Mg++ absorption and mechanisms how menthol enhance the permeation. In menthol research his focus is on it’s use in pain management and on recovery after exercise. At the moment he is focusing more on prehabilitation and rehabilitation before and after surgery and trauma. His group is doing research on robotic assisted walking rehabilitation – use of exoskeletons and body-weight-supported walking exercise machines. His group is still active on research on analgesics: opioids, NSAIDs and paracetamol, central nervous system permeation, pharmacokinetics in special patients groups and population pharmacokinetic modelling. He is doing also some basic research on pregnant sheep model in close collaboration with professor Juha Räsänen group. He works also on postoperative pain and patients’ outcome after different type of surgical procedures. His special emphasis is on long term recovery after surgery – how to prevent the transition from acute into chronic pain.