• Portrait of Tiina Kauppinen
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    Room SR434 – 710 William Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0Z3

    Phone: 204-789-3846

Accepting graduate students

Research themes

  • Neuroscience

Research interests


Research affiliations

Research summary

Dr. Tiina Kauppinen studies how brain resident immune cells, microglia, influence brain function upon health and disease, during development and degeneration. She has shown that microglia responses can lead to chronic neuroinflammation, which promotes synaptic toxicity, neurodegeneration and cognitive deficiency. Her research aims to identify the mechanisms regulating microglial responses in order to harness them to promote brain health and recovery in acute (stroke, traumatic brain injury) and chronic (Alzheimer’s disease) central nervous system disorders, brain tumors and in neurodevelopmental disturbances (fetal exposure to gestational diabetes). Dr. Kauppinen is currently funded by Alzheimer Society, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


Dr. Tiina Kauppinen is an associate professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Manitoba and a principle investigator in the Neuroscience Research Program at Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine, Health Sciences Centre, and researcher at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.

Dr. Kauppinen was born and educated in Kuopio, Finland.

She obtained her master of science in biotechnology and PhD in biotechnology and molecular neuroscience from the University of Kuopio, Finland (currently known as University of Eastern Finland).

She did her postdoctoral training (2002-2006) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), while earning a docent degree in neuroinflammation from University of Kuopio.

She continued in the department of neurology at UCSF as an adjunct assistant professor (2006-2012).



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Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Max Rady College of Medicine
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University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
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