Harry Scheinin


TOPIC: Using General Anesthesia as a Tool to Study Consciousness


  • MD, PhD, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
  • Adjunct Professor in Pharmacology, University of Turku, Finland
  • Staff Anesthesiologist, Terveystalo Pulssi, Turku, Finland


Harry Scheinin leads the Anesthesia Mechanisms Research Group at the University of Turku, Finland, and has studied the human neurobiology of anesthetic a
gents for 20 years. He is the Principal Investigator of the ongoing Neural Mechanisms of Anesthesia and Human Consciousness project (NCT01889004 and NCT02624401).

Education and Training (selected)

  • M.D., Ph.D. (Pharmacology)
  • Specialist in Clinical pharmacology
  • Specialist in Anesthesiology

Previous Professional Appointments (selected)

  • Medical Director, Farmos Group and Orion Corporation, Turku, Finland                                                                1986−1992
  • Guest Scientist, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden 1994−1995
  • Staff Anesthesiologist and Senior Physician, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland        1997−1999
  • Professor, Drug Discovery and Development, Turku PET Centre, University of Turku               1999−2007

Recent Research Funding

  • Academy of Finland                                                                                                                                                                2013−2017
  • Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation                                                                                                                                 2015−2018


140 peer reviewed original communications, 12 articles in scientific compilations or printed congress reports, 40 review articles and editorials, 9 publications intended for the general public, 16 chapters in textbooks, 5 patents or patent applications, 15 other publications and 137 congress abstracts.

Most important publications

  • Kaisti KK, Långsjö JW, Aalto S, Oikonen V, Sipilä H, Teräs M, Hinkka S, Metsähonkala L, Scheinin H. Effects of sevoflurane, propofol, and adjunct nitrous oxide on regional cerebral blood flow, oxygen consumption, and blood volume in humans. Anesthesiology 2003;99:603-613.
  • Långsjö JW, Alkire MT, Kaskinoro K, Hayama H, Maksimow A, Kaisti KK, Aalto S, Aantaa R, Jääskeläinen SK, Revonsuo A, Scheinin H. Returning from oblivion: imaging the neural core of consciousness; J Neurosci 2012;32:4935-4943.
  • Laitio R, Hynninen M, Arola O, Virtanen S, Parkkola R, Saunavaara J, Roine RO, Grönlund J, Ylikoski E, Wennervirta J, Bäcklund M, Silvasti P, Nukarinen E, Tiainen M, Saraste A, Pietilä M, Airaksinen J, Valanne L, Martola J, Silvennoinen H, Scheinin H, Harjola VP, Niiranen J, Korpi K, Varpula M, Inkinen O, Olkkola KT, Maze M, Vahlberg T, Laitio T. Effect of inhaled xenon on cerebral white matter damage in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA 2016; 315:1120-1128.
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