Juha P. Rasanen


Dr. Rasanen is actively involved in research focusing on placental insufficiency, fetal cardiovascular physiology and inflammation during pregnancy both in experimental models and in human pregnancies. Together with Dr. Grigsby, they are characterizing the fetal physiological adaptations to intra-uterine infection at intermediate and advanced stages of infection, and in response to maternal drug therapy. In national and international forums he has been invited to teach the examination of fetal cardiac anatomy and function by ultrasound. His clinical interests include ultrasound in pregnancy with special interest in fetal heart physiology and development.


Dr. Rasanen received his medical degree from University of Oulu in Finland. He completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oulu in 1993. His doctoral studies focused on human fetal cardiovascular physiology in pregnancies complicated by maternal diabetes or preeclampsia. During post-doctoral fellowship in Philadelphia (1994-1998), he focused on human fetal cardiac function with a special interest on pulmonary circulation and its regulation in normal pregnancies and in pregnancies with abnormal lung development. He returned to Finland in 1998 and worked mainly for the Academy of Finland as a Senior Research Fellow until 2006. Dr. Juha Räsänen is a newly appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU and Associate Scientist at ONPRC.


Acharya G, Räsänen J, Mäkikallio K, Erkinaro T, Kavasmaa T, Haapsamo M, Mertens L and Huhta JC. Metabolic acidosis decreases fetal myocardial isovolumic velocities in a chronic sheep model of increased placental vascular resistance. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 294:H498-504, 2008.

Mäkikallio K, Räsänen J, Mäkikallio T, Vuolteenaho O and Huhta JC. Human fetal cardiovascular profile score and neonatal outcome in intrauterine growth restriction. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 31:48-54, 2008.

Huilaja L, Hurskainen T, Autio-Harmainen H, Hofmann SC, Sormunen R, Räsänen J, Ilves M, Franzke CW, Bruckner-Tuderman L and Tasanen K. Pemphigoid gestationis autoantigen, transmembrane collagen XVII, promotes the migration of cytotrophoblastic cells of placenta and is a structural component of fetal membranes. Matrix Biol 27:190-200, 2008.

Girsen A, Ala-Kopsala M, Makikallio K, Vuolteenaho O and Rasanen J. Fetal cardiac natriuretric peptide secretion is increased in pregnancies complicated by maternal type-1 diabetes. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 87:307-312, 2008.

Tahkola J, Räsänen J, Sund M, Mäkikallio K, Autio-Harmainen H and Pihlajaniemi T. Cardiac dysfunction in transgenic mouse fetuses overexpressing shortened type XIII collagen. Cell Tissue Res, 2008 (in press)

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