Professor Juha Peltonen, MD, PhD works in the Cancer Research Unit, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku, Finland. He has devoted to neurofibromatosis research since early 1980’s.
Dr. Peltonen received degrees of MD (1981) and PhD, (1985) “Connective tissue in von Recklinghausen’s neurofibromatosis” at the University of Turku. He then moved to the USA to serve as postdoc and later as associate professor, Jefferson Institute of Molecular Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. On returning to Finland in 1990, Dr. Peltonen has worked as professor at the Universities of Oulu and Turku. The cellular composition and development of dermal neurofibromas, and skeletal manifestations in NF1 have been interests of Dr. Peltonen. More recent approaches include total population analyses of cancer in NF1. Dr. Peltonen’s group has established the Finnish Neurofibromatosis Registry which is the first total population based and comprehensive neurofibromatosis registry (JID 135:904-906, 2015). The Finnish NF Registry has enabled analyses on e.g. the distinctive cancer associations in patients with NF1 (JCO 34:1978-1986, 2016), and elucidation of the natural history of NF1. These aspects of NF1 research include, e.g. the comorbidities, incidence and survival.