The Ehrnrooth Fellowship

The C. Ehrnrooth Foundation


Dedicated to post-graduate studies, training and research in neurological surgery and diagnostics.


The C. Ehrnrooth Foundation established the Ehrnrooth Fellowship with the purpose of granting scholarships to international fellows engaged in post-graduate studies, training or research at the Clinic of Neurological Surgery of the Helsinki University Central Hospital or the Helsinki University Department of Neurology.  

Scholarships are granted for purposes of funding cost-of-living and travel expenses of one or two visiting fellows for a period of six to twelve months. The amount of the grants is equal to the Finnish state scholarship presently in the amount of 1.600 € per month for a duration of six to twelve months and is paid out in one instalment to the approved fellow upon commencement of his or her stay in Finland.
The fellowship program was initially set up by the former head of the Clinic of Neurological Surgery of the Helsinki University Central Hospital, Professor Juha Hernesniemi. Since his retirement, the pre-selection of the fellows is ensured by the new head of the clinic, Professor Mika Niemelä, on the basis of their excellence and need of training. Each pre-selected candidate then needs to be approved by the Managing Board of The C. Ehrnrooth Foundation.

The following fellows have been supported so far:


  • Dr. Rossana Romani (2010 & 2011) from Italy did her research on a lateral supra-orbital approach. After her post-doc studies she continued to live in Helsinki and started to work at Terveystalo, a company for health and welfare services.


  • Dr. Ali Harati (2011), of German and Iranian nationality, started working at the neurosurgical department of the Knappschaftskrankenhaus in Germany after his studies in Helsinki. In his research he had focused on vascular spinal lesions.


  • Dr. Ahmed Elsharkawy (2011 & 2012) from Egypt focused in his research mainly on middle cerebral artery aneurysms classification, anatomy and surgery. After his post-doc studies in Helsinki he started to work at the Neurosurgery department at the Tanta University in Egypt.


  • Dr. Luis Muñoz Gallegos (2012), of Peruvian nationality, focused in his research on pineal cyst. He also returned to his home country and was employed by the Hospital Clínico Magallanes.


  • Dr. Milton Martinez (2013), of Spanish Nationality investigated on aneurysm wall histology and morphology.


  • Dr. Ferzat Hijazy (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017) from Syria did his research on posterior circulation aneurysms. Dr. Hijazy went back to Syria and started to work at the Harasta National Hospital, the Ministry of Health, and the Damascus Suburb Medical Directory.


  • Dr. Makhkamjon K. Makhkamov (2013) from Utzbekistan returned working as neurosurgeon in the republican scientific center of neurosurgery in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). His primary objective was to learn new methods of microsurgical techniques in micro-neurosurgery, especially in cerebrovascular and skull base lesions.


  • Dr. Rosalia Duarte Avila (2014) from Venezuela improved her knowledge mainly in the field of neurovascular and micro-neurosurgery, by assisting in more than 100 operations. Her aim is to return to Venezuela and to start working in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital Miguel Perez Carreño.


  • Dr. Mardjono Tjahjadi (2014) from Indonesia was involved in more than 400 microneurosurgical cases from the operative preparation, the intra-operative activities and the post-operative evaluations. He continues his PhD thesis in Helsinki. 


  • Dr. Hugo Andrate (2014, 2015 & 2016) is of Venezuelan nationality and contributed during his stage in Helsinki to the construction of the first manuscript on Contralateral approaches for intracranial aneurysms. After finishing his PhD thesis he would like to return to Venezuela and start teaching at the University.


  • Dr. Ahmad Hafez (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020) from Syria is focusing on cerebral AVM (arteriovenous malformation). After finishing his post-doc studies he would like to return to Syria.  


  • Dr. Fransua Sharafeddin (2015 & 2016) from Russia is working on vascular surgeries, and more specifically on vascular pathology of the brain. He wishes to further his studies and including applying them to practical medicine.


  • Dr Danil Kozyrev (2015 & 2016) from Russia is studying micro neurosurgery, collecting and analyzing surgical cases. After the program, he wishes to go back to Russia and apply in practice the knowledge and skills gained.


  • Dr. Joham Choque (2016, 2017 & 2018) from Peru is focusing his research on the pineal cyst, a pathology that can lead to hydrocephalus and that has to be operated in a highly technical context due to the anatomical location of the lesion.


  • Dr. Benham Rezai Jahromi (2016, 2017 & 2018) from Finland is working as first researcher on three projects: Vertebrobasilar Aneurysms, Aneurysm database of Helsinki and Arteriovenous Malformation database of Kuopio.


  • Dr. Soheil Naderi (2018) from Iran studied the latest methods in the treatment of neurosurgical diseases, with a focus on brain tumor surgery. He also participated in a research project focusing on De novo aneurysm formation in young patients. 


  • Dr. Vladimir Zamotin (2021) is of Finnish and Russian nationality and is working on molecular engineering of lipid-based nanoparticles as nanomedical tools to assess the rupture risk of intracranial aneurysm.



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