The Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and Biocenter Oulu of the University of Oulu (UO) provide a multidisciplinary research environment for internationally high-level science, PhD training and a modern research infrastructure. The research group of Lauri Eklund works on endothelial cell and extracellular matrix biology in basic and translational research. He has addressed vascular morphogenesis and identified new mechanisms for endothelial cell extracellular matrix and cell-cell interplay to control vascular integrity, and disease mechanisms causing vascular anomalies. A focus area of the University of Oulu is “Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health”, in which the V.A. Cure training program fits perfectly.