Irma Järvelä was the first to identify the genetic background of lactose intolerance. She also studies the genetic foundation of musical ability. Her primary interest, however, are serious brain disorders. Why? “Some have asked me bluntly what's the point of studying incurable diseases found in such a small portion of the population,” she says. “Research is all for the good – all findings lead to diagnostics, or finding the cause of a child’s condition.” It’s also about coping in the society – having a diagnosis helps the disabled person in getting support from the authorities.