Copenhagen study on Male Reproductive Health
Developmental Effects of Environment on Reproduction
For publications related to the Copenhagen Study on Male Reproductive Health, see here
In Denmark, all young men, except those suffering from severe or chronic diseases (<15%), are required to attend a medical examination before they may be considered for military service.
In collaboration with the military health authority, young men attending these medical examinations in the greater Copenhagen area in Denmark are asked to participate in The Male Reproductive Health Study. Those men who consented to participate were examined at the Department of Growth and Reproduction at Rigshospitalet, Until now, more than 5000 young men have been included in the study.
For details on the examination, and samples taken, see the column to the left.
The young men are invited irrespective of whether they were declared fit for military service.
Place of residence should be in the greater Copenhagen area
Both the young men and their mothers should be born and raised in Denmark.
The study was approved by ethical committees of the Capital Region (RegionH) and in accordance with the Helsinki II declaration. All participants gave their informed consent.
Senior scientist and Consultant Niels J°rgensen
Anne-Grethe Andersen MD, PhD
Camilla Asklund MD, PhD
Inge Ahlmann Olesen MD
Loa Nordkap MD
Martin Blomberg Jensen MD
Mette Holm MD, PhD
Peter Christiansen MD
Tina Kold Jensen MD, PhD, Prof
Ulla Nordstr÷m Joensen MD
The study gathers the following information:
Degree of masculinization
Produced after a minimum of 48 hours of ejaculation abstinence time.
Total sperm count
FSH and LH
IGF-1 and IGFBP3
DNA and RNA isolation Genetic polymorphisms (androgen receptor variations, IGF polymorphisms, SHOX, R501X, 2282del4)
Whole genome SNP analyses (Affymetrix)
Previous health and growth Socio-economic factors