Rigshospitalet’s International KFJ Award

Rigshospitalet’s International KFJ Award of DKK 1.5 million is awarded annually thanks to a donation from the Kirsten and Freddy Johansen Foundation.


In 2018 the KFJ award spurs the hunt for the reasons behind poor semen quality. A Danish-Finnish study examines and compares semen from Danish and Finnish fathers and their sons for the first time. The head of the Finnish part of the study, Professor Jorma Toppari, has just received Rigshospitalet's International KFJ Award.

Researchers from Rigshospitalet and the University of Turku in Finland have been working together for more than 20 years on ground-breaking research; among other things research into poor semen quality. The research has indicated that influence from endocrine disruptors in the foetus stage has a negative impact on the adult males’ testicular function, and this is reflected in poor semen quality. Watch video interview with Prof. Jorma Toppari and Anders Juul.

About Rigshospitalet's International KFJ Award
The DKK 1.5 million award includes DKK 1.25 million to be spent directly on research carried out at Rigshospitalet or in close collaboration with Rigshospitalet. The award is presented to an international high-ranking researcher. The researcher should have existing cooperation with one or more international research communities at the hospital, e.g. in the Rigshopitalet’s Centres of Global Excellence. 
The first presentation took place in 2011.

Previous recipients of Rigshospitalet's International KFJ Award
2018 - Professor Jorma Toppari - University of Turku, Finland
2017 - Professor Tom Eirik Mollnes -  University of Tromsø, University of Oslo, Norway
2016 - Dr. John E. Dick - University of Toronto, Canada
2015 - Prof. John C. Burnett Jr - Mayo Clinic, USA.
2014 - Prof. Mary Relling - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA.
2013 - Prof. Søren Bentzen - University of Maryland - School of Medicine, USA.
2012 - Prof. Thomas Olsson - Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.​
2011 - Prof. Bruce R. Rosen - Harvard Medical School, USA.

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