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About me

Active in Clinical and Research Sperm  Laboratory since 1978, at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, and at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Women's Hospital 2001-2005

 

 

Education

M.D. 1982; Ph.D. 1986 (Karolinska Institutet). Swedish Licence as Physician 1990, Specialist in Clinical Chemistry 1992

 

Research description

Quality in Basic Semen Analysis, development of international standards including committee work at the WHO and ISO.

Teaching portfolio

Extensive experience from teaching physiology and most aspects of basic medicine to different categories of students. Since 1995 involved in development of standardized training courses on WHO and ESHRE recommended techniques for reliable analysis of human semen.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Hon Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine, University of Birmingham, 2003-2005. Associate Editor, Human Reproduction 2010-14; twice awarded "top-ten" reviewer of manuscripts for Human Reproduction, Member of editorial committees of Andrology and Asian Journal of Androloy.

 

Publications

The diagnosis of male infertility: an analysis of the evidence to support the development of global WHO guidance-challenges and future research opportunities
Barratt Clr, Björndahl L, De Jonge Cj, Lamb Dj, Osorio Martini F, Mclachlan R, et al
Human reproduction update 2017;23(6):660-680

Compliance with recommendations for reliable semen analysis results - a matter of importance for patients and scientific development
Björndahl L
Andrology 2016;4(5):771-2

'How to count sperm properly': checklist for acceptability of studies based on human semen analysis
Björndahl L, Barratt Cl, Mortimer D, Jouannet P
Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2016;31(2):227-32

Evolving minimum standards in responsible international sperm donor offspring quota
Janssens Pm, Thorn P, Castilla Ja, Frith L, Crawshaw M, Mochtar M, et al
Reproductive biomedicine online 2015;30(6):568-80

Structure of chromatin in spermatozoa
Björndahl L, Kvist U
Advances in experimental medicine and biology 2014;791():1-11

Methods for sperm concentration determination
Björndahl L
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 2013;927():3-12

Proposal of guidelines for the appraisal of SEMen QUAlity studies (SEMQUA)
Special Interest Group In Andrology Of The European Society Of Human Reproduction And Embriology, Sánchez-pozo Mc, Mendiola J, Serrano M, Mozas J, Björndahl L, et al
Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2013;28(1):10-21

What should it take to describe a substance or product as 'sperm-safe'
Mortimer D, Barratt Cl, Björndahl L, De Jager C, Jequier Am, Muller Ch
Human reproduction update 2013;19 Suppl 1():i1-45

Acceptable variability in external quality assessment programmes for basic semen analysis
Palacios Er, Clavero A, Gonzalvo Mc, Rosales A, Mozas J, Martinez L, et al
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2012;27(2):314-22

A model for the importance of zinc in the dynamics of human sperm chromatin stabilization after ejaculation in relation to sperm DNA vulnerability
Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
SYSTEMS BIOLOGY IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE 2011;57(1-2):86-92

A novel approach to study zinc-bridge dependent and disulfide-bridge dependent stability for the protection of sperm DNA
Ekwurtzel E, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2011;:I141-I142

Disulfide bridges induced by zinc extraction changes the access to native and single stranded sperm DNA and is undetected by the defragmentation index
Houska P, Dackland Al, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2011;:I137-I138

ENZYMATIC, TEMPERATURE DEPENDANT, PROGRESSIVE INCREASE IN SEMEN OSMOLARITY DURING STORAGE
Holmes E, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2011;:87-88

ESHRE special interest group for andrology basic semen analysis course: a continued focus on accuracy, quality, efficiency and clinical relevance
Barratt Clr, Bjorndahl L, Menkveld R, Mortimer D
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2011;26(12):3207-12

Rapid postejaculatory change in osmolarity is related to prostatic factors and may affect sperm selection and sperm cryopreservation for ART
Holmes E, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2011;:I139-I139

Strategies for calculating allowable limits of error in external quality assessment programmes with respect to sperm concentration
Palacios E, Gonzalvo Mc, Clavero A, Ramirez Jp, Rosales A, Mozas J, et al
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2011;:I145-I146

[Swedish Andrological Society apropos the criticism of the testosterone campaign: men have righteous expectations for health care within andrology]
Giwercman A, Pousette A, Arver S, Abramsson L, Link K, Björndahl L, et al
Lakartidningen 2011;108(48):2514-

[Swedish Andrological Society on testosterone: misunderstood, mythical and a part of men's health]
Arver S, Giwercman A, Link K, Pousette A, Abramsson L, Björndahl L, et al
Lakartidningen 2011;108(50):2665-6

What is normal semen quality? On the use and abuse of reference limits for the interpretation of semen analysis results
Bjorndahl L
HUMAN FERTILITY 2011;14(3):179-86

Human sperm chromatin stabilization: a proposed model including zinc bridges
Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
MOLECULAR HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2010;16(1):23-9

Sperm chromatin structure assay and classical semen parameters: systematic review
Castilla Ja, Zamora S, Gonzalvo Mc, Del Castillo Jdl, Roldan-nofuentes Ja, Clavero A, et al
REPRODUCTIVE BIOMEDICINE ONLINE 2010;20(1):114-24

Sperm DNA: organization, protection and vulnerability: from basic science to clinical applications-a position report
Barratt Clr, Aitken Rj, Bjorndahl L, Carrell Dt, De Boer P, Kvist U, et al
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2010;25(4):824-38

The usefulness and significance of assessing rapidly progressive spermatozoa
Bjorndahl L
ASIAN JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2010;12(1):33-5

CAN SPERM CHROMATIN PACKAGING INFLUENCE RESULTS OF SPERM DNA INTEGRITY MEASURES? RESULTS OF ACRIDIN ORANGE FLOW CYTOMETRY
Pettersson G, From-bjork M, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2009;:108-109

CAN SPERM CHROMATIN PACKAGING INFLUENCE RESULTS OF SPERM DNA INTEGRITY MEASURES? RESULTS OF THE COMET ASSAY
Tu J, Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2009;:42-42

CAN SPERM CHROMATIN PACKAGING INFLUENCE RESULTS OF SPERM DNA INTEGRITY MEASURES? RESULTS OF THE TUNEL ASSAY
Madelaine Bjork, Bjorndahl L, Zakeri A, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2009;:40-41

Evaluation of a disposable plastic Neubauer counting chamber for semen analysis
Kirkman-brown J, Bjorndahl L
FERTILITY AND STERILITY 2009;91(2):627-31

Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes
Sandell J, Palmgren Pj, Björndahl L
Journal of chiropractic medicine 2008;7(2):39-47

[The information contained in a semen analysis]
Björndahl L, Haugen Tb
Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke 2008;128(3):320-3

Development of a novel home sperm test
Bjorndahl L, Kirkman-brown J, Hart G, Rattle S, Barratt Clr
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2006;21(1):145-9

Reply: Development of a novel home sperm test - temperature range
Bjorndahl L, Connelly T, Kirkman-brown J, Barratt C
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2006;21(11):3028-3029

Reply: Development of a novel home sperm test - What are the limitations?
Bjorndahl L, Brown Jk, Barratt Clr
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2006;21(11):3030-3031

Contamination by seminal plasma factors during sperm selection
Bjorndahl L, Mohammadieh M, Pourian M, Soderlund I, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2005;26(2):170-3

Protein tyrosine phosphorylation, hyperactivation and progesterone-induced acrosome reaction are enhanced in IVF media: an effect that is not associated with an increase in protein kinase A activation
Moseley Flc, Jha Kn, Bjorndahl L, Brewis Ia, Publicover Sj, Barratt Clr, et al
MOLECULAR HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2005;11(7):523-9

Semen analysis: Setting standards for the measurement of sperm numbers
Bjorndahl L, Barratt Clr
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2005;26(1):11-

Raising standards in semen analysis: Professional and personal responsibility
Bjorndahl L, Tomlinson M, Barrattt Clr
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2004;25(6):862-3

Sperm proteome mapping of a patient who experienced failed fertilization at IVF reveals altered expression of at least 20 proteins compared with fertile donors: Case report
Pixton Kl, Deeks Ed, Flesch Fm, Moseley Flc, Bjorndahl L, Ashton Pr, et al
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2004;19(6):1438-47

Why the WHO recommendations for eosin-nigrosin staining techniques for human sperm vitality assessment must change
Bjorndahl L, Soderlund I, Johansson S, Mohammadieh M, Pourian Mr, Kvist U
JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2004;25(5):671-8

Accuracy of sperm-cervical mucus penetration tests in evaluating sperm motility in semen: a systematic quantitative review
Ola B, Afnan M, Papaioannou S, Sharif K, Bjorndahl L, Coomarasamy A
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2003;18(5):1037-46

Evaluation of the one-step eosin-nigrosin staining technique for human sperm vitality assessment
Bjorndahl L, Soderlund I, Kvist U
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2003;18(4):813-6

Sequence of ejaculation affects the spermatozoon as a carrier and its message
Björndahl L, Kvist U
Reproductive biomedicine online 2003;7(4):440-8

ESHRE basic semen analysis courses 1995-1999: immediate beneficial effects of standardized training
Bjorndahl L, Barratt Clr, Fraser Lr, Kvist U, Mortimer D
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 2002;17(5):1299-305

Semen analysis and external quality control schemes for semen analysis need global standardization
Cooper Tg, Bjorndahl L, Vreeburg J, Nieschlag E
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY 2002;25(5):306-11

Evaluation of a one-step eosin-nigrosin staining method for human sperm vitality assessment
Bjorndahl L, Kvist U
HUMAN REPRODUCTION 1998;:143-144

RAPID AND SLOW HYDROXYLATORS OF SEMINAL E-PROSTAGLANDINS AMONG MEN IN BARREN UNIONS
Pourian Mr, Kvist U, Bjorndahl L, Oliw Eh
ANDROLOGIA 1995;27(2):71-9

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