Centre for Population Health Research

The University of Turku and the joint municipal authority of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland have established the joint Centre for Population Health Research whose goal is to promote health and well-being by enhancing research and development work on clinic-epidemiological population research.

Centre for Population Health Research

The purpose of the Centre for Population Health Research is to advance multidisciplinary health research focusing on different phases of the life cycle and to develop new modelling methods with the help of which national registers and clinical population research data could be utilised for predicting and promoting population health, well-being, and ability to function. Health in adulthood is affected by lifetime events, such as the conditions during the fetal period and childhood environment. Also the lifestyles of earlier generations and environmental predisposing factors may affect an individual’s health. With the help of intergenerational lifespan studies, it is possible to produce information that can be utilised in assessing individuals’ health risks and planning preventive measures.

The research centre is funded by Turku University Foundation and Academy of Finland (profiling funding).

The joint facilities of the research centre, located at the Medisiina A and B buildings, will be completed in 2021 (address: Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku).

Cohort Studies






Male reproductive health -study
The male reproductive health -study is based on the Boy cohort study. The Boy cohort study includes boys born in 1997 – 2002 in Turku University Hospital and their families. The early phase of the study evaluated the prevalence and risk factors of congenital undescended testis (cryptorchidism) and hypospadias in newborn boys in collaboration with a Danish research group. Part of the cohort boys have participated in a pubertal follow-up study. Currently, an adult-age follow-up of the Boy cohort is on-going. The adult-age follow-up will be performed in collaboration with the Danish research group and it aims at studying the association between early development and reproductive health in young adulthood. Also the fathers of the boys will be invited to participate, since the association between reproductive health of fathers and sons will be evaluated in the study. In addition to the follow-up of the Boy cohort, we study regularly reproductive health in the whole population by inviting 18 – 20 year old young men living in Turku or in the neighboring cities to participate in the male reproductive health study.


SFBC and STEPS Study