Studies

 

Study Descriptions

Centenarian Daphne Brann, 110, exercising her right to vote! Daphne Brann, 110, exercising her right to vote

The Genetics of Longevity Study

The Genetics of Longevity Study is a nationwide survey of centenarians and their siblings. We examine potential genes they may have in common and other lifestyle factors that could influence the ability to achieve extreme old age. Participation involves health and family history questionnaires, as well as a small blood donation for the genetic aspect of the study. To enter the study we ask that the subject be 105+ years old. If the potential subject has living siblings, then a younger centenarian may be eligible.

 

Betty Colleran, 70, and mother Elizabeth Stanton, 100, together looking at family photographs.

Betty Colleran, 70, and mother Elizabeth Stanton, 100, together looking at family photographs.

 The Genetics of Longevity Study: Offspring Study

The Genetics of Longevity Study: Offspring Study looks at children of centenarians and their spouses. We believe they may be a valuable group to study for genetic and environmental factors contributing to the ability to live to very old age in good health. We also enroll children’s spouses as a control group.

 

Dirk Struik, a leader in ethnomathematics, at his home at age 104.

Dirk Struik, a leader in ethnomathematics, at his home at age 104.

The Genetics of Longevity Study: Neuropsychological Study

The Genetics of Longevity Study: Neuropsychological Study assesses cognitive function because we believe Alzheimer’s Disease is either markedly delayed, or even absent in some subjects. Approximately 30% of our subjects consent to donate their brains for detailed study after they have passed away.

If you or a family member(s) could be eligible to participate in one of our studies, please contact us.

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