The Long Life Family Study: Resources and Discoveries in Human Aging

Wednesday, 06/30/2021, 2:00 pm.

Details from RCCN. Register  Required.

Over the last decade, several studies have provided evidence that many centenarians and their offspring delay or escape aging-related diseases such as cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease. While a variety of studies of centenarians have provided evidence for the compression of morbidity and disability, the genetic, molecular, and environmental determinants of this phenomenon remain elusive and the identification of the modifiable factors that allow centenarians to live long and healthy lives is still an open question.

Identifying the multitude of factors associated with long and healthy life will require significant attention, using new and existing data. The goal of this webinar is to describe one such data resource and discuss how it might be used by others to address as yet unanswered questions.

Between 2006 and 2009, the Long Life Family Study enrolled approximately 5000 individuals from longevous families and their spouses with the goal of discovering factors that predispose to healthy aging. Over the years, this study has collected longitudinal data on many aging traits in addition to genetic and molecular biomarkers, and has characterized many factors associated with healthy aging and long life.

The study provides a unique resource for investigators of human aging.

The free, one-hour webinar will describe:

  • What is unique about the Long Life Family Study
  • What resources have been and will be generated in the next 2-3 years
  • What correlates of healthy aging have been discovered in this study
  • Where to get started: data access.
  • Importance of genetics in family studies

A Q&A will follow.

Featuring Presentations by:

Paola Sebastiani, PhD
Biostatistician,
Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts Medical Center

Nancy W. Glynn, PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh

Stacy Andersen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Mary Wojczynski, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Statistical Genomics (DSG), Department of Genetics
Washington University School of Medicine

Michael Province, PhD
Professor, Director of Division of Statistical Genomics (DSG)
Division of Statistical Genomics (DSG), Department of Genetics
Washington University School of Medicine

Moderated by:

Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg
Member, RCCN Executive Committee.
Director, Center for Research on Aging, University of Maryland.
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
University of Maryland School of Medicine; Baltimore, MD.