Biodemography of Aging

The biodemography of aging encompasses genetic and epigenetic effects on biodemography, evolutionary theory, and biodemographic mechanisms underlying decision-making; biological experiments; genomic analysis; data building.  

Project Director:
James Carey (UC Davis)
Description:

This study addresses the question of seasonality of aging in the wild, by examining post-capture activity patterns throughout the remaining lives of wild Drosophila fruit flies.

Project Director:
James Carey (Nematology, UC Davis)
Description:
Carey's primary goal is to build a high-resolution electronic system for monitoring the age-specific and lifetime behavior and spatial activity of Drosophila—one of the work-horse model organisms in biomedical research.
Project Director:
William Dow
Description:

In addition to the regions of Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, the Nicoya region of Costa Rica has been found to be another small, geographically isolated area of the world with exceptional longevity, particularly among men.

Project Director:
William Dow (School of Public Health, UC Berkeley)
Description:

Report on CEDA Pilot:

“Longitudinal Study of SES and Telomeres in Costa Rica”

William H. Dow

Project Director:
Lee Riley (School of Public Health, UC Berkeley)
Description:

This study will determine whether a social network structure can be identified using genetic data from commensal organisms and the relationship between this network and one defined by traditional techniques. The ideal study population would be a closed population with a well-defined social structure.

Project Director:
Kenneth Wachter (Department of Demography, UC Berkeley)
Description:

This project proposes to refine, extend, and apply the statistical approach known as Genome-Wide Complex Trait Analysis (GCTA)to characterize statistical properties of genetic markers affecting longevity and associated outcomes bearing on successful aging.

Project Director:
Robert Page and Olav Ruppell
Description:

The broad objective is to establish a research program on aging in societies of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.), in order to investigate the consequences of advanced sociality on aging.

Project Director:
Kenneth Wachter (Department of Demography, UC Berkeley)
Description:

The project team members have succeeded after long effort in loading the genetic marker data for the HRS GWAS (Health and Retirement Study Genome-Wide Association Study), linking the markers to the variables from the HRS survey data relevant to the research plan, and initiating analyses of risk aversion and hidden heri

Project Director:
Ken Wachter and Jim Carey (UC Davis)
Description:

This research aims to develop an evolutionary demography of lifespan in the wild. The project consists of six sub-projects on the life span.