Monday, December 22, 2008

Season Greetings!

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Dear Friends,

Our Season Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year to you!

Season Greetings!

When a New Year approaches, we often try to summarize what has happened during the ending year.

This year our longevity studies have received a prestigious award from the US National Institute on Aging (R01 award from NIA), allowing us to continue and expand the longevity research for 5 more years.

Our longevity research project was subjected to a rigorous peer-review process at NIA, and it was rated as being among the best 5 % of the approved (scored) proposals. We are excited and inspired !

Happy New Year!

Also this year our research team has published the following papers on aging and longevity topics:

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A.    Aging Populations: Russia/Eastern Europe.    In: P. Uhlenberg (Editor), International Handbook of the Demography of Aging, New York: Springer-Verlag, March 1, 2009 (In Press).

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A.    Genetic Influences in Later Life.   In: D. Carr (Editor), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, Gale Cengage, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.     Mortality Measurement at Advanced Ages: A Study of the Social Security Administration Death Master File.   Living to 100 and Beyond: Survival at Advanced Ages [online monograph]. The Society of Actuaries, 2008, 32 pages

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A.     Can exceptional longevity be predicted?   Contingencies [Journal of the American Academy of Actuaries], 2008, July/August issue, pp. 82-88.

Gavrilova N.S., Semyonova V.G., Dubrovina E., Evdokushkina G.N., Ivanova A.E., Gavrilov L.A.     Russian Mortality Crisis and the Quality of Vital Statistics.   Population Research and Policy Review, 2008, 27: 551-574.

Gavrilova N.S., Gavrilov L.A.     Physical and Socioeconomic Characteristics at Young Age as Predictors of Survival to 100: A Study of a New Historical Data Resource (U.S. WWI Draft Cards).   Living to 100 and Beyond: Survival at Advanced Ages [online monograph]. The Society of Actuaries, 2008, 23 pages.

Gavrilov LA, Gavrilova NS.     The Science of Staying Young [Book Review]. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2008, 83(4): 420-421.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.    Evolution in Health and Disease [Book Review]. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2008, 359(17): 1856-1857.

Gavrilov LA, Gavrilova NS.     Aging: The Paradox of Life: Why We Age [Book Review]. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2008, 83(3): 325-326.

Gavrilov LA, Gavrilova NS.     The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans [Book Review]. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2008, 83(1): 107-107.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.     The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life [Book Review]. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2008, 358(20): 2187-2188.
We hope perhaps you may find some of these publications interesting.

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Russian mortality

Also this year we gave invited talks at:
-- International Symposium "Living to 100 and Beyond: Survival at Advanced Ages", Orlando, Florida.

-- United Nations (UNPFA) Seminar "Contemporary Methods of Mortality Analysis", Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

-- 2008 Chicago Actuarial Association Workshop, Chicago, USA

As well as scientific presentations at:

-- Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA

-- Population Association of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA

This year we have developed and taught a new course at the University of Chicago:
"Demography of Russia and the Former Soviet Union"
(SOCI 20182), Spring 2008
Also in July this year we attended a fascinating international scientific meeting related to the topic of life extension and aging prevention in Stockholm, Sweden, which brought together leading scientists from Sweden, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia and Germany (including one Nobel laureate).

If you are interested in our lectures and/or scientific cooperation, please contact us at:


Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Kind regards,
Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Wishlist of Longevity Researcher

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Here is my Wish list for this Holidays:

Update of December 15, 2008:
All listed books are ordered now.
Software and hardware items are still to be ordered


Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Step by Step

Visual Studio 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Ivor Horton's Beginning Visual C++ 2008

MySQL Cookbook

MySQL (4th Edition) (Developer's Library)

High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More

MATLAB: An Introduction with Applications

Excel for Scientists and Engineers: Numerical Methods

Data Analysis Using SQL and Excel

Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly))

A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics, Second Edition

Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata, Second Edition

An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, Second Edition

A Handbook of Statistical Analyses Using Stata, Fourth Edition

Generalized Latent Variable Modeling: Multilevel, Longitudinal, and Structural Equation Models

Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Approach, Second Edition (Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Introduction to Applied Bayesian Statistics and Estimation for Social Scientists (Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences)


Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

H&R Block TaxCut 2008 Premium Federal + State + e-file


SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ6-016G-A11, Retail Package)

Acer V173B 17" LCD Monitor

Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch Mini Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1.0 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, XP Home) Blue

Western Digital My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDME3200TN (Midnight Black)

Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black)

Western Digital WD5000KSRTL Caviar 500 GB SATA Hard Drive

Antec MX-100 3.5" USB Aluminum Enclosure for SATA Hard Drive

Western Digital 500GB 3.5", SATA, 16MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive WD5000AAKS

Western Digital Scorpio 320 GB 2.5-inch Bulk/OEM Hard Drive WD3200BEVT

StarTech SAT2510U2 InfoSafe 2.5-Inch USB/SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device

AMERICAN POWER CONVERSION ~:~ Back-UPS CS Battery Backup System Six-Outlet 350 Volt-Amps

HP Q5949X Black Toner Cartridge (HP LaserJet 1320)
(for home printer)

Brand New HP Q7553A, 53A, Q7553X laser toner cartridge Compatible for Laserjet P2015, P2015d, P2015dn, P2015x, Black Color, 3500 Page Yield. ONLY SOLD BY: Best Deal Toner
(for office printer)

Canon D340 Digital Copier Laser Printer

Canon S35 Toner Cartridge for Canon D300 series, D320, and L170

Samsung CLP-315W Color Laser Printer

Toner Value Pack

Brother IntelliFax-4100e High Speed Business-Class Laser Fax

Compatible Brother Tn460, Tn-460 (Tn430, Tn-430) High Yield Toner Cartridge Brother DCP-1200, DCP-1400, Fax-4750, Fax-5750, Fax-8350P, Fax-8360P, Fax-8750P, HL-1030, HL-1230, HL-1240, HL-1250, HL-1270N, HL-1435, HL-1440, HL-1450, HL-1470N, HL-P2500, Intellifax 4100, Brother Intellifax 4100e, Intellifax 4750, Intellifax 4750e, Intellifax 4750p, Intellifax 5750, Intellifax 5750e, Intellifax 5750p, MFC-8300, MFC-850, MFC-8500, MFC-8600, MFC-8700, MFC-9600, MFC-9650, MFC-9660, MFC-9660 N, MFC-9700, MFC-9750, MFC-9760, MFC-9800, MFC-9850, MFC-9860, MFC-9870, MFC-9880, MFC-9880 N, MFC-P2500, PPF-4750, PPF-5750

Belkin F3U133-10 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable (10 Feet)

Belkin F3U133-16 USB 2.0 A/B Cable (16 Feet)

Garmin nu"vi 350 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Aiptek PJV11X PocketCinema V10 Portable Projector (Silver)

Sandisk SDSDB-4096-A11 4 GB Secure Digital High Capacity Flash Card

SanDisk 2GB SD Memory Card (SDSDB-2048, Bulk Package)

RESPeRATE Blood Pressure Lowering Device

Canon CanoScan 4400F Color Image Scanner (1306B002)

Calcifood 100 Wafers

B6-Niacinamide 90 Tablets


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