Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 15 event at San Diego (GSA) Meeting


We are pleased to share with you some more details about our upcoming November 15 event at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in San Diego:

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM, Room 7A (San Diego Convention Center)
Symposium "Frailty: from the Cell to Society"
L.A. Gavrilov, N.S. Gavrilova  "Familial Factors in Longevity: Exploring Complex Environmental and Genetic Effects"


This study explores the effects of centenarian gender on survival of biological and non-biological relatives of 1,945 validated U.S. centenarians born in 1880-1895.  Male gender of centenarian has significant positive effect on survival of adult male relatives (brothers and fathers) but not female blood relatives.  However this male advantage disappeared when lifespan of siblings of male centenarians was compared to lifespan of siblings of 103-year old females having similar survival percentile.  In this case, sisters of long-lived females lived longer.

This study suggests longevity inheritance through sex-specific mechanisms.  Lifespan of centenarian siblings-in-law was lower compared to lifespan of centenarian siblings and did not depend on centenarian gender.  Wives of male centenarians who share lifestyle and living conditions had a significantly better survival compared to wives of centenarian brothers.  This demonstrates an important role of shared familial environment and lifestyle in human longevity.

Feel free to disseminate this invitation among your colleagues, who may be interested.

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

-- Leonid and Natalia

-- Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
-- Natalia Gavrilova, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
Center on Aging, NORC at the University of Chicago


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