Biomedical Demography


Biomedical demography focuses on patterns of human health, frailty and longevity by linking various biological indicators—including biomarkers, neuroimaging and genomic information—to individual, family and other population data. CPHA Scholars are conducting biomarker and genomic data collection and research on human populations in the U.S. and around the world. 

Illustrative biomedical demographic research includes:

  • Anatoliy Yashin  is identifying  the current time trends of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias with a high level of accuracy. He is  investigating the relationship between the time-trend in AD and the time-trend in cognitive impairment in  U.S. older persons to reconcile their seemingly contradictory patterns and to uncover the role of potential risk factors contributing to variation of these  time trends.

CPHA research scholars in the affiliated Biodemography of Aging Research Unit (BARU) also focus on genome-wide association studies of the biological bases of longevity, using data from many sources including the Framingham Study and the National Long-Term Care Survey, Medicare databases and patient’s electronic health records.