Longevity Research Program
Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD leads the Longevity Research Program’s study of dietary protein and cardiovascular health.
A joint enterprise of Washington University School of Medicine and Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), the Longer Life Foundation has as its mission:
To fund and support the study of factors that either predict the mortality and morbidity of select populations or influence improvements in longevity, health, and wellness.
For more than 20 years, the Longer Life Foundation has awarded grant funding to investigators with novel ideas for advancing their research addressing topics related to the Foundation mission. We look to fund research studying determinants of long-term prognoses for common human ailments. Preference is given to clinical research that involves the potential for new discoveries rather than the implementation of existing therapeutic strategies. The Longer Life Foundation also funds studies that investigate methods to improve disease prognosis or prevent ailments from occurring, thereby improving quality and quantity of life. However, these studies should involve diseases that are specifically known either to shorten life expectancy or pose a significant risk for shortening life. We are interested in individual pilot and feasibility studies as well as pilot projects that are a component of larger or established studies, such as analyses of existing databases.
Dominic Reeds, MD, with the administrative support of Rachel Hauck, provides overall supervision of the Longer Life Center (LLC). Dr. Reeds also directs the Longer Life Foundation (LLF) Enrichment and Dissemination Program and works with Dan Zimmerman, MD, on education programs, position papers and opportunities for hosting international fellows. David Alpers, MD, directs the Research Program, including chairing the Scientific Review Committee (SRC), presenting the SRC’s reports to the LLF Advisory Group and mentoring grantees who are young investigators.
The Scientific Review Committee, which reviews grant applications, consists of a multidisciplinary group of Washington University faculty, members of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), and other prominent industry medical directors; it is focused on critical appraisal of applications to the foundation.
Rachel Hauck, along with her duties as Assistant Secretary of the Foundation, serves as Administrator of the LLC. LLC personnel provide a novel, contemporary interface between the Foundation and Washington University. This facilitates functions such as identifying speakers for insurance meetings, securing clinical specialists to provide updates and continuing education to varied insurance groups, and promoting activities of the Foundation within the Washington University community. This group also works closely with the Washington University Office of Corporate and Foundation Affairs to develop strategies for attracting additional funding to the Foundation.
Administrator: R. Hauck
Longer Life Center
Director: D. Reeds
Director: D. Alpers
Scientific Review Committee
Chair: D. Alpers
Members: D. Reeds, D. Zimmerman, D. Rengachary, B. Margolis, B. Razani, P. Miller, P. Quartararo, C. Holowaty
Board of Governors Advisory Group
Managing Director: D. Zimmerman
Office of Corporate and Foundation Affairs