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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Advances in Biodemography: Cross-Species Comparisons of Social Environments, Social Behaviors, and their Effects on Health and Longevity: A Workshop
Project Scope

This two-day workshop on biodemography and sociality will integrate data and theory across species to promote and advance the field by exploring cross-species comparisons of social environments, hierarchies, and behaviors and the effects these have on health, longevity, and life histories. Papers will be presented by invited contributors in three major areas: 1) How experiences in early life affect health and longevity outcomes in later life; 2) the trade-offs that are made in different species, including humans, among health, reproduction, and longevity; and 3) disparity and variance in factors ranging from gut biota to intergenerational transfers of wealth and knowledge that affect life histories, health, and longevity. The workshop will open with a presentation by Kenneth Wachter on what has transpired in the field since it was launched by the NRC report Between Zeus and the Salmon in 1997. During most of the two days, groupings of two to three presentations will be followed by open discussion led by an invited respondent. The workshop will close with a presentation about the genomic and evolutionary challenges for biodemography, by Kenneth Weiss.


This project is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.



Workshop Agenda


The public is welcome to attend the workshop, which will be held April 8-9, 2014 at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.


Workshop Steering Committee

Maxine Weinstein (Chair), Georgetown University
Susan Alberts, Duke University
Jeanne Altmann (NAS), Princeton University
Peter Ellison (NAS), Harvard University
Caleb Finch, University of Southern California
Hillard Kaplan, University of New Mexico
Mary Ann Ottinger, University of Houston
Burton Singer (NAS,IOM), University of Florida


Meredith A. Lane, Director
Mary Ann Kasper, Senior Program Assistant

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