Survival and Longevity

Living longer, living healthier. What will the future bring?

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Life expectancy is rising constantly, at a rate of 2.5 years per decade in developed countries. The bulk of this increase comes from the decline in mortality after age 80, which means that we are living and staying healthy for longer periods of time. The lab investigates the causes and patterns of age-specific improvements in mortality and health, with a focus on the oldest-old. The implications of the ongoing increase in life expectancy for individuals, families, and public policy are also studied.Detailed description


The Laboratory of Survival and Longevity is no longer active. You can find the contact data of the former Head of this Laboratory, MPIDR founding Director Jim W. Vaupel, on the website of the University of Odense, Denmark.



Phone +49 (0)381 2081-103
Deputy Head
Phone +49 (0)381 2081-243