Volume 19 - Article 50 | Pages 1749–1758

Biodemography: Research prospects and directions

By James R. Carey

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Date received:22 Feb 2007
Date published:30 Sep 2008
Word count:3114
Keywords:biodemography, frailty, life span, longevity


The purpose of this opinion report is to outline what I consider to be the most promising areas for future biodemographic research and to suggest ways in which the field can be moved forward. I discuss five major themes: i) biodemography of disability; ii) ecological, developmental, behavioral and evolutionary biodemography; iii) biodemography of sociality; iv) genomic and genetic biodemography; and v) biodemographic modeling and analysis. I consider the last two areas (genomics/genetics; modeling/analysis) as both stand-alone topics and cross-cutting concepts. At the end of the paper I present ideas for charting the future course including strengthening and expanding infrastructure, database and website development, organizing conferences, submitting new training grants, and integrating biodemography into teaching programs.

Author's Affiliation

James R. Carey - University of California, Davis, United States of America [Email]

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