The Biodemography of Aging Research Unit (BARU) is an interdisciplinary team of established researchers with expertise ranging from demography/actuarial science to mathematics/physics, biology/genetics and health services research. The synergistic potential of BARU is the key to advancing research in the fields of healthspan, aging, and lifespan in an integrative manner.

The passing of BARU Co-Director, James W. Vaupel

March 29, 2022

The members of the Biodemography of Aging Research Unit (BARU) have recently learned of, and are saddened by, the passing of James W. Vaupel. James was a friend and colleague of ours for many decades, and he served as a Co-Director of BARU since its founding in 2014. He was an innovative, highly productive, and creative demographer, with hundreds of peer-reviewed publications that have received tens of thousands of citations. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Regular Scientific Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a Member of the German Academy of Sciences. He was the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. He won the Irene B. Taeuber Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Population Association of America as well as the PAA’s Mindel C. Sheps Award for Mathematical Demography. We are saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to his family and colleagues in Denmark.

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