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The biodemographic method of studying human aging, health, and longevity allow for integration and efficient use of data and knowledge from relevant research fields including epidemiology, genetics, sociology, gerontology, environmental sciences, population genetics, etc.

Our interest in the biodemography of human aging is motivated by the desire to better understand factors and mechanisms responsible for age patterns and time trends in mortality rates and survival curves. The availability of human longitudinal and cross-sectional data on populations of study subjects make addressing these research questions possible and stimulate the development of methodological ideas on how these data could be used to better understand the forces and mechanisms shaping age patterns of human mortality rates.