Dr. Leonid A. GavrilovThe NewScientist article How to live long and prosper said
WANT to be the first one on your block to live to 100? You are in with a fighting chance if you’re the first-born child of a young mother.
Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov of the University of Chicago sifted through data gathered on 991 centenarians born in the US between 1875 and 1899 and used US census and Social Security Administration records to reconstruct the family histories of 198 of them, searching for anything they had in common.
It turned out that first-born children were 1.7 times as likely as their siblings to live to be 100. An even stronger predictor of longevity was how young their mother was when they were born. Those whose mothers were less than 25 years old were twice as likely to survive beyond a century.
Dr. Leonid A. Gavrilov is
Research Associate, Center on Aging, NORC and the University of
Chicago. He is Editorial Board member of
The ScientificWorldJOURNAL, and
Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling
He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the
Supercentenarian Research Foundation and is
Senior Member of the Science Advisory Board of
Leonid is an expert (referee) for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF). He is a Research Proposal Reviewer for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Network of Centres of Excellence (MITACS-NCE), Canada. He is a member of Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Gerontological Society of America Executive Committee (Biological Sciences), Gerontological Society of America Task Force on Organizational Technology and Computers, Population Association of America (PAA), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and Moscow Society of Naturalists.
He authored Life Extension, Caloric Restriction, and Scientific Philanthropy, A mathematical model of the aging of animals, and Scientific legitimacy of the term “Anti-Aging”, and coauthored Mortality of centenarians: A study based on the Social Security Administration Death Master File, Sex and longevity, A typical interdisciplinary topic: questions of the mortality dynamics, When Fatherhood Should Stop?, Mutation load and human longevity, and Evolutionary Theories of Aging and Longevity. Read the full list of his publications!
Leonid earned his M.Sc. in Chemistry with specialization in mathematical modeling and chemical kinetics from Moscow State University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Genetics from Moscow State University in 1980.