Dr. Leonid A. Gavrilov – Biographical Sketch

Dr. Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D., is an expert in biodemographic studies of human aging, mortality and longevity.  He has more than 20 years of professional experience in this area of research and has published nearly a hundred of scientific publications on human longevity and related topics in collaboration with Dr. Natalia S. Gavrilova.  Their book ‘The Biology of Life Span: A Quantitative approach’ is favorably reviewed by dozens of scientific journals, including the Journal of the Institute of Actuaries, and is cited as recommended reference by Encyclopedia Britannica.

Dr. Gavrilov is the founder of  reliability theory of aging and longevity, first proposed in his book "The Biology of Life Span" (1991), and developed further in  Journal of Theoretical Biology (2001), the Actuary (2002), Science' SAGE KE (Science of Aging Knowledge Environment, 2003) and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2004).

Leonid Gavrilov is the Principal Investigator of several award-winning research projects, funded by the International Science Foundation, European Union (INTAS program), the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) and by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (Independent Scientist Award).

Dr. Gavrilov is the Editorial Board member of scientific journals  "Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling" (Associate Editor), "Experimental Gerontology" (Associate Editor),  "Rejuvenation Research", "The Scientific World Journal" and an expert (referee) for over 20 scientific journals including Demography, Journal of Theoretical Biology, and Mathematical Population Studies. He is also an expert for the National Institute on Aging (USA), the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).  His scientific credentials are described in more detail in "Who's Who in Science and Engineering", "Who's Who in Medicine and HealthCare", and "Who's Who in America" (Marquis Who's Who).

Leonid Gavrilov is a member of several professional scientific societies, including International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Population Association of America (PAA), Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Social Science and History Association (SSHA). He is an invited author in a number of publication projects, including the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging, the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Population, the Springer book “Sex and Longevity”, special issue of ‘Population’ journal on biodemography of aging, and special issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology on aging theories.

Dr. Leonid Gavrilov is currently working at the Center on Aging in the National Opinion Research Center affiliated with the University of Chicago. More information about his current research activities could be found at his scientific website “Longevity Science: Unraveling the Secrets of Human Aging and Longevity” at: http://longevity-science.org/.

Selected Publications:

Gavrilov LA, Gavrilova NS.  Reliability-Engineering Approach to the Problem of Biological AgingAnnals of the NewYork Academy of Sciences, 2004 vol. 1019, in press.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.  The quest for a general theory of aging and longevity. Science's SAGE KE (Science of Aging Knowledge Environment) for 16 July 2003; Vol. 2003, No. 28, 1-10. http://sageke.sciencemag.org

Gavrilov, L.A., Gavrilova, N.S.  Early-life factors modulating lifespan. In: Rattan, S.I.S. (Ed.). Modulating Aging and Longevity. 2003. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2003, 27-50.

Gavrilov L.A., Heuveline P.  Aging of Population. In: Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Population. New York, Macmillan Reference USA, 2003, vol.1, 32-37.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.  The quest for the theory of human longevity. The Actuary, 2002, 36(5): 10-13.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.  The reliability theory of aging and longevity. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2001, 213(4): 527-545.

Gavrilov L.A., Gavrilova N.S.  The Biology of Life Span: A Quantitative Approach, NY: Harwood Academic Publisher, 1991, 385p