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Healthy Aging Study

We study genetic factors that underlie healthy aging and resistance to age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, dementia and diabetes.

Project Leaders Angela Brooks-Wilson
Project Co-Investigators Denise Daley, Dr. Ciara Freeman
Project Contacts

For all project related inquires contact:

Amy Williams
Involved Organizations
Genome Sciences Centre
BC Cancer Research Centre
BC Cancer
Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia
Funding Agencies
Getty Images / Photographer: Marcy Maloy / RF


Project Resources and Information
Publications for download
Our research papers on the genetics of healthy aging.

The goals addressed by this study of healthy aging are not necessarily to increase human longevity beyond the current normal life span, but rather to ensure that individuals live to the upper end of that life span in good health with a good quality of life. Fewer than half of Canadians are fortunate to live to the age of 85, and only a minority of these achieve this age free of major age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes or Alzheimer's and maintain a good quality of life. Although lifestyle factors are clearly important, people who reach this age in good health may represent a group who either lack susceptibility factors that contribute to disease in the general population or may possess resistance factors that enhance their ability to resist disease and prolong lifespan.

Seniors aged 85 or older are invited to Participate in this Study


1) Individuals 85 years old or older, especially those with 2 or more health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, cancer, lung disease or dementia. This is a new part of the study.

2) We also continue to welcome Super-Seniors to take part in this research. Super-Seniors are people 85 or older who have never been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes or dementia.

If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact the Project Coordinator,   () at 604-675-8151 or toll-free at 1-888-675-8001 ext 8151

Participation in the study consists of:

  • Answering questions regarding health and family history questionnaire.
  • Providing a saliva or small blood sample (approximately 2 - 3 tablespoons).
  • Providing contact information for other eligible relatives.

All information obtained in this study will be kept strictly confidential.


To donate to support the Super-Seniors Study, please contact our Project Manager for assistance:

Stephanie McInnis, Project Manager
Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Phone: 604-675-8000 x 7965
Fax: 604-675-8178