About Us

Helping People Live Longer, Better Lives

In 1998, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis partnered with Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), one of the world’s leading life reinsurers, to create the Longer Life Foundation. This unique foundation supports innovative independent research by scientific, medical and public health experts to make discoveries that will improve long-term mortality, enhance longevity, and promote healthier lives.

Our Team

The Longer Life Foundation's leadership team represents the experience and expertise of Washington University School of Medicine, an internationally recognized academic medical institution, as well as the breadth and depth of underwriting and risk knowledge at RGA, one of the world’s leading life reinsurance companies. Learn more.

Our Board of Advisors

The Longer Life Foundation is led by a Board of Advisors whose members represent both Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and RGA. Learn more.

Our Mission

To study factors that can aid in predicting mortality and morbidity of selected populations and to research modes and methods of improving health and longevity by analyzing the effects of advances in medicine and in public health practices.

The Longer Life Center

Washington University's Longer Life Center was established in 2000 to support research and scholarly activity related to the mission and goals of the Longer Life Foundation.

  • The Center hosts research seminars, guest speakers and other activities
  • The Center facilitates engagement by the investigators and their research with insurance companies and with public health communities