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Genomics, Genetics and Gerontology (G3): A Multidisciplinary Team for the Study of Healthy Aging

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 Joseph Connors , Denise Daley
Project Contacts

For all project related inquires contact:

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

Senior Swimmer


Project Resources and Information
Publications for download
Research papers on the genetics of longevity and aging.

Many studies support the existence of genetic factors that influence human life span. Longevity, however, is only one component of healthy aging. Healthy aging is likely to result from the interplay of factors important in both longevity or in resistance to disease, or both. The practical 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.

To Participate in this Study

The Healthy Aging Study


Contact Research Coordinator: 

The BC Cancer Agency is recruiting volunteers to participate in a study of Healthy Aging. The goal of this study is to identify inherited genetic factors associated with healthy aging and resistance to age-related diseases.

We are looking for people who:

  1. Are 85 years of age or older.
  2. And
  3. Have never been diagnosed with a major health concern, such as:
  •  Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • MI (myocardial infarction) or heart attack
  • Stroke or TIA (ischemic attack)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Lung Disease or emphysema
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cancer

We also welcome any people who are 100 years old, or older.

Participation in the study consists of:

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


If you or someone you know meet the above criteria and would like to learn more about the Healthy Aging Study, please contact the Research Coordinator,  Ruth Thomas.
Phone: 604-675-8151
Fax: 604-675-8178

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 environmental factors are also 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.

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

If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact the project coordinator, at 604-675-8151.


Senior woman in swimming pool, Getty Images, Photographer: Marcy Maloy

Recent Publications

Tindale LC, Leach S, Ushey K, Daley D, Brooks-Wilson AR. Rare and common variants in the Apolipoprotein E gene in healthy oldest old. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Mar;35(3):727.


To donate to support the Super-Seniors Study, please contact Stephanie for assistance:

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