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Stanford Center on Longevity
Littlefield Center
365 Lassen St.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305 Directions

(650) 736-8643


Rika Bosmans, Managing Director

The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to redesign long life. The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 and improve the well-being of people of all ages.


Redesigning Long Life

The Center aims to use increased life expectancy to bring about profound advances in the quality of life from early childhood to old age. To inspire change of this scale, the Center brings together experts from academia, business and government to target important challenges and opportunities for older people.

The Center has three research divisions (Mind, Mobility and Financial Security). Demographic analysis at the global, national and community levels informs our work. The Center’s unique “launch” conferences bring together academic collaborators with business, government and non-profit leaders to find solutions to longevity challenges. The Center’s courses at Stanford foster student awareness and understanding of longevity and life-span issues. Students also work at the Center as interns, independent researchers and volunteers.

The Center works to make sure that research findings are not shared only in scholarly journals, but reach policymakers, business leaders, and others who will use them to improve our society.Read more

The Center was founded in 2006 by two of the world’s leading authorities on longevity and aging. Laura L. Carstensen, PhD is the founding director. A professor of psychology at Stanford, she has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her research has been supported for more than 20 years by the National Institute on Aging. Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, is deputy director. His research on aging has demonstrated that it is possible to identify biochemical stimuli that can induce stem cells in old tissues to repair injuries as effectively as in young tissues. This work has broad implications for the fields of regenerative medicine and stem cell transplantation.


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