The Long Life Family Study (LLFS) is a unique, international project designed to reveal why some people live until a very old age and why some families maintain their health far longer than others. There are four locations participating in the study — three in the United States and one in Denmark — with the University of Minnesota Medical School serving as the central laboratory that coordinates biospecimen collection and conducts laboratory analyses. 

Bharat Thyagarajan, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, received a five-year clinical research grant worth $4.2 million to continue the study, which is now in its third iteration. Dr. Thyagarajan joined the LLFS as a junior faculty member and has since become one of the principal investigators of this study.

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