Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 March 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 9, p. nf23
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.9.nf23]


Tying It Together

Rudi Westendorp is one of those rare individuals whose work unites geriatrics, clinical epidemiology, and the biology of aging

Ingfei Chen

Abstract: Rudi Westendorp, a Dutch physician-scientist known for his love of bow ties, seeks elegant solutions in his work as a clinical epidemiologist, geriatrician, and gerontologist at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. After completing his residency training and earning a Ph.D., in 1993 he made a detour into clinical epidemiology, studying patient populations to identify underlying risk factors for disease. He now supervises the long-running Leiden 85-plus study, which tracks cognitive decline, heart disease, and other illnesses in very old people. To round out his knowledge, Westendorp spent 1998 studying the biology of aging at the University of Manchester, U.K. His quest to test the evolutionary theory of the tradeoff between fertility and longevity has led him into the genealogical archives of British aristocrats and, more recently, to Ghana.

Citation: I. Chen, Tying It Together. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (9), nf23 (2004).

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