About Us

Helping People Live Longer, Better Lives

In 1998, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine 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

Our leadership team represents the experience and expertise of Washington University in St. Louis’s internationally recognized School of Medicine as well as the deep knowledge of underwriting and risk 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 representing both Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and RGA. Learn more.

Our Mission

The Longer Life Foundation’s mission is to study factors that assist in predicting mortality and morbidity of selected populations and to research methods to promote improvements in longevity and health by analyzing the effects of changes in medicine and advances in public health practices.

The Longer Life Center

Washington University in St. Louis'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 between the research and the insurance communities