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Dan Belsky, PhD Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Dan Belsky is Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. His research sits at the intersection of genetics, the social and behavioral sciences, and public health. His work brings together discoveries from genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohorts and clinical trials to identify mechanisms that cause accelerated health decline in older age. Dan’s research takes a life-span approach that encompasses research on cohorts of children, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults. His goal is is to understand why socioeconomically disadvantaged populations suffer increased morbidity in older age and earlier mortality, and to devise strategies for intervention to mitigate these health inequalities. He studies quantification of biological aging in humans as a method to evaluate candidate therapies to extend healthy lifespan and to conduct clinical risk assessment and population surveillance.