About Us

Helping People Live Longer, Better Lives

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

The Longer Life Foundation's leadership team represents the experience and expertise of Washington University School of Medicine, an internationally recognized academic medical institution, as well as the breadth and depth of underwriting and risk knowledge 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 whose members represent both Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and RGA. Learn more.

Our Mission

The Longer Life Foundation’s mission is to fund and support the study of factors that either predict the mortality and morbidity of select populations or influence improvements in longevity, health, and wellness.

The Longer Life Center

Washington University'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 by the investigators and their research with insurance companies and with public health communities