Environmental changes and human demography

Unlike in ecology, where environmental variation is a central concept, projection models used in human demography focus mainly on social, economical, genetic and physiological factors influencing age-dependent vital rates.

I spent three years (2016-2018) working at the University of Montpellier in a lab specialized on human ageing (MMDN lab) to gain experience in human demography. My objective was to develop research projects to explore the impact of environmental variables on human health and longevity (temperatures, pollution, epidemiological factors) in interaction with social factors. I worked with J.M. Robine on health and longevity data collected on European and Japanese centenarians and nonagenarians. More here and here.

Interview (in French) for the journal Sciences et Avenir here.

Related publications:

  • Deelen, J., Evans, D. S., Arking, D. E., Tesi, N., Nygaard, M., Liu, X., … & Ware, E. B. (2019). A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies multiple longevity genes. Nature communications10(1), 1-14.
  • Herr, M., Jeune, B., Fors, S., Andersen-Ranberg, K., Ankri, J., Arai, Y., Cubaynes, S., Santos-Eggimann, B., Zekry, D., Parker, M. and Saito, Y., 2018. Frailty and associated factors among centenarians in the 5-COOP countries. Gerontology64(6), pp.521-531.
  • Robine, J. M., and Cubaynes, S. Espérance de vie, espérance de santé : tendances convergentes ou divergentes sur le plan mondial? in: A.M. Guillemard, E. Mascova,S. Moulias ( dir) La Découverte, coll. Recherches, 2017, pp. 37-58
  • Robine, J. M., and Cubaynes, S.(2017). Worldwide demography of centenarians. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 165, pp.59-67.

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