Kaare Christensen (born 20 June 1959)[1] is a Danish epidemiologist and biostatistician. He is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark, where he also directs the Danish Aging Research Center and the Danish Twin Registry.[2] He is known for his research on human longevity and aging. Specific topics he has researched include the increasing average life expectancy in developing countries,[3][4] as well as the influence of genetic factors on human lifespan[5] and international variations in levels of happiness.[6] In 2016, he was awarded the Longevity Prize from the Fondation IPSEN "for his pioneering work on the importance of genes and environment in aging and longevity."[7]


  1. "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2012129922.html. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  2. "Kaare Christensen CV". http://findresearcher.sdu.dk/portal/en/persons/kaare-christensen(35c0eca6-0f49-465b-9bbd-ce71bcf2c4ac)/cv.html?id=116721316. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  3. "Half of babies 'will live to 100'". BBC News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  4. Hall, Ashley (2 October 2009). "Danish researchers say children today to live to over 100". ABC. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  5. Kolata, Gina (30 August 2006). "The secret to a long life?". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  6. "And The Happiest Place On Earth Is...". CBS News. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 
  7. "The 21st Longevity Prize of the Fondation Ipsen will be awarded to Kaare Christensen". BusinessWire (Press release). 19 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019. 

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