Max-Planck Odense Center


Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO) is an interdisciplinary and international co-operation between researchers drawn from demography, epidemiology, medicine, biology, mathematics and statistics. The center conducts innovative research to discover the basic causes and key consequences of the age trajectories of survival, including also their policy implications.


1: Postponement of Senescence

75-year-olds today are about as healthy as 65-year-olds were half a century ago.  People are growing old later in life - and we seek to understand why?

  • Jim W Vaupel (research cluster leader)
  • Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen
  • Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Maarten J Wensink 
  • Julia Barthold
  • Adam Lenart
  • Virginia Zarulli
  • Marie-Pier Bergeron Boucher
  • Silvia Rizzi
  • Jonas Schöley
  • Catalina Torres

2: Demographic Forecasting

How long will I live? This is a question of enduring interest to both patients, physicians, public health officials, actuaries, demographers and policy makers. 

  • Jim W Vaupel (research cluster leader)
  • James Oeppen
  • Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Adam Lenart
  • Virginia Zarulli
  • Marie-Pier Bergeron Boucher
  • Marius Pascariu
  • Anthony Medford
  • Søren Kjaergaard

3: Pace and shape framework

Lifespan varies dramatically ranging from several years in crisis populations to many decades across time and place. We apply the pace shape framework to populations across the tree of life to uncover the key factors that determine patterns of birth and death.

  • Annette Baudisch (research cluster leader)
  • James W Vaupel
  • Uli Steiner
  • Owen R Jones
  • Johan Dahlgren
  • Fernando Colchero
  • Josephine Goldstein
  • Julia Barthold
  • Iain Stott
  • Lars Kumala
  • Danielle Sherman

4: Male-female research

Today women enjoy a longer life than men in all countries of the world, but women tend to report poorer self-rated health. By studying the sex differences in health and survival - we aim to understand the mechanisms underlying this paradox.


5: Demographic Index of Species Knowledge

Reliable data on demographic traits are essential for conservation and research in ecology and evolution. DISKo is a metadatabase that collates and standardize data on 35,000 species. 


6: Dealing with complex population data

Innovative approaches are nessesary when dealing with problematic population data. BaSTA is a tool that facilitates the estimation of age-specific mortality from complex ecological and historical datasets.

  • Fernando Colchero (research cluster leader)
  • Owen R Jones
  • Dalia A Conde
  • Annette Baudisch

7: Cancer forecasting

Today we have increased knowledge on the health conditions and risk factors for various cancers. Our aim is to develop methods to incorporate this knowledge into the forecasting models.


Max Planck Odense Center - Research Team

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