Danish Aging Research Center

Danish Aging Research Center - DARC

The center is a co-operation between three research groups from: The Section of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health and Research Center for Prevention and Health (University of Copenhagen/Glostrup University Hospital), the Danish Centre for Molecular Gerontology (University of Aarhus) and the Aging Research Center (University of Southern Denmark).

The center, which has its administrative head office at the University of Southern Denmark, is made possible through a grant from the VELUX foundation.


Through studies of twins and the oldest-old, researchers in Odense study both genetic and environmental factors influencing human aging processes and longevity.


The Copenhagen group has access to unique cohorts with more than 50 years of follow-up time, including both clinical, biological, and social data, which provide a strong basis for carrying out aging studies with a life-course-perspective.


The Aarhus group is performing aging research at the molecular level, including extensive research in the area of telomere biology and its possible relation to aging, particularly for persons, who age early.

Danish Aging Research Center


For further information:

Head of Center:

Professor Kaare Christensen
Institute of Public Health – Epidemiology
J.B. Winsløws Vej 9B, st. tv
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel: +45 6550 3049

Center Secretary:

Accounts manager Ulla Iversen
Institute of Public Health – Epidemiology
J.B. Winsløws Vej 9B, st. tv.
DK-5000 Odense C
Tel: +45 6550 4088
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