Longevity Prize

This prize is awarded to a French or foreign researcher – biologist, geneticist, gerontologist, psychologist, demographer, statistician, etc.- in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of longevity. The prize may be shared by several researchers involved in the same research field.

The international jury* led by Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is composed of de Steven N. Austad (University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA), Judith Campisi (Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, USA), Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA), Luigi Ferrucci (Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, USA), Caleb E. Finch (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA), Yasuyuki Gondo (Osaka University, Osaka, Japan), Marja Jylhä (University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland), Jean-Marie Robine (Inserm U710, Montpellier, France) and Bruno Vellas (CHU de Toulouse, Toulouse, France).


  • 2017 Andrzej Bartke (Springfield, USA) 

    Growth and aging; the hidden costs of stature

  • 2016 Kaare Christensen (Odense, Denmark)
    Genes and environment in aging and longevity 
  • 2015 Steve Austad (Birmingham, USA)
    Comparative longevity in the animal kingdom 
  • 2014 Luigi Ferrucci (Baltimore, USA)
    Longitudinal studies on ageing 
  • 2013 Gary Ruvkun (Boston, USA)
    Molecular genetics of longevity 
  • 2012 Linda Fried (New York, USA)
    Frailty syndrome 
  • 2011 Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
    Theoretical approach to the biology of longevity 
  • 2010 Judith Campisi (Novato, USA)
    Longevity, senescence and cancer 
  • 2009 Jacques Vallin (Paris, France)
    Cross-national comparison of longevity through health transition 
  • 2008 Gerald McClearn (University Park, USA)
    Genetic factors involved in cognitive aging 
  • 2007 David Barker (Southampton, UK)
    Early determinants of longevity 
  • 2006 Cynthia Kenyon (San Francisco, USA)
    From worms to mammals – the regulation of aging by insulin/IGF-1 signalling 
  • 2005 Sir Michael Marmot (London, UK)
    Social gradiant effect and longevity
  • 2004 Linda Partridge (London, UK)
    Diet, death and demography in drosophila
  • 2003 James Vaupel (Rostock, Germany)
    The future of life expectancy in light of the history of life expectancy.
  • 2002 George Martin (Seattle, USA)
    Biology & genetics of longevity
  • 2001 Justin Congdon (Aiken, USA)
    Processes of delayed aging in animals
  • 2000 Paul & Margret Baltes (Berlin, Germany)
    Psycho-sociological factors of successful aging
  • 1999 John Morley (St Louis, USA)
    Successful aging
  • 1998 Roy L. Walford (Los Angeles, USA)
    Caloric restriction and longevity
  • 1997 Vaino Kannisto (Lisboa, Portugal)
    Demography and longevity
  • 1996 Caleb E. Finch (Los Angeles, USA)
    Biology of aging

*The international jury does not collect applications: laureates are selected on the basis of either their main achievements throughout their careers, or in recognition of a particularly important work.


Colloques Médecine et Recherche (1996-2004)

The growth of the world population makes us realize that life expectancy is increasing. This evolution has an influence on society and makes research scientists investigate all the various implications while the causes of this longevity itself remains quite unknown. Is there a limit to human life expectancy? Nowadays the answer tends to be positive. Longevity is based on several physiological processes and is at the crossroad of many medical disciplines.

The Colloques Médecine et Recherche organized since 1996 deal with the impact and the paradoxes of these research fields.


  • Frailty and longevity
    Paris (France), October 11, 2004
  • Brain and longevity
    Paris (France), October 8, 2001
  • Sex and longevity: sexuality, gender, reproduction, parenthood
    Paris (France), October 18, 1999
  • The paradoxes of longevity
    Paris (France), March 23, 1998
  • Longevity: to the limits and beyond
    Paris (France), April 19, 1996