Gerontology Research Group

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The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) was started in 1990, and is a global eGroup of researchers in gerontology, some of whom also meet monthly at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3] The primary function of the group is to further gerontology research, with the objective of reversing or retarding aging. Its most notable activity, though, is its tracking of supercentenarians (people aged at least 110).[4][5]

The group was co-founded by L. Stephen Coles who currently serves as GRG system administrator,[6] and who is the director and treasurer of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation.[7][8] The other co-founder was Steven M. Kaye.[1] Editions of the Guinness World Records through the year 2008 indicate that the Gerontology Research Group is used as its authority for its "World's Oldest Living People" category, which the group verifies using birth and marriage certificates.[3][9][10][11] The New York Times wrote that the GRG has been recognized as "an authority on the matter" of verifying supercentenarians.[11][12] The group started as an organization to investigate the limits of life spans in all mammalian species, and around 1998–1999 they started a committee to investigate claims to find out who was the oldest living person at any point in time.[3] The organization is monitoring approximately 80 people whom they have validated for inclusion in their list of living supercentenarians.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Kaye, Steven M. "General Concepts for Directions to Proceed with the 21st Century Biotechnology Group.". Joint Venture Partners. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "Much of the philosophy and technological developments described above, have come from the doctors and scientists participating in the Gerontological Research Group in Los Angeles. Gerontological Research, co-founded in 1992 by Steven M. Kaye, MD and Stephen Coles, MD, PhD., has become a "Rand Corporation" think tank for life extension research and development. The JVP Venture Fund Biotechnology Group has full access to the world’s most advanced thinking, and visionary medical scientists." 
  2. ^ "Odds of reaching 100 get better.". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. June 1, 2006. "... according to the Gerontology Research Group, a nonprofit volunteer organization ..." 
  3. ^ a b c "Research group tracks oldest-living people.". Daily Bruin. June 10, 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "They are searching for an alternate route to immortality other than the fountain of youth. ... The group works closely with the Guinness Book of World Records and is now considered the primary source for verifying the world’s oldest person for the annual records’ book. ... Coles added that about a year ago, the Guinness Book began to recognize the group as the primary source for verifying the ages of people." 
  4. ^ "The 100+ club". BBC. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "The term applies to anyone older than 110 and, according to the US Gerontology Research Group, there are 68 supercentenarians in the world today. None of them were born in the UK - Ms d'Abreu was born in India." 
  5. ^ "One of oldest Portuguese women, 110, dies.". Modesto Bee. November 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "... according to the Gerontology Research Group. Mrs. Sanders spent the last decade of her life at the La Sierra Care Center in Merced, ..." 
  6. ^ "About the Gerontology Research Group (GRG)...". GRG. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Supercentenarian Research Foundation". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Director and Treasurer of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation" 
  8. ^ "Researchers Work to Crack Code of Long Life". Web MD. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "People don't live to be 110 "because they don't age; it's a fortuitous, genetic roll of the dice, so there is not an intervention available to people who are still alive," says L. Stephen Coles, MD, PhD, a gerontologist with the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group at UCLA." 
  9. ^ Guinness World Records 2008. 2008. p. 67. ISBN 1-904994-19-9. 
  10. ^ Zaslow, Jeffrey (February 28, 2005). "Gerontology sleuths search for 'supercentenarians'". Wall Street Journal in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "Her ripe old age was "a falsehood perpetrated by the tourism industry there," says GRG co-founder L. Stephen Coles, a physician and stem-cell researcher at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, where GRG is based. GRG counts just 12 undisputed cases of people ever reaching 115. ... The 14-year-old GRG, which the Guinness World Records Book now relies on to confirm longevity records. ..." 
  11. ^ a b "Researchers are studying what causes some people -- such as two OC...". Orange County Register. August 3, 2004. "Coles is co-founder of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group, which verifies supercentenarian ages for Guinness world Records using birth and marriage ..." 
  12. ^ Medina, Jennifer (January 30, 2007). "In Connecticut, World’s Oldest Woman Dies at 114.". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-16. "In the last month alone, the title of oldest person has changed hands three times, according to the Gerontology Research Group, an authority on the matter. 'The Guinness Book of World Records will not be able to keep up,' said Dr. L. Stephen Coles of the University of California, Los Angeles, the executive director of the group. 'This has been a pretty volatile time. Usually we’ve had a more stable No. 1 position.'" 

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