Looking for scientific contacts

Leonid Gavrilov gavrilov at aeiveos.uucp.free.msk.su
Sat Apr 23 11:40:29 EST 1994


April 23, 1994

Dear Sirs,

   Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a Russian scientist 
interested in ageing research and a new subscriber to this List. 

   I would like to establish scientific contacts and perhaps scientific 
collaboration with those who are interested in the problems of longevity 
and biology of life span. 

   My CV is printed below for more detailed introduction.

   Sincerely yours,

   Dr.Leonid A.Gavrilov, Ph.D.
   Member of the New York Academy of Sciences
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                                                     March 26, 1994
                                        
               C U R R I C U L U M    V I T A E  
 
Dr. Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D.          Phone: 7 (095) 427 0047 
Principal Research Scientist           FAX: 7 (095) 939 0338 or 
A.N.Belozersky Institute                    7 (095) 939 3181 
Moscow State University                E-mail addresses: 
Moscow 119899                          libro at genebee.msu.su 
Russia                             gavrilov at aeiveos.uucp.free.msk.su
                                        aeiveos at glas.apc.org 
 
Date of Birth: August 28, 1954 
Place of Birth: USSR (Russia), town of Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) 
Research interests: Mechanisms of ageing, age-related mortality,         
                    longevity. 
 
Education: 
   Ph.D. - Moscow State University (1980) in mortality kinetics 
           in human populations and animal models, with emphasis 
           on mathematical models of mortality. 
   M.Sc. - Moscow State University (1976) in mechanisms of aging 
           with emphasis on mathematical models of aging 
  
Professional Experience: 
 
1991-Present  Principal Research Scientist, A.N.Belozersky Institute, 
              Moscow State University. 
1987-1991   Senior Research Scientist, A.N.Belozersky Institute, 
            Moscow State University. 
1980-1987   Research Scientist, A.N.Belozersky Institute, 
            Moscow State University. 
 
Professional Activities and Other Positions:
   - Member of the New York Academy of Science. 
   - Chairman of the Subsection of the Biology of Life Span at 
        Moscow Society of Naturalists (1981-1992).
   - Expert (book reviewer) for journals AGE AND AGEING, AGEING 
        AND SOCIETY, J.GENERAL BIOLOGY and Publishers "MIR". 
   - Expert (peer reviewer) for journals MATHEMATICAL POPULATION 
        STUDIES, J.GENERAL BIOLOGY. 
   - Chairperson of the Biological Session at the II European 
        Congress of Gerontology (Madrid, 1991). Certificate signed 
        by F.Guillen Llera, General Secretary of the Congress. 
   - Expert (book editor) for Institute of Scientific Information 
        (VINITI, Moscow). 
   - Fellow of Moscow Society of Naturalists.
   - Senior Research Scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences 
        Institute for System Analysis. 
   - Scientific Secretary of Demographic Section of Moscow House 
        of Scientists (1984-1991). 
   - Fellow of the Moscow House of Scientists. 

Awards: 

   - International Science Foundation (ISF) 1993 Grant Award ($500).
   - International Science Foundation (ISF) 1994 Emergency Grant for 
        Russian Scientists of the Top Category ($3,000)
   - The Certificate from the International Association of Gerontology 
        (1993) signed by the President and the Secretary General of the 
        International Association of Gerontology. 
   - A.N.Belozersky Institute 1991 Award for the best scientific 
        research in the Institute in 1990-1991. 
   - Moscow Society of Naturalists 1989 Award for the best scientific 
        research in natural science in 1986-1988. 
   - Grant Award with invitation to European Population Conference 
        (Paris, October 1991). 
   - Financial Award with invitation of giving a lectures to Trinity 
        College, Cambridge University (December, 1991). 
   - Financial Award with invitation to the Annual Meeting of British 
        Biochemical Society (Southampton, April, 1992). 
  
Publications: 
65 publications, including 5 books.  Selected publications in the most 
prestigeous scientific peer reviewed journals are:
  
    - "Sex and Longevity", Nature, 1994, vol.367, February 10, p.520.
    - "Fruit Fly Aging and Mortality", Science, 1993, vol.260, No.5114,
          p.1565. 
    - "When Your Time's Up", British Medical Journal, 1993, vol.306, 
          No.6880, p.796.
    - "Human Life Span Stopped Increasing: Why?", Gerontology, 1983,
          vol.29, pp.176-180. 
    - "Life Span is Determined by Resting Metabolic Rate of Parents 
          Only!", Age, 1989, vol.12, p.113. 
    - "Human Species-Specific Life-Span: Its Estimation and  
          Interpretation", Age, 1985, vol.8, p.94. 
    - "A New Trend in Human Mortality Decline: Derectangularization 
          of the Survival Curve", Age, 1985, vol.8, p.93. 
    - "Biology of Aging (Book Review)", Age and Ageing, 1993, vol.22,
          pp.233-234. 
   - "Evolutionary Biology of Aging (Book Review)", Ageing and 
          Society, 1992, vol.12, No.4, pp.539-541. 
    - "How Many Cell Divisions in 'Old' Cells?", International Journal 
          of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1993, vol.8, No.6, p.528. 
    - "Common Sense and the Limits to Life", International Journal of 
          Geriatric Psychiatry, 1993, vol.8, No.8, p.695. 
    - "Historically Stable Indices of Mortality and their Use for 
          Medical Geography", Geographia Medica, 1984, vol.14, 
          pp.305-306. 
    - "Epidemiologic Approach to the Biology of Human Life Span", 
          Geographia Medica, 1985, vol.15, pp.40-64. 

    The key publication where the main results of the previous studies 
are summarised is: 

        THE BIOLOGY OF LIFE SPAN: A QUANTITATIVE APPROACH.        

By Leonid A.Gavrilov and Natalia S.Gavrilova. Harwood  Academic 
Publishers: 1991. Pp. 385, $ 120, ISBN 3-7186-4983-7.

   Positive reviews of this book were published by  the  following 
journals: 

 1. AGE AND AGEING, 1992, vol.21, No.5, pp.386-387. 
 2. AGEING AND SOCIETY, 1991, vol.11, No.4, pp.509-510.
 3. ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS, 1992, vol.15, No.2, pp.192-194. 
 4. ARGOMENTI DI GERONTOLOGIA, 1993, vol.5, No.2, p.91.
 5. BIOESSAYS, 1993, vol.15, No.5, pp.359-362. 
 6. BOLLETTINO DELLA SOCIETA ITALIANA DI GERONTOLOGIA E GERIATRIA, 1992, 
    No.7, p.1.
 7. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 1992, vol.305, No.6850, p.431. 
 8. EDUCATIONAL GERONTOLOGY, 1993, vol.19, No.1, pp.92-93. 
 9. EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY, 1992, vol.27, pp.251-253. 
10. FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY & MEDICINE, 1992, vol.12, pp.331-332. 
11. GERONTOLOGIST, 1991, vol.31, No.5, p.707.
12. HUMAN BIOLOGY, 1992, vol.64, No.4, pp.630-632.  
13. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, 1992, vol.7, No.8, p.614. 
14. JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL GERONTOLOGY, 1993, vol.8, No.3, pp.281-290.
15. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & COMMUNITY HEALTH, 1992, vol.46, No.6, p.630. 
16. JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF ACTUARIES, 1992, vol.119, Part II, 
    pp.379-381. 
17. JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, 1993, vol.8, No.1, pp.59-60. 
18. NATURE, 1991, vol.352, 29 August, pp.767-768. 
19. POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW, 1992, vol.18, No.3, pp.555-558.
20. POPULATION STUDIES, 1992, vol.46, No.2, pp.366-367. 
21. QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY, 1993, vol.68, p.92. 
22. STATISZTIKAI SZEMLE (STATISTICAL REVIEW, In Hungarian), 
    1992,vol.70,No.6,pp.546-547.


Response of the Leading Scientists to the Scientific Research  and 
the Book by L.A.Gavrilov: 
 
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR STIMULATING FRESH APPROACHES ... " - 
Professor Roy L.Walford, M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, USA. 
   THE GERONTOLOGIST, 1991, vol.31, No.5, p.707. 
 
 
"CLEARLY,  THIS   IS   A   VERY   INTERESTING,   PROVOCATIVE   AND 
THOUGHT-PROVOKING BOOK" - Dr. Ward  Dean,  M.D.,  The  Center  for 
Bio-Gerontology,  Pencasola,  Florida,  USA. 
   EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY, 1992, vol.27, No.2, pp.251-253. 
 
 
"THIS IS  AN  INTERESTING  BOOK,  FULL  OF  TABLES  AND  DATA  AND 
POLEMICAL IN ITS APPROACH." - Professor William A.Pryor,  Director 
of Biodynamic Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton  Rouge, 
LA,USA. 
   FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY & MEDICINE, 1992, vol.12, pp.331-332. 
 
"IT BRINGS TO BEAR A FRESH  APPROACH  WHOSE  IDEAS  ARE  LOGICALLY 
PRESENTED AND DEVELOPED". - Dr. Brian Merry, Ph.D., Institute  of 
Human  Aging, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. 
   AGEING AND SOCIETY, 1991, vol.11, No.4, pp.509-510. 
 
 
"GOOD NEW BOOK ON AGEING". - Dr. Thomas B.L.Kirkwood, Ph.D. 
Head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Biology, National
Institute for Medical Research, London, United Kingdom. 
   NATURE, 1991, vol.352, 29 August, pp.767-768. 
 
  
"... SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN AGEING.  ... 
YOU WILL FIND THIS A SURPRISINGLY GOOD  'READ',  AND  A  MUST  FOR 
EVERY  LIBRARY".  -  Dr.   D.Sebastian   Fairweather,   Physician, 
   Department of Geriatric Medicine, Oxford, United Kingdom. 
   AGE AND AGEING, 1992, vol.21, No.5, pp.386-387. 
 
 
"THE BOOK FEATURES QUITE A BIT OF DEMOGRAPHIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS. 
.... IT IS REFRESHING"  -  Professor Michael R.Rose, University  of 
   California, Irvine, USA. 
   ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 1992, vol.19, No.3, pp.320-321. 
  
 
"THE GAVRILOVS HAVE MADE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE  STUDY  OF 
LIFE SPAN, AND ANY FUTURE WORK ON THE SUBJECT WILL  HAVE  TO  TAKE 
ACCOUNT OF THE RICH CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK". - Dr. Vaino Kannisto, 
Former United Nations Adviser on Demography 
   POPULATION STUDIES, 1992, vol.46, No.2, pp. 366-367. 
   
"EIN AKTUELLES BUCH, DAS SICHERLICH DIE INTERNATIONALE 
DISKUSSION DES PROBLEMS BEFORDERN KANN." 
 - Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Falck, Berlin, Germany. 
   ZEITSCHRIFT FUR GERONTOLOGIE, 1991, Band 25, Heft 1, S.56. 
 
 
"THE BOOK IS WELL WRITTEN, EASY TO READ, AND SHOULD BE OF INTEREST 
TO A WIDE SPECTRUM OF READERS  INCLUDING  PHYSICIANS,  BIOLOGISTS, 
BIOCHEMISTS, GERONTOLOGISTS..." 
 - Prof. Robert W.Gracy, University of North Texas, USA. 
   EDUCATIONAL GERONTOLOGY, 1993, vol.19, No.1, pp.92-93. 
 
"...  THIS  BOOK  IS  A  HIGHLY  VALUABLE  CONTRIBUTION   TO   THE 
DISCIPLINE. ...THIS BOOK SHOULD MAKE  SCIENTISTS  TAKE  NOTICE  OF 
RESEARCH ON AGING AND LONGEVITY ... IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION" - 
    Dr.  S.Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., University of Chicago, USA  
POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW, 1992, vol.18, No.3, pp.555-558.
 
"... MANY WILL FIND AN EXCURSION INTO IT STIMULATING". 
 - Dr. Emily Grundy, Lecturer in Gerontology, Age Concern 
   Institute of Gerontology, King's College, London, UK. 
   BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 1992, vol.305, No.6850, p.431. 
 
"GAVRILOV MAKES THE BEST ATTEMPT I KNOW OF TO DISTINGUISH HOW LONG 
PEOPLE COULD LIVE FROM HOW LONG THEY ACTUALLY LIVE -  ONE  OF  THE 
MORE DIFFICULT TASKS FOR BOTH BIOLOGY AND STATISTICS... GAVRILOV'S 
SCHOLARSHIP  IS   IMPRESSIVE".   -   Professor   Nathan   Keyfitz, 
   International   Institute   for   Applied   Systems   Analysis, 
   Laxenburg, Austria.
   MATHEMATICAL POPULATION STUDIES, 1991, vol.3, No.2, p.161. 
                                                            
"LEONID  GAVRILOV   IS   A   TOP-FLIGHT   STATISTICAL   POPULATION 
BIOLOGIST... THE AREA IS IMPORTANT WELL  BEYOND  THE  CONFINES  OF 
BIOLOGICAL  GERONTOLOGY  AND  EXTENDS  INTO  POLITICS  AND  SOCIAL 
PLANNING. GAVRILOV IS VERY GOOD ON JUST THIS SORT OF THING. HE HAS 
A FRESH APPROACH, NEW IDEAS, A GREAT  DEAL  OF  DATA  NOT  READILY 
AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE." - Roy. L. Walford, Professor  of  Pathology, 
   UCLA School of Medicine, USA. 
   MATHEMATICAL POPULATION STUDIES, 1991, vol.3, No.2, p.161. 
 
  
"THIS  BOOK  IS  DIRECTED   TOWARD   RESEARCHERS   INTERESTED   IN 
STATISTICAL PATTERNS AND MATHEMATICAL MODELS OF HUMAN  LIFE  SPAN. 
FOR STUDENTS WITHIN THIS  DEFINED  AREA  OF  RESEARCH,  THIS  TEXT 
OFFERS A GOOD HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE,  INSIGHT  INTO  THE  RUSSIAN 
LITERATURE, AND INSIGHT INTO THE  QUANTITATIVE  ANALYSIS  OF  LIFE 
SPAN"   -   Dr.  Deborah  A.Roach,  Department  of  Zoology, 
    Duke University, Durham, USA. 
    ECOLOGY, 1992, vol.73, No.1, pp.379-381. 
 
 
"THIS BOOK IS IN ESSENCE A BIOSTATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PROBLEMS 
OF  LIFESPAN,  HUMAN  AND  ANIMAL.  ...  THE  LITERATURE  IN  MANY 
LANGUAGES HAD CLEARLY BEEN WELL COVERED, AND MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF 
NATIONAL AND OTHER MORTALITY STATISTICS IN  THIS  CENTURY.  ... 
A USEFUL SOURCE BOOK." - Dr. F.I.Caird, D.M., F.R.C.P.,  Professor 
   of Geriatric Medicine, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK.
   J. OF CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL GERONTOLOGY, 1992, vol.14, 
   No. 3 & 4, p.309. 
 
"... THE READER WILL BENEFIT ENORMOUSLY  FROM  THE  BROADENING  OF 
PERSPECTIVE AS A RESULT OF EXPOSURE TO THE GAVRILOVS' THEORIES  ON 
THE BIOLOGY OF LIFE SPAN"    -   Dr. M. Michael  Akiyama, 
   University of Michigan, Dearborn, USA. 
   HUMAN BIOLOGY, 1992, vol.64, No.4, pp.630-632. 
 
 
"THIS IS A PROVOCATIVE AND REFRESHING BOOK" - Dr.Alan R.Hipkiss, 
   Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, UK. 
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, 1992, vol.7,No.8,p.614. 
 
 
"THIS BOOK SHOULD  BE  READ  BY  ALL  MEMBERS  OF  THE  PROFESSION 
INTERESTED IN MORTALITY - WHICH  SHOULD  BE  ALL  MEMBERS  OF  THE 
PROFESSION" -  Dr. H.A.R.Barnett, Institute of Actuaries, UK. 
 J.OF THE INSTITUTE OF ACTUARIES, 1992, vol.119, Part II, pp.379-381.
 
"TO SUM UP, THE BOOK IS SUBSTANTIAL, INTERESTING AND BRINGS  FRESH 
AIR. WE CAN CONFIDENTLY COMMEND ITS STUDY TO ALL SCIENTISTS ... " 
   - Dr. Janos Izsak, Department of Zoology, Berzsenyi Teachers' 
   College, Szombathely, Hungary. 
ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS, 1992, vol.15, No.2,pp.192-194.
 
"A GENERAL THEORY OF LIFESPAN IS THUS CREATED." - 
 - Dr. Norman Vetter, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK. 
J.OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & COMMUNITY HEALTH, 1992, vol.46, No.6, p.630. 
 
"I FOUND IT TO BE HIGHLY REWARDING READING." -  
   Dr. Edward J.Masoro, University of Texas Health Science Center.
   QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY, 1993, vol.68, p.92. 
 
 
"THIS ... IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK. ... NOBODY INTERESTED IN AGING SHOULD   
FAIL TO READ". - 
   Dr. C.S.Downes, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. 
   BIOESSAYS, 1993, vol.15, No.5, pp.359-362. 


"...PROVOCATIVE AND ENTERTAINING READING AND CAN BE RECOMMENDED TO 
ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN BIOLOGICAL AGING." - 
   Dr. Douglas E.Crews, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State 
   University, USA
   JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL GERONTOLOGY, 1993, vol.8, No.3, pp.281-290.


"IT DESERVES TO BE READ WIDELY. SCIENTISTS AND PHYSICIANS WHO ARE 
INTERESTED IN THE AGING OF POPULATIONS OR OF INDIVIDUALS WILL BE MUCH 
MORE EFFECTIVE IN THEIR WORK IF THEY BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SUBJECT 
MATTER OF THIS BOOK." - 
    JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, 1993, vol.8, No.1, pp.59-60. 
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