The Lifespan Health Research Center (LHRC) is an integral part of the Department of Community Health within the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The mission of the Lifespan Health Research Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge through the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and professional service. The Lifespan Health Research Center is committed to maintaining and expanding its national and international prominence in health-related biomedical research. The Lifespan Health Research Center is comprised of two divisions — the Division of Epidemiology and the Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics.
Research in the Division of Epidemiology focuses on examining risk factors and health consequences for a number of common diseases, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia and osteoporosis.
The primary mission of the Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics is to conduct research within the morphological sciences and biostatistics relevant to public health and to educate and train future leaders in the biomedical morphological sciences. Research in the Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics focuses on determinants of craniofacial morphology, genetics of bone and joint health, longitudinal modeling of growth, and assessment of skeletal maturity.
The Lifespan Health Research Center conducts ongoing research projects, and it is home to the Fels Longitudinal Study. The Fels Longitudinal Study is the world's largest and longest running study of human development, growth, body composition and aging. The LHRC, through its two divisions, draws on the strength of the Fels Longitudinal Study and other population-based studies past and present.