Program in Health over Time

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Our Mission

The Vanderbilt Program in Health over Time (HoT) investigates the factors, mechanisms, and manifestations of human frailty and resilience, using interdisciplinary studies that draw inspiration, expertise, and methodologies from diverse fields. HoT program scientists focus on the skeletal and immune systems over diverse time intervals, including the span of individual lifetimes and the span of human history. Our team works at the frontier of studies in human longevity by studying radiological images and bone and soft tissue samples from mummified human remains that are thousands of years old, skeletonized remains from archaeological sites, and living patients worldwide. The goal of our studies is to use knowledge of the past and present to create a healthier future.