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(April 2009) Eileen Crimmins is a professor of gerontology and sociology at the Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California and the director of training, Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology. She is currently working on a number of projects related to aging, mortality, and health including "The Role of Biological Factors in Determining Differences in Health by Education and Income Level," the Healthy Life Expectancy in the Older Population Project, and looking at male/female differences in health and mortality as well as differences by gender in life stresses and strains.

Crimmins talked with PRB about life expectancy in the United States compared with other countries; the reasons for differing mortality trends; and the effects of lifestyle, behavior, and the health care system on mortality.

This webcast is underwritten by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Behavioral and Social Research Unit, through a grant from the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging. Funding has also been provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.