More than Four Decades of Research on Human Health and Longevity
Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science
The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science (ORCLS) is a leading non-profit biomedical research institute built on the foundation of the Okinawa Centenarian Study (OCS), the longest, continuously running study of hundred-year-olds in the world (established 1975).
The support and cooperation of the local Okinawa community has been invaluable through their participation in the Okinawa Centenarian Study. Over the past several decades, OCS and its participants have made important contributions to our understanding of the aging process and longevity.
Today, the multidisciplinary OCS includes interviews and examinations of cumulatively more than 3,000 Okinawan centenarians and younger elders in their seventies, eighties, and nineties, looking for commonalities in underlying genetic and lifestyle factors (and their interactions) that could shed light on their long-term vitality and healthy aging.