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David Weir

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Research Professor, Survey Research Center.

Ph.D., Stanford University

Dr. Weir's current research interests include the measurement of health-related quality of life; the use of cost-effectiveness measures in health policy and medical decision-making; the role of supplemental health insurance in the Medicare population; the effects of health, gender, and marital status on economic well-being in retirement; and the effects of early-life experience on longevity and health at older ages. He also directs the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Weir, David, Jessica Faul, and Jennifer Smith. 2015. "Large-scale genomic analyses link reproductive aging to hypothalamic signaling, breast cancer susceptibility and BRCA1-mediated DNA repair." Nature Genetics, 47: 1294–1303. DOI. Abstract.

Weir, David, Jessica Faul, and Jennifer Smith. 2015. "The association between lower educational attainment and depression owing to shared genetic effects? Results in ~25 000 subjects." Molecular Psychiatry, 20: 735-743. PMCID: PMC4610719. DOI. Abstract.

Faul, Jessica, David Weir, and Others. 2015. "Directional dominance on stature and cognition in diverse human populations." Nature, 523(7561): 459-462. PMCID: PMC4516141. DOI. Abstract.

Cole, Steven W., Morgan E. Levine, Jesusa MG Arevalo, Jeffrey Ma, David Weir, and Eileen M. Crimmins. 2015. "Loneliness, eudaimonia, and the human conserved transcriptional response to adversity." Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62: 11-17. DOI. Abstract.

Faul, Jessica, and David Weir. 2015. "Contribution of common non-synonymous variants in PCSK1 to body mass index variation and risk of obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis with evidence from up to 331 175 individuals." Human Molecular Genetics, 24(12): 3582-3594. PMCID: PMC4498155. DOI. Abstract.

Levine, M.E., S.W. Cole, David Weir, and E.M. Crimmins. 2015. "Childhood and later life stressors and increased inflammatory gene expression at older ages." Social Science & Medicine, 130: 16-22. PMCID: PMC4394113. DOI. Abstract.

Faul, Jessica, David Weir, and Others. 2015. "Genetic contributions to variation in general cognitive function: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in the CHARGE consortium (N=53 949)." Molecular Psychiatry, 20: 183-192. PMCID: PMC4356746. DOI. Abstract.

Faul, Jessica, Jennifer Smith, Sharon R. Kardia, and David Weir. 2015. "GWAS of Longevity in CHARGE Consortium Confirms APOE and FOXO3 Candidacy." Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 70(1): 110-118. PMCID: PMC4296168. DOI. Abstract.

Faul, Jessica, Jennifer Smith, David Weir, and Others. 2015. "Genetic studies of body mass index yield new insights for obesity biology." Nature, 518(7538): 197-U401. PMCID: PMC4382211. DOI. Abstract.

Weir, David, Margaret Lay, and Kenneth M. Langa. 2014. "Economic development and gender inequality in cognition: A comparison of China and India, and of SAGE and the HRS sister studies." Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 4: 114-125. PMCID: PMC4260415. DOI. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainees:

Apoorva Jadhav, Lauren Schmitz.