Biomarkers in Demographic Research

Thomas McDade*

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The integration of biological measures into demographic research bridges the gap between field- and clinic-based approaches to understanding human health, and it has the potential to transform the study of human biology. This article discusses the benefits, as well as potential costs, of collecting biomarker data in large-scale, social science surveys. It reviews methodological options for field-based biomarker data collection, and highlights recent applications to demonstrate their utility for promoting innovative research into the causes and consequences of human biological variation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Aging
  • Biodemography
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Biosocial
  • Fertility
  • Growth and development
  • Health disparities
  • Human biology
  • Life course
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Population health
  • Social epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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