Klamath Exceptional Aging project


The Klamath Exceptional Aging Project (KEAP) was started in 1999 with the goal of adding a rural population to other studies of normal aging that were being conducted at the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University. KEAP study subjects are volunteers over the age of 85 who live in the Klamath Basin watershed, a rural area in south-central Oregon and Northern California. So far, over 400 residents of the Klamath Basin have volunteered for KEAP, with about 140 being active at any one time. Some of these healthy agers have been participating in the study for ten years.

KEAP represents a successful collaboration between rural community-based research and the Layton Center. KEAP has received long-term funding from the Merle West Center for Medical Research (MWCMR), a local foundation in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The KEAP study team is led by Jim Calvert, MD, who is the Executive Director of the Merle West Center for Medical Research and a practicing family physician and includes research nurses based in Klamath Falls as well as researchers from the Layton Center

For information, please contact Jim Calvert, MD at calvertj@ohsu.edu or 541 274-2000.