The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH



Providing evidence-based, scientific research on the impact of physical fitness is the core of what we do at The Cooper Institute.

Front Row (L-R): Beth Wright, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, The Cooper Institute; I-Min Lee, MBBS, MPH, ScD, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University; Laura DeFina, MD, FACP President and CEO, Chief Science Officer, The Cooper Institute; Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FAAACSM, President and Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise; Barry A. Franklin, PhD, Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, Wayne State University; Middle Row (L-R): William Haskell, PhD, Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine, Stanford University; Steve Farrell, PhD, Sr. Investigator, The Cooper Institute; Benjamin Willis, MD, MPH, Director of Epidemiology, The Cooper Institute; Wendy Kohrt, PhD, Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Jarett Berry, MD, MS, Associate Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Back Row (L-R): Harold Kohl, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, UT Health Science Center School of Public Health; Charles Matthews, PhD, Senior Investigator, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health; David Leonard, PhD, Sr. Biostatistician, The Cooper Institute; William S. Harris, PhD, FAHA, President and CEO, OmegaQuant; (Not Pictured): Andjelka Pavlovic, Ph.D., CI-CPT, NAM-CPT, Director of Youth Operations and Research, The Cooper Institute; Benjamin Levine, MD, Professor of Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine

The Cooper Institute Prevention Research Summit brings together nationally recognized researchers and The Cooper Institute research team to discuss what important health-related studies can be performed in the future.

Led by Dr. Laura DeFina, CEO and Chief Science Officer, our research is collectively shaping the way the world views exercise and its impact on quality of life and longevity. The Cooper Institute is building strong relationships with other research teams and thought leaders, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Dallas Center for Brain Health, Stanford University, Harvard University, Duke University and UT School of Public Health.

Together, we are answering questions about how to live a healthier life at any age. We may not know all the answers now, but we do know that research is the key to finding them later.
Nationally Recognized Researchers:
  • Jarett Berry, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Barry A. Franklin, PhD, Wayne State University
  • William Haskell, PhD, Stanford University
  • Harold Kohl, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health
  • Wendy Kohrt, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • William Kraus, MD, Duke University
  • I-Min Lee, MBBS, MPH, ScD, Harvard University
  • Benjamin Levine, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
  • Charles Matthews, PhD, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS)

Our principal research asset, the CCLS allows researchers to evaluate the effect of lifestyle choices on the development of chronic conditions, mortality, healthcare costs, and much more.

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Published Research

The CCLS has produced over 700 papers published in peer-reviewed journals over the past 50 years. The research from this longitudinal study has shaped the way the world views exercise and its impact on quality of life and longevity.

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Research Team

The Cooper Institute’s research team includes renowned authors, lecturers, physicians and epidemiologists. In addition to our on-site research team, The Institute collaborates with many world-renowned research teams.

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