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George Perry, PhD
University of Texas at San Antonio
Areas of Interest:
aging, Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid, cytoskeleton, free radicals, metals, mitochondria, neurodegeneration, oxidative stress, phosphorylation
Biography & Research:
George Perry, Ph.D., is Professor and holds the Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He obtained his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1979 and received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine where he laid the foundation for his observations of abnormalities in cell structures. Dr. Perry is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers with over 1,000 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior, and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research. He is editor for numerous journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Perry was elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, is a past winner of the Denham Harmon Lifetime Achievement Award (discoverer of the Free Radical Theory of Aging) from the American Association for Aging, and the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer Association. Internationally recognized, he is a Foreign Correspondent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Science Lisbon, and a Foreign Member of the Mexican National Academy of Sciences. He is also a recipient of the National Plaque of Honor from the Republic of Panama Ministry of Science and Technology. Perry takes great pride in his Azorean-Portuguese heritage and has served on the advisory council of the University of Coimbra and the Portuguese Ministry of Sciences’ review of centers. Perry is one of the most cited Portuguese or Portuguese-American scientists in the world. He collaborates extensively with leading scientists and educators in Iberia and Latin America. He was awarded a Doctorado Honoris Causa from Chile for his educational and economic development efforts. Dr. Perry’s research is primarily focused on how Alzheimer’s disease develops and the physiological consequences of the disease at a cellular level. He is currently working to determine the sequence of events leading to damage caused by and the source of increased oxygen radicals along with routes to provide more effective treatment.