George Perry obtained his B.A. degree in zoology with high honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, in 1974, and completed his Ph.D. degree in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, in 1979. After postdoctoral studies in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, Perry joined the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA, in 1982, as an Assistant Professor and has been a Professor since 1994. He was named Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology at Case and has since become the Dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA, as of January 2006. Besides his roles as Dean and Professor, Perry is very active with editorial work and is an internationally known invited Lecturer and has numerous papers, presentations, and publications to his credit. Alzheimer's disease is the fifth leading cause of death and affects one in every eight individuals aged 65 or older in the United States. Perry's research is primarily focused on how cells in the brain respond to the presence of these free radicals. Looking at how the cells react is like looking through a window into the disease. Perry is currently working to determine what causes the increased amount of free radicals and what leads to the damage they cause. Figuring out how the brain cells respond to free radicals is critical to interrupting the progress of the disease and could lead to new interventions in patients as young as those in their 30s and 40s.
Biography Updated on 20 December 2014