George Perry, Ph.D.
Dr. George Perry, a renowned Portuguese American academic and researcher, has been appointed as the National Organization of Portuguese American's (NOPA) new Chairman. Dr. Perry follows the term of Mr. Jos� Jo�o Morais to whom NOPA extends its wholehearted gratitude for his term of service, dedication, and support for the advancing the organization's mission to empower the Portuguese American community. Under Mr. Morais' tenure, NOPA helped to reinstate the Congressional Portuguese American Caucus after it was defunct for eight years, held its first Young Portuguese American Leaders Summit, hosted a delegation of business leaders from Portugal for visits with Congressional leaders, and published the first ever Portuguese American Yearbook.
Dr. Perry has served on NOPA's advisory board for the past three years providing guidance on how to promote higher education and research opportunities for young Portuguese Americans. As dean of the College of Sciences and professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio, he is recognized in the field of Alzheimer disease research particularly for his work on oxidative metabolism.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Perry stated: "I am deeply honored to serve the Portuguese community in this new role. NOPA's efforts to support the Portuguese-American community have enriched the educational, cultural, political empowerment of our community." Dr. Perry plans to push an agenda that will focus on higher education opportunities for young Portuguese Americans.
Perry received his bachelor's of arts degree in zoology with high honors from University of California Santa Barbara. After graduation, he headed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography and obtained his Ph.D. in marine biology under David Epel in 1979. He then received a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology in the laboratories of Drs. Bill Brinkley and Joseph Bryan at Baylor College of Medicine where he laid the foundation for his observations of abnormalities in cell structures. In 1982, Perry joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, where he currently holds an adjunct appointment.
He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer's disease researchers with over 900 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior. Perry has been cited over 46,000 times (H=107) and is recognized as an ISI highly cited researcher. Perry is editor for numerous journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Microscopy Society of America, Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem), Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Pathologists, Society of Biology (CBio, CSci)and the Linnean Society of London, past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists, Foreign Correspondent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Foreign Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, Corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and member of the Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization. He won the Distinguished Professional Mentor award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences, Senior Investigator Award of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, Senior Fulbright Fellow and the Panama National Plaque of Honor for Excellence in Neuroscience. And in 2012, the Portuguese Tribune named him Scientist of the Year.
Perry's research is primarily focused on how Alzheimer 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 metabolic abnormalities.