Thomas Perls

Director, New England Centenarian Study
Associate Professor, School of Medicine

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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester NY (1986)

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As director of the New England Centenarian Study, Dr. Perl’s research aims to decipher the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to longevity. Dr. Perls is among the international leaders in the field of human exceptional longevity. He has been responsible for numerous novel and pivotal findings in the field and is an expert in  in epidemiology,… Read more

As director of the New England Centenarian Study, Dr. Perl’s research aims to decipher the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to longevity. Dr. Perls is among the international leaders in the field of human exceptional longevity. He has been responsible for numerous novel and pivotal findings in the field and is an expert in  in epidemiology, the genetics of aging and exceptional longevity.

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  • Oldest Jamaican is also world’s super centenarian

    April 27, 2017

    Caribbean Life Thomas Perls, School of Medicine “The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900…” Expert quote: “They aren’t born with just one ‘aging well’ gene, but many of them — ‘it’s like winning the lottery’.” View full article. 

  • Long Island centenarians still living life to the fullest

    February 8, 2017

    Newsday Thomas Perls, School of Medicine  On a typical day, Edward Palkot tools around in his car throughout Garden City, his home since 1939… Expert quote: Obviously, a good sense of humor is an asset for hitting 100, but other factors, notably medical advances since 1900 and genetics, have played a factor in the rising […]

  • The world’s oldest person is 117! In her honor, 5 longevity secrets

    December 2, 2016

    Today Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Happy birthday, Emma Morano! The Italian woman certified as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records turned 117 on Tuesday… Expert quote: “It’s incredible and very rare. If I could get there, I would.” View full article

  • He’s 106. And Knows the Score.

    November 7, 2016

    New York Times Thomas Perls, School of Medicine John Risher drove north on Route 29, a briefcase resting in the car’s back seat… Expert quote: Perls, who has interviewed over 2,000 centenarians across the world, called Risher “the oldest driver I’ve ever heard of.” And he described Risher — a man who has reached 106 […]

  • Can People Live to 150? Probably Not, New Study Finds

    October 6, 2016

    NBC News Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Human beings have a maximum lifespan, and it’s probably 115 years, researchers said Wednesday… Expert quote: “This is all stuff many of us in the field knew. It was just a matter of putting it down on paper.” View full article

  • How long can people live? New study suggests there’s a limit

    October 6, 2016

    Associated Press Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Just how long can people live?… Expert quote: Instead of searching for an anti-aging pill, people should focus on eating better and exercising to stay healthy in their twilight years, said Dr. Thomas Perls, professor of geriatrics at Boston University who heads the New England Centenarian Study. View […]

  • Armstrong: At 100, Bessie will celebrate with sis – who’s 102

    June 29, 2016

    Philadelphia Inquirer Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Guess who’s going to Bessie Williams’ 100th birthday party on Sunday… Expert quote: “It’s really quite rare. When we find centenarians, maybe one out of 20 has a living brother or sister.” View full article

  • Communities look to adapt as more seniors going strong past age 100

    February 6, 2016

    The Columbus Dispatch Thomas Perls, School of Medicine The number of Americans living to age 100 and older has surged nearly 44 percent since 2000, and they’re poised to win over the nation’s imaginations and hearts with their spunkiness, wisdom and can-do-attitudes, many experts say… View full article quoting expert Thomas Perls

  • A doctor explains why a woman would use the kind of growth hormone linked to sports doping scandals

    January 6, 2016

    Business Insider Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Peyton Manning found himself embroiled in scandal when Al Jazeera released “The Dark Side,” a documentary that purported to link shipments of human growth hormone (HGH) to the quarterback in 2011… Expert quote: “In my opinion, there’s no scientific or medical evidence there.” View full article

  • Do you have genes that will let you live to age 100?

    December 14, 2015

    Washington Post Thomas Perls, School of Medicine Mary Harada’s father lived to 102, healthy and sharp to the end… Expert quote: “Aging is not simple. There are many different biological mechanisms involved in aging, so it makes sense that there are different genes involved. We are still in the infancy of figuring this out.’’ View […]

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