Distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers with over 1000 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior. Perry has been cited over 65,000 times (H=128) 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, International Engineering and Technology Institute, Texas Academy of Sciences, Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy (FABAP), Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, CChem), Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB, CBio, CSci)and the Linnean Society of London (FLS), Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS), past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists and the Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 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, Doctorado Honoris Causa (Hon. D.)-Universidad Arturo Prat, Iquique, Chile, 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-International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, Martin Goland Award- Alamo Chapter Sigma Xi, UDAAN-Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Specialist in Alzheimer disease- Expertscape, Denham Harman Award-American Aging Association, Zenith Award and Temple Award-Alzheimer Association, Mensch Award-Alzheimer Research Forum, Top Specialist in Alzheimer Disease-Expertscape, Notaveis dos Azores, Scientist of the Year-Portuguese Tribune, Senior Fulbright Fellow and the Panama National Plaque of Honor for Excellence in Neuroscience.
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.