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Dr. Thomas Perls is a geriatrician and researcher in the study of ageing at Boston University School of Medicine. As an associate professor in medicine he cares for older patients with complex medical problems and challenging affronts to their independence, while additionally directing the National Institute on Aging-funded New England Centenarian Study (the NECS). The NECS is the largest study of people living to 100 years and beyond in the world. He additionally directs the Long Life Family Study at BU. These studies are leading the way in finding out how and why centenarians and their kids, who're in their seventies and eighties, live the vast majority of their lives disability-free and in the case of supercentenarians, people who live to 110 and beyond with age-related diseases not occurring until the quite end of life. [+]