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Robert Perlman, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Contact Information

773.702.6425 — Phone
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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Robert Perlman 's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database

Research Interests

Evolution and Medicine
Robert Perlman
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
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I am interested in the integration of evolutionary biology and medicine. Specifically, I am interested in developing an evolutionary understanding of the persistence, manifestations, and natural history of disease. Evolutionary insights are especially valuable in clarifying the processes of host-parasite and gene-culture coevolution, and of aging. I would like to broaden the application of evolutionary biology to health by providing evolutionary explanations for the socioeconomic gradient in health and for the placebo effect. Finally, and more broadly, I am interested in integrating evolutionary and mechanistic approaches to our understanding of living organisms.