Vice Chancellor for Research

Jennifer Larsen, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer LarsonDr. Jennifer Larsen, vice-chancellor for research, is an active clinical/translational investigator and former associate vice chancellor for clinical research.

She was also the first associate dean for Clinical Research for the College of Medicine and is the director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. 

The Louise and Morton Degen Professor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Larsen has focused her research on the metabolic consequences of organ transplantation. She co-authored the American Diabetes Association Position Statement on Pancreas and Islet Transplantation, the 2003 National Kidney Foundation (NKF) task force on Diabetes and Kidney Transplantation, and was a member of the NKF task force for the evaluation of the Living Donor for Kidney Transplantation.

Her current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, evaluates the role of potential nontraditional risk factors in vascular disease after kidney transplantation. She also has worked with many regional Native American tribes to evaluate novel risk factors and effective strategies that reduce risk of diabetes in youth and adults.

She serves on the advisory committee for the Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is focused on reducing health disparities for the 18 tribes of the Aberdeen Area. Nationally, she has held multiple leadership positions within the American Federation of Clinical Research, the Association for Program Directors in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and The Endocrine Society.

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