Dr. Krischer tapped to strengthen internal medicine’s federally funded research

Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, Distinguished University Health Professor and director of the Health Informatics Institute at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, has been appointed Vice Chair of Research for the college’s Department of Internal Medicine.

In his new role within Internal Medicine, Dr. Krischer – who attracts record federal research dollars to USF – will work with leadership to recruit National Institutes of Health R01-funded researchers and mentor junior faculty with the goal of strengthening federal research funding in basic, translational and clinical sciences.

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Jeffrey Krischer, PhD

Dr. Krischer has a longstanding commitment to diabetes research and to understanding the mechanisms of autoimmunity and disease progression.  His NIH-funded research in the latest Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research report totals more than $64 million, making him the #1 highest funded principal investigator in the world.

Dr. Krischer oversees the Health Informatics Institute in the Morsani College of Medicine. The Institute coordinates, analyzes and maintains research data from several international, NIH-sponsored clinical networks investigating the causes and outcomes of type 1 diabetes, including The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY), Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, and the Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk (TRIGR). Members of the Institute have funding from industry, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the NIH for studies in oncology, type 2 diabetes, molecular biology and “big data” (‘omics).

He is also principal investigator for a major NIH data coordinating center that supports the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, which addresses the challenges of diagnosing and treating rare diseases. The Network includes more than 250 university medical centers worldwide.

Dr. Krischer holds a USF Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research and is director of the USF Diabetes Center. He is a professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Pediatrics, with joint appointments as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Krischer received a PhD in applied math from Harvard University. Before joining USF in 1993, he was professor and chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For 10 years Dr. Krischer served as Associate Center Director and Chief Information Officer for Moffitt Cancer Center.