Jami L. Josefson, MD

Community, Population Health, and Outcomes
Pronouns: She, Her
Contact: jjosefson@luriechildrens.org

“The overarching goal of my research program is to reduce the public health burden of childhood obesity and associated metabolic diseases by identifying high-risk children so that interventions can be facilitated. As both an independent investigator and a collaborator on multicenter studies, I have conducted clinical and translational research studies in pregnant women and their children for over 10 years. I intend to contribute to the field of obesity and diabetes prevention and have an impact on mitigating the inter-generational cycle of obesity and metabolic diseases.”

Research Interests

  • Developmental Origins of Childhood Metabolic Disease
  • Thyroid Cancer in Children and Adolescents
  • Epigenetics
  • Maternal/Fetal Nutrition and Metabolism

Biography

  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Jami Josefson, MD, is a physician-scientist with a research interest in the developmental origins of obesity. Dr. Josefson studies metabolism in pregnancy and the near- and long-term metabolic outcomes in children. Her long-term goal is to facilitate early intervention to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. As a pediatric endocrinologist, she cares for children with hormone conditions and has a special interest in endocrine tumors, specifically thyroid cancers and adrenal cortical tumors. She is the Medical Director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Interdisciplinary Thyroid Program. 

Education and Background

  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Scholar 2014
  • MS, Northwestern University 2013
  • Fellowship in Pediatrics Endocrinology, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital) 2008
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2004
  • MD, University of Illinois at Chicago 2001

Research Highlights

ABERRANT DNA METHYLATION UNDERLYING ADVERSE PRENATAL EXPOSURES AND INCREASED NEWBORN AND CHILD ADIPOSITY 

The goal of this project is to conduct DNA methylation studies on cord blood from participants of the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Follow up Study and gain mechanistic insights into associations between hyperglycemia in pregnancy and adiposity in neonates and children. 

Featured Grants

The GROWTH Study, Glycemia Range and Offspring Weight and adiposity in response to Human milk

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
04/01/2023 → 01/31/2028

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