Christian P. Larsen, MD, DPhil, the Immune Tolerance Network’s (ITN’s) deputy director in transplantation, transplant surgeon, and immunologist was presented with the 2021 American Medical Association (AMA) Scientific Achievement Award.
The AMA recognized Dr. Larsen for his pioneering work that reshaped the field of transplantation. His research has reshaped our understanding of the immune system response involved in immune tolerance versus rejection in transplant patients. His contributions have turned novel scientific discovery into clinical treatment that is now the standard of care to prevent rejection in human transplantation.
Dr. Larsen’s contributions to transplant immunology have made him an internationally recognized leader in the field. These contributions include life-changing research conducted by his team that played a pivotal role in developing a new class of immunosuppressive drugs known as co-stimulation blockers, which are effective in preventing transplant tissue rejection.