Dr. Aaron Kowalski Appointed President and CEO of JDRF

Dr. Aaron Kowalski newsmaker headshot; man in glasses and suit


Dr. Aaron J. Kowalski

JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) recently appointed Dr. Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D. as its president and CEO.

Dr. Kowalski has been with JDRF for 15 years, first hired in 2004 as a scientific program manager after earning his doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics from Rutgers University. By early 2006, he gained promotion and began work as director of strategic research projects.

Dr. Kowalski would continue to his climb through the ranks of JDRF and be appointed chief mission officer by 2014, responsible for the organization’s entire research portfolio.

He was instrumental in JDRF’s recent transformation from a more passive research-funder to an organization that is actively involved in both research and development of new products and policy. Now he sees himself leading the organization he has spent his entire career working to expand and improve.

As someone diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 13, Dr. Kowalski’s passion for helping others with the disease is informed by his personal experience as well as his educational and professional expertise.

An internationally-recognized expert in the field, Dr. Kowalski is known for the creation of the “artificial pancreas roadmap” that has since been adopted by the diabetes industry to greatly accelerate commercial treatment systems. He has also authored dozens of widely-cited research articles, including the groundbreaking New England Journal of Medicine study establishing the effectiveness of continuous glucose monitors in T1D, cementing him as a global leader in diabetes treatment research.

“Many of us know Aaron as a highly respected leader in the scientific community, a passionate advocate with government officials, and a trusted partner and counselor to leading diabetes organizations around the world,” stated Ellen Leake, chair of the JDRF International Board of Directors in a press release about the appointment. “Aaron is uniquely fit to step into the job of CEO with a combination of management, leadership and people skills. He understands like almost no one else the needs and potential of T1D research. On top of that, he connects personally with the entire JDRF community.”

Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D. succeeds Derek Rapp, who announced his decision to step down last October after almost five years at the helm of JDRF.


Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Youth Today's ISSN: 10896724
Our XML website site map:

Recent Comments



Logo Grant professional Association Business Alliance
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2019 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
1200 Chastain Rd, MD 00310, Chastain Pointe Bldg 300, Suite 310, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

To Top
[os-widget path="/youthtoday/able-youth-today-newsletter-survey"]
<script type="text/javascript"> (function(d,s,id,u){ if (d.getElementById(id)) return; var js, sjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], t = Math.floor(new Date().getTime() / 1000000); js=d.createElement(s);; js.async=1; js.src=u+'?'+t; sjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, sjs); }(document, 'script', 'os-widget-jssdk', '')); </script><div class="os_widget" data-path="/youthtoday/able-youth-today-newsletter-survey" id="os-widget-512970"></div>