Dr. Jennifer C. Reneker
Assistant Dean of Scholarly Innovation
School of Population Health
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Dr. Jennifer C. Reneker is a neurologic/ vestibular physical therapist, epidemiologist, and innovator, serving as an Assistant Dean of Scholarly Innovation and Associate Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Over the past 11 years, Dr. Reneker has received numerous grants supporting her research directed towards the advancement of evidence-based prevention, detection, and management strategies for neurological impairments. When she moved to Mississippi in 2016, she developed an ardent appreciation for inequities in access to specialist care and began developing innovative ideas to bridge this gap. Through the Center of Excellence in Telehealth at UMMC, she is the principal investigator for a Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA) funded project utilizing an innovative sensorimotor testing strategy in headset virtual reality to provide decision support for the diagnosis and treatment of concussion in collegiate athletes. The goal is to develop a telemedicine compatible medical device to extend access to specialist care for concussion in the rural poor, underserved areas of the United States, and in military environments. Dr. Reneker is the sole-owner of a spin-off company, Alter VIST, LLC., for commercialization of the technology related to her work.