Professor Richard Larkins has combined clinical work in endocrinology and general medicine with research into the causes and complications of diabetes, vitamin D metabolism and other aspects of diabetes and endocrinology. As a clinical academic he was the James Stewart Professor of Medicine for 14 years and Dean of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne for 5 years. He ceased active medical practice when he became Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University in 2003. Other leadership positions held have included Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council, President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, President of the Endocrine Society of Australia, Chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Medical Council and Chair of Universities Australia. He remains active in medical and research policy as Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre partnership, Chair of the Council of EMBL Aust, President of the National Stroke Foundation and Chair of the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company.