research growth. These areas of emphasis and future direction are
identified throughout this report, and we are working collaboratively with
our philanthropic foundation so as to have the necessary resources to bring
these ideas to fruition.
As part of our mission, we strive to engage our community in discovery
and communicate our science with audiences far and wide. We also aim to
inform the decisions of legislative bodies as they make choices related to
health; to inform the work of financial bodies who seek to minimize cost,
eliminate waste and abuse, and ensure a high standard of care; and we
expect our work to move the needle of discovery forward, both at the lab
bench and in our communities.
We cannot succeed alone. Our partners and collaborators are essential
to achieving our goals. I would be remiss not to wholeheartedly thank
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and our legislature, as well as LSU
President Dr. F. King Alexander, the LSU Board of Supervisors, the Louisiana
Board of Regents, the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, and
the Pennington Medical Foundation for their steadfast commitment to
academic research and to our center.
I’m proud that Pennington Biomedical is a place of discovery focused on
improving health, nutrition, and chronic disease outcomes – and I look
forward to working with and growing this amazing team as we advance
health for generations to come.William T. Cefalu, MD
George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition