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Our Research Programs

Intense discovery work in  the basic, clinical and  population  health sciences that aims to solve the significant health problems of our times.

Our Faculty & PostDocs

Expert explorers  revealing the latest scientific  breakthrough; and those blazing futures trails in biomedical research.  

Core Services

These core services -- highly specialized teams and equipment - support a sophisticated research infrastructure.

Calculators 

 From weight loss predictors to BMI calculators for adults and children,  our tools help many study and improve metabolic health.

Current Research Trials

At the heart of all medical advances, research trials lead the way to new paths for prevention, detection or treatment of disease.  

About Research  Trials

Research trials are used to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. 

Find out more about how the trial process works, how volunteers are protected, and other national resources of interest for volunteers and scientists. 

Participant Stories

Research trial volunteers participate for many reasons; some to help others; others to move science forward.   Find out how they are leading our work to new discoveries. 

BMI Calculator

Knowing your BMI is an important first step in research trial participation. 

Resources for the community

Free nutrition information on topics such as health properties of certain foods and what exercise is best for children. 

Events 

Pennington Biomedical hosts events that bring scientific experts to the community on a variety of topics from the health benefits of plants to women's wellness and men's health. 

Recipes

Healthy eating can taste great too! Our metabolic kitchen has designed almost one hundred recipes that are good for you and taste great.  Developed in our professional kitchen by registered dieticians, they cover all the favorites from pasta , popcorn balls and popsicles to smoothies, sliders and soups. 

Resources for teachers 

Need presentations for a classroom or an event?  These lessons, developed by our subject matter experts, are available to anyone who  needs to share information that is  supported by trusted sources. 

Technology Transfer

At the forefront of translating science into solutions, technology transfer creates the bridge from the lab to the marketplace .

Facilities

Find out about our state of the art equipment  and services that are available to researchers around the world. 

Clinical Trial Volunteers

Our volunteers move science forward by participating in trials to test the safety and efficacy of new treatments, diagnostic services and pharmaceutical interventions

Interested in investing? 

The future of biomedical innovation begins in academic research facilities.  Find out more about patents, licensing and how you can become a partner.

I'm interested in...

Our Research Programs

Intense discovery work in  the basic, clinical and  population  health sciences that aims to solve the significant health problems of our times.

Our Faculty & PostDocs

Expert explorers  revealing the latest scientific  breakthrough; and those blazing futures trails in biomedical research.  

Core Services

These core services -- highly specialized teams and equipment - support a sophisticated research infrastructure.

Calculators 

 From weight loss predictors to BMI calculators for adults and children,  our tools help many study and improve metabolic health.

Current Research Trials

At the heart of all medical advances, research trials lead the way to new paths for prevention, detection or treatment of disease.  

About Research  Trials

Research trials are used to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. 

Find out more about how the trial process works, how volunteers are protected, and other national resources of interest for volunteers and scientists. 

Participant Stories

Research trial volunteers participate for many reasons; some to help others; others to move science forward.   Find out how they are leading our work to new discoveries. 

BMI Calculator

Knowing your BMI is an important first step in research trial participation. 

Resources for the community

Free nutrition information on topics such as health properties of certain foods and what exercise is best for children. 

Events 

Pennington Biomedical hosts events that bring scientific experts to the community on a variety of topics from the health benefits of plants to women's wellness and men's health. 

Recipes

Healthy eating can taste great too! Our metabolic kitchen has designed almost one hundred recipes that are good for you and taste great.  Developed in our professional kitchen by registered dieticians, they cover all the favorites from pasta , popcorn balls and popsicles to smoothies, sliders and soups. 

Resources for teachers 

Need presentations for a classroom or an event?  These lessons, developed by our subject matter experts, are available to anyone who  needs to share information that is  supported by trusted sources. 

Technology Transfer

At the forefront of translating science into solutions, technology transfer creates the bridge from the lab to the marketplace .

Facilities

Find out about our state of the art equipment  and services that are available to researchers around the world. 

Clinical Trial Volunteers

Our volunteers move science forward by participating in trials to test the safety and efficacy of new treatments, diagnostic services and pharmaceutical interventions

Interested in investing? 

The future of biomedical innovation begins in academic research facilities.  Find out more about patents, licensing and how you can become a partner.

About Us

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University, is a world-renowned leader at the forefront of medical discoveries related to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.  Our scientists conduct basic, clinical and population health research with the vision of leading the world in promoting metabolic health and eliminating metabolic disease through scientific discoveries that create solutions from cells to society.  

Key Facts

World's largest academic nutrition research center

Helped create DASH diet, a top ranked diet in the US

250 worldwide collaborators, representing 24 countries

US Military Nutrition Research Leader

News

Leanne Redman

Dr. Leanne Redman to Lead Pennington Biomedical’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Dr. Leanne Redman has been named as the new director of Pennington Biomedical’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center, or NORC. On May 1, Dr. Redman took over the role from Dr. Eric Ravussin, who held the director position for 19 years. NORC is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, or NIDDK, of the National Institutes of Health.

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Dr. Philip Schauer

Pre-Operative Use of GLP-1s May Reduce Complications After Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Patients with Extreme Obesity

A combination of GLP-1 agonists taken before metabolic and bariatric surgery may help patients with extreme obesity lower the risk of post-operative complications, according to a new study* presented today at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

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Lipedema Awareness Month

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Recruiting Participants for Lipedema Research Study

June has been designated as Lipedema Awareness Month, and the month serves as an opportunity to educate the public about this common condition and raise funds for research. Lipedema, a condition defined by abnormal fat accumulation in certain parts of the body, most commonly the buttocks and thighs, is often misdiagnosed as obesity. This chronic and progressive condition primarily affects as many as one-in-10 women, and there is currently no cure and only limited therapies.

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The LSU main campus bell tower with a transparent banner overlay Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research

Pennington Biomedical, Additional LSU Institutions Receive Major Grant for First Athletic Research Center in Louisiana

Pennington Biomedical researchers, and a team of clinicians and staff were selected to receive a research grant from the LSU Provost’s Fund for Innovation in Research to establish Louisiana’s first center for athletic research. The 2024 Provost’s Fund for Innovation is the largest internal funding program in LSU history, investing $1.2 million in interdisciplinary research teams. The team will be led by Dr. Guillaume Spielmann, who is an assistant professor in the LSU School of Kinesiology and an adjunct assistant professor at Pennington Biomedical. The research team also includes the Director of Pennington Biomedical’s Behavior Technology Laboratory, Dr. Tiffany Stewart.

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