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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? 

Start here with the FAQs. 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? 

Start here with the FAQs. 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

US Military Nutrition Research Leader

Obesity: Solving the epidemic by 2040

News

Small Shifts

Pennington Biomedical Encourages Small Shifts for Big Improvements in Health and Nutrition Throughout 2024

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is encouraging “Small Shifts” in the new year, including small shifts in food choices, exercise and daily routines. Through the variety of research studies undertaken by Pennington Biomedical scientists, a common refrain that has emerged from research results is that subtle, simple adjustments to personal habits and choices can build a foundation for lasting well-being.

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Kirwan Lab

Pennington Biomedical Researchers Looking for New Ways to Improve Life Span and Health During Aging

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is discovering new ways to improve life span and health during aging through its research. A new study from Pennington Biomedical, “Restricting bioenergetic efficiency enhances longevity and mitochondrial redox capacity in Drosophila melanogaster,” published in the journal Aging Cell, showed that BAM15, a compound that makes mitochondria less efficient at producing energy, extended life span in fruit flies, and was associated with less body fat and increased muscle function.

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Launchpad Innovation Pilot Awards

New Screening Tool Saving Lives: Metamor Team Developing Tool to Catch Cancer Earlier

A new partnership between a Pennington Biomedical physician-researcher at the Metamor Institute and an LSU School of Medicine oncologist has already saved several women’s lives in southeast Louisiana.

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DXA scanning device

Researchers Combine Modern Equipment for Increased Precision in Body Composition Analysis

Locating specific, localized distributions of fat and muscle in body composition is intuitively and imprecisely implied by body shape. Now, a team of researchers has discovered that the unique combination of modern deep learning models, specified equipment and three-dimensional body scans has given a quantitative validation on medical imaging that was previously only qualitative.

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