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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

Health Across the Lifespan Begins with Small Shifts

At Pennington Biomedical, our passion is straightforward: prevent disease, treat disease, end disease. Through innovative research, and with the involvement of the Baton Rouge community, we are applying cutting edge technologies to improve human health. But in addressing nutrition, obesity and diabetes, many approaches do not employ state-of-the-art lab equipment. Addressing them requires small shifts.

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Ways to Work Out in the Workplace

Entrepreneurial scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center win national grants and corporate contracts that fund hundreds of biomed jobs at the Center in Baton Rouge each year. Over the past 35 years, Pennington Biomedical has attracted researchers from around the world to its Baton Rouge campus with the purpose of helping people live longer, healthier lives. These internationally renowned scientists collaborate with their colleagues in 240 academic institutions in 24 countries. Their work has generated close to 400,000 citations in scientific literature with five scientists ranking among the most cited researchers in the world

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March 2024 Publications

The following are recent publications by the researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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Color-coded world map indicating rates of obesity by country

More Than One Billion People Around the Globe are Facing Obesity

Obesity is now the most common form of malnutrition in most countries, with the rates rising in all categories of men, women, children and adolescents since 1990. Obesity rates in adult men have nearly tripled since 1990, with obesity rates in woman doubling in that time. The rates of obesity in children and adolescents quadrupled in that time frame, as well. As of 2022, nearly 880 million adults and nearly 160 million children were living with obesity.

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