Since 2005, the Botanical Research Center (BRC) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center has hosted an annual free education event targeted to the community at large to promote awareness of ongoing botanical research at the Center. This year, the Botanical Community Education event is scheduled on Tuesday, February 25th, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Doors will open at 5:00 for FREE blood pressure screenings and exhibit viewing. There will be light refreshments - if you require special food, please be encouraged to bring that with you.

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The Botanical Research Center (BRC) was created in 2005 through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and is a national center for the study of botanicals and metabolic syndrome. Since its inception, the BRC has significantly advanced the study of botanicals and metabolic syndrome.

The goal of the Botanical Research Center is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of botanicals in addressing the pathophysiologic mechanisms that lead to the development of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. The specific aims of the Botanical Research Center are:

  • To promote a collaborative and interactive research environment to develop an internationally-recognized center of excellence in the area of botanicals and mechanisms of metabolic disease.
  • To identify and further study botanicals with potential efficacy in metabolic syndrome, to identify their bioactive constituents, to standardize and optimize those botanicals, to provide necessary pre-clinical and mechanisms of action data, and to translate the foregoing findings into clinical studies in humans.
  • To expand the critical mass of investigators addressing botanical research by identifying, recruiting and mentoring promising young investigators.

C.B. Pennington Jr. Building
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808