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Gov. Edwards to Lead Economic Diversification Mission to Europe, Promote Aerospace, Life Sciences and Energy Investment Opportunities in Louisiana

This Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards will lead Louisiana Economic Development officials and business and health sciences leaders from around the state on an economic growth and diversification mission to France and Belgium. While abroad, Governor Edwards will attend the Paris Air Show, the largest aerospace and aviation trade show in the world, and BIO Day, a gathering of Louisiana and Belgian bioscience business and research leaders.

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Dr. Ursula White

Understanding the Biology of Obesity

Individuals with obesity are at risk of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ursula White, assistant professor of clinical science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the director of the Physiology of Human Adipose Tissue Laboratory, studies the biology of obesity to investigate why this happens, in the hopes that with better understanding will come options to prevent or treat these diseases.

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PBRC

Dr. Kenneth Eilertsen on BIO from the Bayou

Creating relationships between industry and university science is difficult but crucial. On this episode, Dr. Kenneth Eilertsen from Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) discusses his new position as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and how he helps bridge the gap between PBRC and faculty startups and other external partners. He explains the challenges to effective commercialization and the underdeveloped innovation culture in universities with thoughts on how to address both. Episode hosted by Patrick Reed.

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Lab Employees

May 2023 Publications

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

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Bouchard

Pennington Biomedical Announces Major Gift to Support Postdoctoral Researchers

Former Pennington Biomedical Research Center Executive Director Dr. Claude Bouchard and his wife, Monique Chagnon, were celebrated at a luncheon on Tuesday, May 30, for their generous gift to enhance the postdoctoral researcher experience at Pennington Biomedical.

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Study

Large Study Provides Scientists with Deeper Insight into Long COVID Symptoms

Initial findings from a study of nearly 10,000 Americans, many of whom had COVID-19, have uncovered new details about long COVID, the post-infection set of conditions that can affect nearly every tissue and organ in the body. Clinical symptoms can vary and include fatigue, brain fog, and dizziness, and last for months or years after a person has COVID-19.

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Dr. Frank Greenway

Pennington Biomedical Research Project Secures Grant at Baton Rouge Health-Tech Catalyst Pitch Night

A collaboration among Dr. Frank Greenway of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Dr. Beverly Ogden of Woman’s Hospital in partnership with LSU, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was named as one of three award recipients at the Baton Rouge Health-Tech Catalyst Pitch Night. The team will investigate non-invasive treatment of uterine fibroids, or benign growths, such as leiomyomas or myomas, that development from the muscle tissue of the uterus.

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NPH

NIH Launches Largest Precision Nutrition Research Effort of Its Kind

The National Institutes of Health is now enrolling participants in a landmark initiative to advance nutrition research. Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us Research Program, or NPH, is working with 14 sites across the United States – including Pennington Biomedical Research Center and LSU Health Sciences New Orleans in Louisiana – to engage 10,000 participants from diverse backgrounds and learn more about how our bodies respond differently to food.

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Krisztian Stadler

Exploring Options for Kidney Disease

While there is currently no cure for kidney disease—only dialysis or having a kidney transplant—work being done at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is exploring other options to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with the disease.

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Claire Berryman

Low Oxygen Weight Loss Trial at Pennington Biomedical Open to Participants

Does altitude play a role in weight loss? Why is it easier to lose weight in Colorado versus Louisiana? Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center are seeking answers to these questions through one of the latest research trials, the “Low Oxygen and Weight Status,” or LOWS study. The LOWS study will determine whether exposure to low oxygen levels in the air, similar to those at higher altitudes, can help individuals with obesity lose weight and improve health.

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Heart Health

DASH Diet, Developed in Part at Pennington Biomedical, Ranks as the American Heart Association’s Top Heart-Healthy Eating Style

A new American Heart Association scientific statement assessed and scored the heart healthiness of popular dietary patterns, and the DASH Diet – developed in part at Pennington Biomedical Research Center – received a perfect score as the top heart-healthy eating plan.

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Moms and Kids

Infants and Toddlers Up to 5 Years Old Can Participate in Shape Up! Keiki Study at Pennington Biomedical

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for children 5 years old and younger to participate in the Shape Up! Keiki research study. The purpose of the Shape Up! Keiki research study is to create a better way to measure and describe health from body shape.

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Helping Families and Doctors Fight Childhood Obesity

Helping Families and Doctors Fight Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has been on a noticeable rise since the 1990s, but researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center have seen an even more dramatic uptick in this disease since the pandemic began.

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PBRC

$2 Million Grant Investment Aims to Reduce Food Waste

An estimated 35 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away, valued at an average $408 billion loss annually. About 37 percent of waste occurs in homes, though this amount is likely underestimated due to the difficulty of measuring household food waste.

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Lab Employees

April 2023 Publications

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

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Stephania Cormier

New Study in Experimental Biology and Medicine Highlights the Links Between Air Quality and COVID-19 Severity

A recently published article in Experimental Biology and Medicine (Volume 248, Issue 3, January, 2023) addresses the mechanisms by which air pollution worsens COVID-19, highlighting the apparent protection offered by a dietary antioxidant, astaxanthin.

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Staiano

Built environment strongest predictor of adolescent obesity, related health behaviors

New research shows that the built environment, not social and economic environments, is a strong predictor of adolescents’ body mass index (BMI), overweight and obesity status, and eating behaviors, according to a new study in Obesity, The Obesity Society’s (TOS) flagship journal. This study provides the first quasi-experimental empirical evidence of these environments on adolescents’ BMI, overweight, obesity and related behaviors.

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Basic Sciences Lab

Innovation at Pennington Biomedical Gets New Emphasis

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is home to new and exciting discoveries made right here in Baton Rouge every day. While not every scientific breakthrough will end up as a new diagnostic test or treatment available in the marketplace, many Pennington Biomedical innovations do have that potential.

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March 2023 Publications

March 2023 Publications

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

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Robert Kesterson

Solving Cancer, Together: LSU Adds Key Expertise to Improve Cancer Outcomes in Louisiana

With investment by the state, LSU is attracting and supporting top research talent to solve some of the biggest challenges in cancer care for patients and families, starting with Louisianans. The effort builds on an historic $75 million investment in LSU by LCMC Health to rapidly advance cancer research, treatment and outcomes in Louisiana and ensure a sustained talent pipeline for the state’s healthcare industry.

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