Redman Named Associate Executive Director

For more information, contact Ted Griggs,, 225-763-2862 or

Lisa Stansbury,, 225-763-2978

March 20, 2020

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA –  Leanne Redman, PhD, Professor and Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory, has been named Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Dr. Redman is Co-Program Director with Phillip Brantley, PhD, professor and former Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education, on Pennington Biomedical’s most recent renewal of the Training in Obesity Research National Institutes of Health T32 award.  The grant funding is used to train postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Redman has extensive mentoring experience, and her mentees have received awards and recognition at National and International Societies and independent training grants through the NIH.  As a testimony to her mentoring, Dr. Redman won the 2018 National Postdoctoral Association, Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor of the Year Award.

“Training the next generation of scientists is an essential part of our mission.  For nearly two decades, Dr. Brantley provided exemplary leadership in establishing Pennington Biomedical as one of the national leaders in postdoctoral training and education in obesity and metabolism,” Executive Director John Kirwan, PhD, said.  “We are confident that with Dr. Redman’s guidance, Pennington Biomedical will remain on the cutting edge of scientific education and training the highest quality postdoctoral fellows.”

Dr. Redman’s research includes a focus on helping to break the cycle of obesity, which can begin in the earliest stages of pregnancy.  One of her current NIH-funded studies aims to help low-income moms improve their lifestyles and maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. 

Dr. Redman also led one of the first studies that showed cutting calories by 15 percent for two years slowed aging and metabolism and protected against age-related diseases.  Altogether, Dr. Redman’s work has drawn $10.5 million in research funding to Pennington Biomedical. 


About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.  The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with Louisiana State University.  The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 450 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel.  Pennington Biomedical is located in state-of-the-art research facilities on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  For more information, see