Pennington Biomedical Research Center Hosts Team for LSU Health Shreveport for Scientific Exchange, Future Collaboration

June 3, 2024 · Baton Rouge, LA

PBRC and LSU Health ShreveportPennington Biomedical hosted a team of researchers from LSU Health Shreveport on Friday, May 31, for a scientific exchange and to explore potential for research collaborations related to metabolic health.

The focus of the discussion was centered on obesity-related liver and cardiovascular disease, but also touched on metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress, as well as the latest developments in bioimaging and bariatric surgery interventions. Pennington Biomedical Executive Director Dr. John Kirwan and LSU Health Shreveport Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Dr. Chris Kevil are exploring ways to collaborate on research of mutual interest at the two campuses.

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center team included John Kirwan, Christopher Axelrod, Elizabeth Zunica, Elizabeth Heintz, Christopher Morrison, Krisz Stadler, Tim Heden, Sujoy Ghosh, Owen Carmichael, and Philip Schauer.

The LSU Health Science Center Shreveport team included Chris Kevil, Arif Yurdagul Jr., Gopi Kolluru, Nirav Dhanesha, Tarek Magdy Mohamed, Oren Rom, Mabruka Alfaidi, Mohammad Alfrad Nobel Bhuiyan, Md. Shenuarin Bhuiyan, Andrew Yurochko, and Matthew Woolard.

Researchers from Pennington Biomedical and LSU Health Shreveport are already collaborating in a number of ways, including as part of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center, or LA CaTS; Parkinson’s disease studies; HIV studies; and promoting successful weight loss in primary care in Louisiana, among other initiatives.

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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 a campus of the LSU System. The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 530 employees within a network of 44 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 a state-of-the-art research facility on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge. For more information, see

Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808