2024 Scientific Retreat Showcased Some of the Best of Pennington Biomedical

May 3, 2024 · Baton Rouge, LA

Publication of the YearThe annual Pennington Biomedical Scientific Retreat was held on May 1 in the C.B. Pennington Conference Center, and featured Blitz Presentations, Scientific Poster displays, guest speakers and much more. The Publication of the Year Award was also presented, filling the event with some of the very best research efforts by Pennington Biomedical researchers and scientists. LSU President Dr. William Tate attended the event and served as a guest speaker, sharing how Pennington Biomedical research is a vital node in the network of research across the LSU system. 

Awarded with a $10,000 prize and a framed cover page of their manuscript, the Pennington Biomedical publication of the year for 2023 was "The Personalized Nutrition Study (POINTS): evaluation of the genetically informed weight loss approach, a Randomized Clinical Trial" in Nat Commun. 2023 Oct 9;14(1):6321. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41969-1. PubMed PMID: 37813841; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10562431 by Dr. John Apolzan, Dr. Frank Greenway, Dr. Catherine Champagne, Dr. Corby Martin, Shengping Yang, and their colleagues. 

Other finalists for the publication of the year included the following:

A special thanks goes out to Phil Brantley, Carrie Elks, and Claire Berryman for serving on the committee, and to JD Lovelace for coordinating the Publication of the Year award.

During the retreat, blitz presentations and poster sessions highlighted cutting edge research, a panel discussion was held on AI/ML and  Dr. John  Kirwan provided an update on "Knowledge Transfer and Outside Partnerships to Increase Revenue."

Winner in the Data Blitz competition was Dr. Terrence Riley, and the Winner in the Poster Competition was Elizabeth Heintz. Both winners received $250 prizes for their efforts. 

Blitz Winners

For more information contact:

Joe Coussan, Media Relations Manager, joe.coussan@pbrc.edu, 225-763-3049 or Ernie Ballard, Senior Director of Communications & Marketing, ernie.ballard@pbrc.edu, 225-263-2677.

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 www.pbrc.edu.

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