The value that postdoctoral trainees play in the mission of Pennington Biomedical can be best demonstrated by how they are treated and respected as emerging junior scientists in the field. It is this “culture” of supporting postdocs that has awarded Pennington Biomedical the distinction of being recognized as one of the highest-ranked institutions in The Scientist’s annual listing of Best Places to Work for Postdocs. Furthermore, the recent naming of our Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education, Leanne Redman, as the 2018 Garnett Powers National Postdoctoral Association Mentor of the Year, reinforces the value that our postdocs have of the faculty at Pennington Biomedical.
Pennington Biomedical’s Drs. Phil Brantley and Leanne Redman were recently awarded a five-year, $1.75 million T32 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. The funding supports postdoctoral training positions in obesity research. It is the fourth time NIH has chosen Pennington Biomedical for a T32 award, the purpose of which is to prepare trainees for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.