Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director

During the two-year span of time covered by this issue of the Scientific Report, we have achieved several significant milestones. Noteworthy accomplishments include the Opening of our new clinical research building, construction of the biomedical imaging center, and development of our new strategic plan – Vision 2015.

We are grateful to the Louisiana State University System Board of Supervisors, the Louisiana Board of Regents,
and the Commissioner of Higher Education, most recently Dr. Jim Purcell, for the support they have given to our efforts. We are especially grateful for the support given by LSU Board of Supervisors Chairmen, James W. Moore, Jr., Ben W. Mount, and Garret “Hank” Danos, and System President Dr. John V. Lombardi.

In recent times, we have benefitted from the support of our city’s business and political leaders. I would like to thank Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Department of Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, and Baton Rouge Area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp. Baton Rouge Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden has also taken a keen personal and professional interest in the Center, and we are grateful for his commitment. We also want to express our thanks to John Davies and John Spain of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for their support over the years.

Our deepest gratitude goes to the men and women who serve on the boards of our two supporting foundations: the Pennington Medical Foundation and the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation. Mrs.
Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, Chair of the Pennington Medical Foundation, and Mr. William Silvia, CEO
of the Pennington Medical Foundation, lead a group of dedicated individuals who have made it possible for
the Pennington Biomedical Research Center to break ground on new facilities and to acquire sophisticated
equipment and technologies on a regular basis. Mr. Tim Barfield, Chairman of the Board, and Mrs. Jennifer
Winstead, President and CEO of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, and their fellow board
members are fully engaged in the task of raising unrestricted funds and creating endowed chairs and professorships. We are all extremely grateful for their dedication and hard work on our behalf. To all the donors who are so generous in their response to the requests from the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, we give our heartfelt gratitude and thanks.

The progress we have made during these past two years would not have been possible without the dedication of our faculty, staff and management team. Their devotion to our research and education efforts makes
the Pennington Biomedical Research Center an inspiring place to work.

Our vision is to lead the world in eliminating chronic disease, and our new mission is to discover the triggers
of chronic diseases through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan. We are helping people live Well Beyond the Expected. We have continued to develop the breadth and depth of our science and our ability to achieve our mission. In this report, you will discover a wide spectrum of research programs and projects. You will also receive a brief introduction to the process leading to new discoveries.
To learn more about our science and our Center, as well as about supporting our mission, please continue to browse through this website.

Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D.
Executive Director  
George A. Bray, Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition