About the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center

Since 2005, the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center (BDSRC) at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has hosted an annual free education event for the community to promote awareness of ongoing botanical research at the center.

Presentation information from our previous conferences can be found here.

The BDSRC was created through a grant from the National Institutes of Health and is a national center for the study of botanicals and metabolic syndrome. Since its inception, the BDSRC has significantly advanced the study of botanicals and metabolic syndrome. The goal of the BDSRC is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of botanicals in addressing many of the mechanisms that lead to the development of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.

The specific aims of the BDSRC are:​

  • To promote a collaborative and interactive research environment to develop an internationally-recognized center of excellence in the area of botanicals and mechanisms of metabolic disease.
  • To identify and further study botanicals with potential efficacy in metabolic syndrome, to identify their bioactive constituents, to standardize and optimize those botanicals, to provide necessary preclinical and mechanisms of action data, and to translate the foregoing findings into clinical studies in humans.
  • To expand the critical mass of investigators addressing botanical research by identifying, recruiting and mentoring promising young investigators