Our Impact

Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation provides support that enables Pennington Biomedical Research Center to leverage additional research funding and continue their amazing record of productivity.

Researchers must conduct pilot studies to develop the initial data necessary to submit a federal grant application. This type of preliminary work depends upon support from individual philanthropic sources, and these early funds are leveraged by Pennington Biomedical into coveted federal research dollars.

Your gift helps turn science into practical health solutions by supporting faculty researchers and their projects; enabling exploration of the underlying causes of disease and new treatments; and, by affording young researchers an opportunity to blossom and grow.


Over the years, our researchers have:

• Contributed to nearly every obesity and diabetes drug on the market.
• Launched the largest and longest-running brain health study in the nation.
• Designed the world’s only functioning infant metabolic chamber that provides insight into how early nutrition impacts lifelong health.
• Continued to be the primary provider of nutritional research for the U.S. Military.

More of Pennington Biomedical’s research discoveries include:


  • Discovered a new gene that communicates from the brain to other organs to regulate fat storage, a finding that has important implications for the development of interventions which prevent obesity
  • Discovered a new protein that influences how fat is deposited in the liver and other organs to produce insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. This data is currently being used to develop novel interventions for type 2 diabetes
  • Discovered how stem cells can be produced from adipose tissue cells and then converted to bone cells by growing them on a bone promoting scaffold. Development of this potential therapeutic for osteoporosis has implications for other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease


  • Discovered that a person’s response to regular exercise is highly individualized and that several genes and DNA sequence differences determine how much one benefits from a physically active lifestyle
  • Developed with other academic medical centers the DASH diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables and then proved the diet is effective at lowering blood pressure as much as medications. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report selected DASH as the #1 overall diet in America.


  • Reported that measurements in 17 school systems showed Louisiana schoolchildren have among the highest rates of overweight and obesity in the United States
  • Demonstrated that changes in the school environment can improve physical activity and eating habits among elementary school children and reduce the risk for obesity


  • Established the effectiveness of the amino acid tyrosine supplementation during periods of intense stress in sustaining mental performance
  • Established the mineral micronutrient requirements to sustain immune function during periods of caloric deprivation during periods of intense mental and physical stress and extreme environmental conditions
  • Developed and evaluated the new replacement for Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and produced the now widely used military First Strike Ration

And so much more!

To get involved in the mission to find the triggers of chronic disease, donate today!