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Solving the Epidemic by 2040

Who We Are

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All of Pennington Biomedical’s work—from basic science, to clinical trials, to treatment options including bariatric surgery—is guided by our mission to eliminate life-threatening health issues related to obesity and to help people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We take a person-centric, holistic approach that spans education, prevention, treatment, and weight-loss maintenance. Our labs, including the Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health Laboratory, prioritize community-based and technology-based interventions to address health disparities.


Scientists and Physicians



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Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to support Pennington Biomedical Research Center and its mission of discovering the triggers of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, cancer, and dementia through research and programs that improve human health across the lifespan. The foundation fundraises to support the innovative work being done by over 450 basic, clinical and population scientists, post-doctoral fellows, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and support personnel who create a network of 44 laboratories and 13 highly specialized core service facilities.

The Foundation seeks to connect with those who wish to invest in discovery with gifts of cash, stock or real estate, bequests and charitable remainder trusts, or corporate grants and sponsorship, with meaningful opportunities within the research enterprise.

“Obecity, USA” is a public health advocacy campaign developed to address the nation’s growing obesity epidemic head-on, courtesy of Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, and its loyal and generous donors. The campaign takes a visionary approach to not only raise awareness but shift public perception of obesity as a disease—dispelling the many myths that have long persisted, and arming individuals and communities with evidence-based research and the resources necessary to lead healthy lives.

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What We Do


Basic. Translational. Behavioral. Clinical. Population. We leverage multiple research types and methods to further our mission to eradicate the obesity epidemic.

Regulating Fat Storage

Our Biologic Research Team 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 to prevent obesity.

Women's Heath

Our Women’s Lab translational research studies help us to understand the interrelationships between body weight, insulin resistance, and optimal health in women across the lifespan.

Drug Discoveries

Our Integrated Physiology and Molecular Medicine Lab team discovered the first evidence that a chemical compound named BAM-15 could be an effective drug for treating obesity and related diseases.



Putting research into action, we’ve developed programs and training systems to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals.


Pennington Biomedical developed the Healthy Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle Training Headquarters (H.E.A.L.T.H.) for the military, representing an ongoing, 32-year collaboration with the Department of Defense.

Nutrition Series

The Pennington Biomedical Nutrition Series is a collection of fact sheets addressing topics in nutrition and health. They cover areas from diabetes to weight loss to prenatal nutrition and are free and available to the community at large.


We co-developed the DASH diet and subsequently proved that the high-vegetable diet is as effective as certain medications that help lower blood pressure. U.S. News & World Report selected DASH as the #1 diet for diabetes as well as the #1 overall diet in America for eight of the last 10 years and the #1 diet for healthy eating for 2020.

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When prevention isn’t possible, treatment helps those suffering from obesity right now. Even a 5% weight loss can bring about tremendous health benefits, including the reversal of prediabetes. And the improvements to quality of life far outweigh the importance of numbers on a scale.

Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute is the first institute in the nation to offer an integrated and multidisciplinary approach – from lifestyle interventions to surgical procedures – to treat individuals who suffer from obesity and diabetes.

Pennington Diabetes Clinic

The Diabetes Clinic is a multidisciplinary program including medicine, behavioral intervention, meal replacements, and advanced technology to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes in the underserved community. This evidence-based program helps patients optimize their health by turning daily habits into long-term well-being.

Cancer Studies

Our research team implements evidence-based solutions to enable cancer survivors to live independently and function well. We conduct studies that span from cells (in the petri dish) to society (in the neighborhood) to determine how modifiable factors, such as obesity, physical activity, diabetes, and diet influence a person’s risk of developing or dying from cancer.

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