Pennington Biomedical Research Center announces Childhood Obesity and Diabetes program

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of LSU, recently announced the formation of a Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Research Program at the research center's Baton Rouge-based campus and opened a newly renovated space for the program's activities, the Translational Research Clinic for Children.

The $6.4 million in funding for the newly renovated building that houses the research clinic was provided by the State of Louisiana.

The new research program and clinic is housed in the heart of the campus, in 14,000 square feet of repurposed space.

Pennington Biomedical also has partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana program aimed at tackling obesity.

Additionally, Pennington Biomedical recently launched a clinical trial testing video game exercise for girls and is conducting a new pharmaceutical trial for pediatric diabetes.

Pennington Biomedical's Translational Research Clinic for Children will informally be known as "the TReCC" and offers a youth-friendly environment for children and adolescents to participate in research studies aimed at improving health and reducing the incidence of childhood obesity.

For more information on Pennington Biomedical's Obesity and Diabetes Research Program for Children and the Translational Research Clinic for Children and its research studies and programming, call 225-763-3000 or go to http://pediatrics.pbrc.edu.