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Statement Regarding Sponsored Research at Pennington BiomedicalReleased: Thursday, June 02, 2016
Baton Rouge, La. - The following statement regards sponsored scientific research conducted at Pennington Biomedical. Sponsored research refers to all research and development activities that are sponsored by federal and non-federal agencies and organizations.
"Pennington Biomedical Research Center puts science to work for solutions for a healthier Louisiana and globally through data-driven research. The funders of our grants and contracts do not determine research outcomes, the science always does.
Our partners in research include a variety of governmental and private sponsors, which is standard protocol with our peer academic research institutions around the world. Results of our research are published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, whether the outcome is favorable to the sponsor or not.
The approximate breakdown of our current sponsored research funding sources includes: 50% federal/NIH, 14% federal/other, 11% state contracts, 10% sub-awards/subcontracts, 8% food/nutrition, 5% pharmaceutical, 2% other private sources. As a state entity and recipient of federal, state and private funds, we comply with all appropriate ethical safeguards and often actively engage external advisory boards or outside reviews of means, methods and findings to assure the quality of our science. We also disclose funding sources and potential conflicts of interest in published papers and press releases.
Our research is transparent because our science is our stock-in-trade. It adds to a global body of research that contributes to improvements in human health."
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. It is a campus of Louisiana State University and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 44 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Pennington Biomedical’s more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 222-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.