The Obesity Society has given a national award to a professor at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Eric Ravussin was awarded the 2011 George A. Bray Founders Award for significant contributions to the society and to understanding or treating obesity.

He received the award last week at The Obesity Society’s 29th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Ravussin has been at Pennington since 2000.

Ravussin is studying the genetic and molecular basis of obesity and ailments that tend to go along with it.

Two other scientists - Claude Bouchard and David York - also won the Bray award while working at Pennington.

Winners get a plaque and $1,000.