LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center does lots of research on the effects of exercise and just got a $5.28 million grant to do more.

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Baton Rouge's Pennington Biomedical Research center has been awarded a $5.28 million grant to study the health benefits of exercise on the body at the molecular level. 

The study, beginning in 2018, aims to understand how physical activity improves health and prevents disease on a deeper level. 

"Although previous research has already extensively shown how exercise benefits human health, little is known about the molecules — and therefore the mechanisms — that trigger these improvements," said Dr. Eric Ravussin, associate executive director of clinical research at Pennington.

Earning a better understanding of what happens at the molecular level during exercise could help researchers "understand why some people benefit more or less from exercise," Ravussin said.  

The LSU research center is one of six institutions chosen by the federal National Institutes of Health to participate in the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans program. Researchers will recruit healthy, but inactive, adults for a 12-week study. 

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