Branden Barker, owner of Barker Property Management & Commercial Real Estate, was recognized as the Certified Property Manager of the Year by the Institute of Real Estate Management.

The award recognizes individuals in the real estate management field for their commitment to principled business practices based on the IREM code of professional ethics; advancing the real estate management industry; service excellence to clients, tenants and residents; mentoring newer agents and community service. Barker serves on the national executive committee of the IREM and is past president of the Louisiana chapter.

Jonas Fontenot, chief operating officer and chief of physics at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, was selected by the American Society for Radiation Oncology to receive the ASTRO Health Policy Fellowship designation.

Fontenot is the first medical physicist to receive the designation. A yearlong program trains leaders in radiation oncology health policy issues and engagement in reimbursement, coding and payment reform projects. Fontenot received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and both a Master of Science and doctorate in medical physics from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is board-certified in therapeutic medical physics by the American Board of Radiology.


The DZNE German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association in Bonn, Germany, recognized Dr. Nicolas Bazan, the Boyd Professor and director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans, for his work in the field of neurodegenerative diseases.

Bazan’s lab discovered elovanoids, a new class of molecules in the brain that synchronize cell-to-cell communication and neuroinflammation/immune activity in response to injury or diseases. Elovanoids are bioactive chemical messengers made from omega-3 very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are released on demand when cells are damaged or stressed.