There is no hotter topic in public health than obesity, and LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center continues to demonstrate its leadership in searching out causes of and solutions to this worldwide problem.

Congratulations are due to Eric Ravussin, a professor at PBRC since 2000.

He won the George A. Bray Founders Award honoring significant contributions to the Obesity Society and the understanding of obesity.

The award is, of course, named for Pennington’s first director, and two others — Claude Bouchard and David York — previously were winners of the award. Ravussin studies the genetic and molecular basis of obesity and related ailments.

The impact of Pennington on Baton Rouge and Louisiana is significant, but it is part of a global effort to better understand and combat obesity-related diseases. Louisiana can be proud to be home to an internationally recognized research center of Pennington’s caliber.