Pennington scientist wins Lifetime Achievement Award

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Dr. Eric Ravussin, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will receive the 2017 Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday in Washington, D.C.

Ravussin serves as the associate director of the Department of Obesity and Diabetes at LSU' s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He will be presented the award at the 2017 Obesity Week Conference. 

The Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award, in remembrance of Dr. Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, is designed to recognize people who have made a lifetime of contributions to the field of obesity. It is awarded by members of The Obesity Society (TOS).

Dr. Ravussin, who earned his Ph.D. in Human Physiology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, joined Pennington Biomedical in 2000.

"It is the only research institution in the world with a critical mass of investigators all working in obesity and related conditions,” Ravussin said.  Ravussin is a world expert in the conduct of translational research in obesity and Type 2 diabetes. He has published more than 450 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and aging. Ravussin has also mentored more than 60 postdoctoral fellows.

Ravussin is currently working on the MoTrPAC research study which aims to explain how exercise impacts our bodies at the cellular level. The results of this groundbreaking study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), could help with the development of personalized exercise programs that can maximize the benefits of exercise.

Ravussin led the NIH-funded CALERIE research study, which found that reducing calories up to 25 percent in people who were not obese could reduce the risk for chronic disease, improve quality of life and have a positive effect on predictors of longevity.

"Dr. Eric Ravussin is one of the groundbreaking researchers who have uncovered many of the triggers of obesity and keys to nutrition and exercise that help people lose weight and keep it off," said Dr. Donna Ryan, LSU Pennington Biomedical Executive Director. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ravussin as a colleague, investigator and a true leader in the field.”

More information about Dr. Ravussin and his ongoing work at the Pennington Nutrition and Obesity Research Center is available at

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