Congressman Garret Graves: New mission for Pennington Biomedical in House Defense spending bill

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Pennington Biomedical Research Center

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Congressman Garret Graves announces a new mission for Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the House Defense spending bill.

Graves said the new mission was approved by the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee this week.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center requested approximately $3,566,666 in the fiscal year 2022 to establish a Center of Excellence in Military Health and Nutrition. The funding would support a five-year study. In Graves’ letter to the Subcommittee on Defense, he said the center would conduct research in the nutrition, metabolism, and human physiology of military service members.

“We have the best military in the world, and this helps to ensure that our military service members are healthy, ready for deployment, and able to withstand the stress of extended warfare – a priority for each of our military branches. This use of taxpayer funds is exactly the right type of investment for our community. The findings from the research will improve the health of military service members, other first responders, and their families,” Graves said. “Pennington Biomedical has some of the best facilities, research efforts, and proven capabilities to bring about life-changing impacts in our community and the country. I am thankful their efforts begin right here in Baton Rouge, and I remain committed to keep giving them the resources needed to meet any challenge.”

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