Dr. Timothy Church is the director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Church, in association with PBRC, is a trusted advisor and advocate of the mission of The Gumbo Gang.
Opened in 1988, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center now houses 53 laboratories that span the Center’s three programs – Basic Research, Clinical Research, and Population Science – nineteen Core Service laboratories, inpatient and outpatient clinics, a research kitchen, an administrative area, and more than $20 million in technologically advanced equipment.
The Center was expanded in 1993 to include the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center, now the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building, residence apartments, and an exercise and fitness facility. More than 80 faculty members and over 600 physicians, scientists, and support personnel focus their research efforts on 10 research program areas: Epidemiology and Prevention, Physical Activity and Health, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Neurodegeneration, Genomics and Molecular Genetics, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, and Nutrient Sensing and Signaling.
The Pennington Center is led by Dr. Steven B. Heymsfield, formerly of Merck Pharmaceuticals, who specializes in clincal research.