BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center has a new leader.
John Kirwan, director of the Metabolic Translational Research Center and professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, was named Tuesday as Pennington’s executive director. LSU’s governing board is expected to approve the appointment Friday.
LSU System President F. King Alexander says Kirwan has a strong record in diabetes-related research, including the discovery that diabetes can sometimes be cured by surgical alteration of the stomach.
Kirwan has worked as a physiology and nutrition professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He’s spent nearly 30 years in fields of study involving obesity and diabetes.
Pennington has had an interim director since William Cefalu left in February to become chief scientific officer for the American Diabetes Association.