Cores > Administrative Core
Eric Ravussin , Ph.D.
Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA
NORC Associate Director
Phillip Brantley, Ph.D.
Enrichment Program Director
This core is responsible for the oversight and direction of the entire Pennington/ Louisiana NORC. The overall objective of the Administrative Core is to promote scientific synergies by fostering communication, interaction and the pursuit of novel research strategies. This is accomplished through the following duties:
- Publicize and promote the use of the NORC within the Pennington Center, at other campuses within the LSU system and eventually at other Louisiana research institution such as Tulane University.
- Organize the administrative process to announce, collect, review and award the Pilot and Feasibility grants
- Publicize, promote and manage the pilot and feasibility grants, which is intended to encourage the pursuit of novel research ideas, to engage new investigators in research focusing on the NORC’s scientific objectives and to generate pilot data for future grant submission
- Manage the enrichment program, which serves as a stimulus for new ideas, aids in communication for the NORC investigative team and aids in translation of research from the laboratory to the clinic and eventually to the population
- Set criteria for use of core facilities
- Provide for the services of the NORC statistician and maintain access to the data management services.
- Direct the fiscal management of the grant.
- Compile reports for NIDDK, as required.
The aims of the Pennington/Louisiana Administrative Core are:
- Aim 1: To provide the administrative infrastructure that facilitates successful performance of and interactions between, the three core scientific resources (Human Phenotyping, Molecular Mechanisms, and Animal Models & Phenotyping), the Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Program, and the Enrichment Program. This includes ongoing assessments of productivity and effectiveness of Center activities and overseeing the decision process for improvements.
- Aim 2: To increase the quality and quantity of obesity and nutritional research at our and collaborating institutions – in particular, research funded by NIH and other major programs – through enrichment activities, stimulation of collaborations, identification of high-powered technologies, and access to shared core scientific resources.
- Aim 3: To solicit, review and select P&F projects and to support and facilitate their progress. These efforts are enhanced by the online submission process and critical review system that allows evaluation and monitoring of ongoing projects. A critical goal is to enable exciting new lines of research that result in successful new R01 proposals. A second critical goal is to facilitate the scientific and academic advancement of our P&F recipients to early stage academic positions in the study of nutrition and obesity.
- Aim 4: To facilitate increasing the critical mass of investigators addressing obesity and nutrition research by continuing to attract both experienced and junior faculty to the study of nutrition and obesity and to the scientific base of Regular NORC Members. This includes promoting, initiating, implementing and maintaining collaborations both within and outside Pennington Biomedical, other Louisiana biomedical researchers, and other NORCs.
- Aim 5: To assist with design and statistical analysis of experimental studies performed by all NORC Members in basic, clinical and population sciences, by providing expanded services in statistical expertise in collaboration with our Pennington-based Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center.
- Aim 6: To administer the collection and storage of bio-specimens and data from both animal and human research participants. This includes a fully functional tissue repository cataloging system which allows collaborating investigators access to bio-specimens.
- Aim 7: To enhance abilities to provide information regarding nutrition and obesity to the community and facilitate clinical outreach through interaction with clinical sites and community organizations across Louisiana.