May 18, 2010 ~ Body Weight and T2D, the Inextricable Link with Dr. Donna Ryan

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Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP


Associate Executive Director

Clinical Research

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP, is a Professor and Associate Executive Director for Clinical Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. She has been actively engaged in obesity and nutrition research for the last 20 years.

Dr. Ryan is the President-Elect of the Obesity Society, an organization of more than 2000 American scientists. She is the Co-Chair of the panel that is currently revising the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Overweight and Obesity, so-called “Obesity II.”

Dr. Ryan’s research interests include many aspects of obesity management and prevention including the following:

  • Obesity pharmacotherapy
  • Evaluation of diets of different macronutrient composition for weight loss
  • Practical or pragmatic clinical trials to evaluate primary care approaches to obesity management
  • Translational research engaging third-party payers in obesity intervention

Dr. Ryan has received funding from the Department of Defense to oversee a Military Nutrition Research project in which she collaborates with the US Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine’s Military Nutrition Division. She is Co-Primary Investigator for the NIH-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center at Pennington and Co-Primary Investigator for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-sponsored Look AHEAD study that addresses weight loss in persons with type 2 diabetes. Her most recent project is the submission, as Primary Investigator, of a state-wide Clinical Translational Science Award, which will encompass nine Louisiana research institutions.

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May 18, 2010 ~ Dr. Donna Ryan, Body Weight & Type 2 Diabetes