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Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center

Featured Speaker: Dr. Bill Gurley Ph.D.

Principal Scientist National Center of Natural Products University Mississippi School of Pharmacy

You can replay this virtual event hosted by Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University, and its Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Center (BDSRC). The BDSRC is one of only three NIH-funded research centers in the country dedicated to studying native plants and their potential beneficial health effects.

The Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center presents a free, virtual community symposium.


We are a dietary supplement research center, focused on botanicals and metabolic syndrome.


Our Center was created in 2005 through a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since its inception, our Center has significantly advanced the study of botanicals and metabolic syndrome.

Our Goals

The goal of the Center is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of botanicals in addressing the pathophysiologic mechanisms that lead to the development of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. The specific aims of the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center are:

  • To promote a collaborative and interactive research environment to develop an internationally recognized center of excellence in the area of botanicals and mechanisms of metabolic disease.
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  • To identify and further study botanicals with potential efficacy in metabolic syndrome, to identify their bioactive constituents, to standardize and optimize those botanicals,  to provide necessary preclinical and mechanisms of action data, and to translate the foregoing findings into clinical studies in humans.
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  • To expand the critical mass of investigators addressing botanical research by identifying, recruiting and mentoring promising young investigators

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