About the Pennington Biomedical COBRE

The Pennington Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) was initially established in 2006 through an award from the National Center for Research Resources at NIH, and Phase II of our COBRE was renewed for another 5 years in August 2011. The Center provides support for outstanding junior faculty at the Pennington Center as they transition from training to independence and establish their own extramurally funded research programs.

Main Goal

Our primary goal is to expand the critical mass of investigators devoted to the study of metabolic disease through a programmatic commitment to mentoring our junior faculty and facilitating their establishment of extramurally funded research programs. The broader objective is to create a rich academic and technical environment in which to train the next generation of scientists that will power the discovery process in the areas of obesity, diabetes and metabolic disease.

Specific Aims

The specific aims of our COBRE are to:

  • Develop and retain outstanding new junior faculty from within the institution and mentor them to sustainable independent funding.
  • Recruit outstanding junior faculty engaged in metabolic disease research that complement existing strengths of Center investigators.
  • Develop and foster new opportunities for collaborative interactions with institutional colleagues engaged in clinical/translational research.
  • Enhance utilization of the outstanding research infrastructure developed within our Cell Biology/Bioimaging and Genomics core facilities over the initial 5 years of our COBRE.