2018 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award Recipient Announced
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
January 23, 2018
Leanne Redman, Ph.D., FTOS, has been named the recipient of the 2018 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars. Redman will be presented with the award at the2018 Annual Conference on Saturday, April 7, in Cleveland, OH.
Redman is an associate professor in the Clinical Sciences Division at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a stand-alone research campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA that focuses on nutrition, obesity and diabetes. Redman is an expert in human metabolic phenotyping and well-known in the fields of obesity, lifestyle intervention and energy metabolism. She obtained her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Southern Cross University in 1999, a doctorate degree in physiology and obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Adelaide in 2004, both within Australia, and a Master of Clinical Science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2011. Redman moved to the United States for postdoctoral training in female reproductive endocrinology with Anne Loucks, Ph.D., at Ohio University and then moved to Pennington Biomedical to complete an Australian overseas postdoctoral training fellowship in energy metabolism with Eric Ravussin, Ph.D. Following a K99/R00 grant, Redman started the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical and since then has mentored honors, master’s and doctoral candidates from the neighboring LSU campus as well as postdoctoral fellows from around the world. Many of her predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows have been recognized for their work either with National Institutes of Health funding (F or K awards), awarded competitive training opportunities to support their candidature or been finalists or award recipients at national and international meetings. Her lab is leading pioneering research in pregnant women and is currently performing classic studies of developmental programming in mother-infant dyads to understand the maternal influences on offspring energy metabolism, eating behavior and weight gain. Given the need to conduct well-controlled interventions in her studies, Redman participated in the development and validation of dynamic mathematical models that predict changes in weight and energy intake in humans in response to overfeeding or underfeeding. Redman has published more than 120 research articles, reviews and book chapters around energy metabolism insulin sensitivity, obesity, calorie restriction and exercise.
She was nominated by Nicholas T. Broskey, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Anne Gilmore, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Kara Marlatt, Ph.D., M.P.H., postdoctoral research fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Jasper Most, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Most points out that Redman has participated in a faculty mentoring team for 11 postdoctoral fellows, seven graduate students and nine undergraduate students during his appointment at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Most wrote, "In brief, Dr. Redman has helped Dr. Gilmore develop a path into an independent faculty position at Pennington Biomedical as part of the clinical oncology and metabolism laboratory; she has helped Dr. Marlatt carve a research niche in healthy aging and metabolic healthy in middle‐age women; and she has worked in close collaboration with Dr. Broskey to successfully receive funding for two human clinical trials to study infant metabolism."
In her nomination letter, Marlett stated that “on top of developing her own grants, attending NIH study sections, and tackling all the administrative tasks that accompany being a critical member of the Pennington Biomedical community of researchers, Dr. Redman maintains an open-door policy and fosters a highly collaborative research environment among her 4 postdoctoral trainees and research staff. Her expectations are arduous yet realistic. She is challenging, incredibly thought-provoking, and constantly helps me probe the ‘big picture’ questions about my current research projects and career path. She is truly a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."
Broskey described Redman as an “advocate for research skill development,” sharing that she holds “academic development” every week, which is a journal club in which grants or academic articles are reviewed. He goes on to state “Dr. Redman also provides open lines of communications to all of her mentees by connecting us to scientists in our field that are not at our institute. She is constantly reaching out to external researchers to aid us in our projects and papers. The environment that she creates for her postdocs is tremendous to our growth as scientists.”
Gilmore’s nomination letter stated, “Due to Dr. Redman’s leadership, my personal and professional growth as a postdoctoral fellow and now as an assistant professor has exceeded all of my expectations. Dr. Redman has empowered me to go beyond my own perceived limitations and supported the development of my own independent research area of obesity and cancer with unmitigated enthusiasm.”
In a written statement to the NPA, Redman wrote, “Thank you so much for this honor! My mentees are truly the ones to be recognize here because without their ambition, willingness to be mentored and feedback of my mentoring, I would not be experiencing the successes I am afforded as an academic mentor. Moreover, I would not be able to enjoy (alongside them), the academic accolades they receive for publications of their work and funding of their independent ideas. I’m very proud to accept this award but it’s really on the behalf of them!”
The NPA applauds Redman for her contribution to the postdoctoral community and the considerable time and effort she has dedicated to the mentoring and development of postdocs.
Past recipients of the Mentor Award are*:
2017 - Malene Hansen, Ph.D., associate professor in the Program for Development, Aging and Regeneration at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery
2016 - Shannon Manning, Ph.D., M.P.H., Michigan State University (MSU) Foundation associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
2015 - Jennifer Silk, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
2014 - Joel Elmquist, D.V.M., Ph.D., Maclin Family Professor of Medical Science, in honor of Dr. Roy A. Brinkley, the Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, director of the Center for Hypothalamic Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
2013 - Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, Ph.D., professor of agricultural and biological engineering, University of Florida
2012 - Tayyaba Hasan, Ph.D., professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
*Title and institution listed here reflect the title at the time award was given, and may have changed since then.