The Research Team

Dr. Leanne Redman

Associate Professor
Reproductive Endocrinology and Women's Health Lab

Leanne M. Redman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at Pennington Biomedical. Dr. Redman is an exercise physiologist and received a Bachelor of Human Movement Science degree with Honors from Southern Cross University in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Adelaide in 2004. Since coming to Pennington Biomedical in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Redman has been building a program centered on Women’s Health.

Dr. Redman has been awarded $4M from the National Institutes of Health to study if a lifestyle intervention delivered during pregnancy designed to promote healthy pregnancy weight gain can have positive benefits for the mother and her infant. This research study, for the first time spearheaded important work at Pennington Biomedical in pregnant women and infants. In alignment with this project and the new pediatric obesity clinic, Dr. Redman recently acquired equipment to measure body fat as well as feeding behavior and energy metabolism in infants.  This equipment provides tremendous opportunity for highly innovative and cutting-edge research to the undertaken in infants. For example we will for the first time, attempt to answer questions on the role of pregnancy nutrition and weight gain on infant energy metabolism. These questions and others for example related to gestational diabetes, breast feeding will provide important contributions to the understanding risk factors for the development of childhood obesity.