Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Baton Rouge, LA


Clinical Research Site Address (where participants are seen)
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808 

Click Here for Directions to the Clinical Site

Site Enrollment Status: Recruiting | Click here to read the site-specific Press Release

If you are interested in joining D2d as a study participant in the Baton Rouge area, please call or email:
225-763-3000 |

* To see if you qualify for D2d at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center site, click here.  If you are eligible, please contact us via the phone number or email provided above.*

Local Media Coverage:

November 2016 – WBRZ Can vitamin D fight diabetes

March 2016 – WBRZ Diabetes Alert Day

July 2014 – Pennington Biomedical Research Center D2d Study

June 11, 2014 – WBRZ New diabetes studies need volunteers at Pennington

April 8, 2014 – WNDU New research hopes to prevent diabetes

March 7, 2014 – ABC 2 WBRZ New Study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Nov 2, 2013 – The New Orleans Advocate Repost

Oct 28, 2013 – The New Orleans Advocate Pennington seeks volunteers for Vitamin D study

Oct 22, 2013 – NBC 33 Pennington Biomedical researchers to examine if vitamin D prevents diabetes

Daniel HsiaSite Principal Investigator – Daniel Hsia, MD | Dr. Hsia received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College after completing the 6 year Accelerated Biomedical Program.  He went on to complete a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA and then a dual fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.  After completing fellowship in 2012 he returned home to Louisiana and joined Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Joint Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism Program.  Dr. Hsia is active in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. His interests are in studying novel and safe therapies that can be used in the prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes throughout the lifespan.

Site Research Coordinator – Amy Thomassie, RN, CCRC | Amy Thomassie received her Diploma in Nursing from the Baton Rouge General School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Certified Clinical Research Coordinator certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Amy’s previous research experience includes adult and pediatric immunizations, diabetes, hepatology, neuro-ophthalmology, obesity and oncology. She joined the Pennington Biomedical Research Center team in 2012.