Skip to main content


Leanne M. Redman Ph.D., is the Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education and a Professor in the Division of Clinical Sciences and at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Redman is a human physiologist that studies energy balance and conducts research with the goal to understand the mechanisms of body weight regulation to promote healthy aging across the lifespan, as well as to develop and test inventions for effective prevention and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities. Redman directs the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory. The laboratory has conducted a series of extramurally funded studies in pregnant women living with obesity. This work has contributed to establishment of energy requirements to support optimal weight gain for pregnant women with obesity and to innovative intensive lifestyle interventions for weight management in pregnancy, where other treatment options are not available. Redman was awarded The Obesity Society TOPS Research Achievement Award in 2023 in recognition for work in maternal obesity. Dr. Redman is also heavily invested in the scientific development, training, and mentoring of postdoctoral fellows and early career investigators and has received awards in recognition of her invaluable mentoring from the National Postdoctoral Association and The Obesity Society. She has published more than 250 research articles, reviews, and book chapters around energy metabolism, insulin sensitivity, obesity, calorie restriction, exercise, and maternal/infant physiology.

Key Publications

  • Most J, Amant MS, Hsia DS, Altazan AD, Thomas DM, Gilmore LA, Vallo PM, Beyl RA, Ravussin E, Redman LM. Evidence-based recommendations for energy intake in pregnant women with obesity. J Clin Invest. 2019 Aug 1;130. PMID: 31369400
  • Most J, Broskey NT, Altazan AD, Beyl RA, St Amant M, Hsia DS, Ravussin E, Redman LM. Is Energy Balance in Pregnancy Involved in the Etiology of Gestational Diabetes in Women with Obesity? Cell Metab. 2019 Feb 5;29(2):231-233. PMID: 30595480
  • Redman LM, Gilmore LA, Breaux J, Thomas DM, Elkind-Hirsch K, Stewart T, Hsia DS, Burton JH, Apolzan JW, Cain LE, Altazan AD, Ragusa S, Brady H, Davis A, Tilford JM, Sutton EF, Martin CK. Effectiveness of SmartMoms® – a novel e-Health intervention for management of gestational weight gain: A randomized controlled pilot trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Sep 13;5(9):e133. PMID: 28903892
  • Harville EW, Kracht CL, Cohen NL, Sutton EF, Kebbe M, Redman LM. Trends in Gestational Weight Gain in Louisiana, March 2019 to March 2022. JAMA Open. Aug 1 2023;6(8):e2331277. PMID: 37642960
  • Redman LM, Smith SR, Burton JH, Martin CK, Il’yasova D, Ravussin E. Metabolic Slowing and Reduced Oxidative Damage with Sustained Caloric Restriction Support the Rate of Living and Oxidative Damage Theories of Aging. Cell Metab. 2018 Apr 3;27(4):805-815.e4. PMID: 29576535


  • PhD, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 2004
  • MS, Clinical Research, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2011
  • BS, Human Movement Science, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia 1999 & 2000

Leanne M. Redman, PhD


Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences

Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Contact Information • Phone: (225) 763-0947