Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS, Associate Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am an Associate Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Q: Will you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: I am an expert in the conduct of translational research in obesity and diabetes. I have conducted numerous clinical investigations on measures of energy balance and carbohydrate metabolism in obese and diabetic participants. Over the past 14 years, I have established a wet lab studying muscle and adipose tissue to try to understand the cross talk between these two tissues as determinants of whole body nutrient partitioning and insulin sensitivity. I have published more than 430 peer reviewed manuscripts in the field of obesity, type 2 diabetes and aging. I have mentored more than 50 postdoctoral fellows.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: The desire to mentor.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Hang in there or "fail fast."
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The translation of the research into public health policies.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Travel and exercise.