News roundup: Pennington Biomedical awarded $5.4M grant to continue obesity research … Cypress Title opens second location in Prairieville … State names new CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance

More money: LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded a five-year, $5.4 million grant from The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to continue targeted obesity research. The grant renewal will be used to fund the next five years of research in “Nutrition and Metabolic Health through the Lifespan” in Pennington’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. According to a news release, research at NORC has traditionally focused on studying the causes of chronic disease. NORC’s research will be broadened over the next five years to include nutrition and metabolic health from youth to old age.

New office: As of today, Cypress Title has two locations—one in Baton Rouge and a newly opened branch in Prairieville. Cypress Title, which specializes in real estate closing services, has a main office located in the Offices at City Farm on Jefferson Highway. The Prairieville office is located at 17111 Commerce Center Drive, Suite B. “Customer service is our main priority, and this expansion will better serve our clients in Ascension Parish by providing a second convenient location for closings,” the company says on its Facebook page. Attorney Yvette Bergeron will handle closings for the Prairieville office. Cypress Title, which opened in 2005, provides services across Louisiana even though it focuses on the greater Baton Rouge area. Cypress Title was founded by Bryan Denison, Jason Dupree and Johnny McKay.

Taking the lead: Richard Newberry has been named the new chief executive officer of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. The Associated Press reports Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon made the announcement today in a news release. Donelon says Newberry brings a wealth of experience to the position of CEO of Citizens. He has served in many capacities for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company over his career. Citizens is the state’s property insurer of last resort and covers properties private insurance companies will not.

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