Jean-Pierre Després wins 2018 Manulife Prize

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$50,000 award recognizes research pioneer who screened for abdominal obesity and acted to prevent it

McGill University, in association with Manulife and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), announced that Dr. Jean-Pierre Després, Professor at the Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval and pioneer in developing screening techniques for visceral obesity, is the winner of the 2018 Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

“With the awarding of the Manulife Prize to Dr. Després, McGill University and the MCCHE continue to promote research that is strengthening the connection between healthy living and economic prosperity” says Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management. “Through his impactful research, Dr. Després has not only established a transformative diagnostic approach, but is also ensuring that these discoveries are put into practice through community and government engagement, which is contributing to the overall well-being of society.”

Read more in The McGill Reporter