McGill School of Human Nutrition student Manon Fantino wins francophone McGill MT180 competition

Published: 10 April 2024

Congratulations to School of Human Nutrition PhD candidate Manon Fantino, winner of McGill’s francophone 3-Minute Thesis (MT180) competition! Manon will represent McGill at the Concours ACFAS MT180 Nationals in Ottawa on May 15th.

Her talk, entitled "‘Je vois, donc je mange’ – Instagram,” focuses on factors influencing dietary behaviour, such as genetics and our environment—including social media. Her thesis explores how human brains react to social media content, particularly Instagram, which has the potential to constantly expose us to images of food.

“The impact on our eating behaviour can be subtle, but powerful,” said Fantino. “My research has the potential to identify factors in our environment that, depending on our genetics, push us to eat too much, or impulsively. This can help us improve nutritional treatments and personalize the recommendations we provide to patients.”

Manon is supervised by Professor Daiva E. Nielsen, who herself won the 2014 UofT and Ontario 3MT contests ten years ago!

“I am so proud of Manon’s hard work in crafting her outstanding MT180 talk. I know first-hand that it is not a simple task to condense years of complex research into a short and captivating delivery. The importance of effective research communication can’t be overstated, and the MT180 / 3MT is a superb platform for spotlighting and celebrating the inspiring work done by our graduate students. Congratulations to all the participants and I look forward to cheering on the McGill finalists in the next competitions!” —Professor Daiva Nielsen, School of Human Nutrition

Manon is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and a member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec. She holds a master's degree in nutrition from the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM).


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