The Active Revolution: Moving From Managing Disease to Promoting Health

- 3 min
Jean Pierre Després

At this conference, we will highlight the incredible progress that has been made in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The limitations of a health care system essentially based on disease management will also be explored. We will discuss the significance of obesity and type 2 diabetes as risks to public health, as well as the heterogeneity of obesity and its associated risks, while elaborating on the need to move beyond the framework of healthy weight and weight loss. The importance of measuring and focusing on lifestyle vital signs in clinical settings will be discussed. Finally, we will present a new socio-economic model based on the concept of sustainable health and involving the democratization of health.

Monday November 6, 2023 – 4 p.m.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Amphitheatre   
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Networking event at the agora – with non-alcoholic cocktails and beers and snacks.

CRCHUM Amphitheatre       900, Saint-Denis Street, 5th floor         
       R05.212A and R05.212B

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*The conference will be in-person.

About the speaker

Jean-Pierre Després, C.Q., PhD, FAHA

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Université Laval  
Scientific Director, VITAM–Research Centre on Sustainable Health Scientific  
Director, International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk  
Co-chair, FRQS Research Chair in Sustainable Health

Jean-Pierre Després is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Université Laval in Quebec City. He is currently the Scientific Director of VITAM–Research Centre on Sustainable Health, affiliated with Université Laval (since 2018), and the Scientific Director of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (since 2005). Since 2023, he has been co-chair of the Research Chair in Sustainable Health, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec–Santé and the first Research Chair to share the title with two non-medical experts.

Professor Després is one of the most cited researchers in his field worldwide (779 scientific articles and 60 book chapters, with over 190,145 Google Scholar citations and an H-index of 164) and the most cited working scientist at Université Laval. His research interests include obesity, adipose tissue distribution, visceral obesity, type 2 diabetes, lipids, lipoproteins, and cardiovascular diseases and their prevention through physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. 30 years ago, he was the first person to report that an excess of fat in the abdominal cavity (visceral obesity) was particularly harmful to our health. He is personally involved in major educational and mobilization activities aimed at preventing chronic social diseases. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including the “Grand Québécois” prize from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce. He has also received the title of Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (the highest distinction presented by the Quebec government).

Jean-Pierre Després is not only recognized as an expert on an international level, but also as someone who is committed to creating knowledge and attempting to apply it to improve the health of the population through the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits.

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The Active Revolution: Moving From Managing Disease to Promoting Health


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