International impact of Jean-Pierre Després' research (Université Laval) on metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease).
Recognized and cited by the World Health Organization, his work showed that abdominal obesity is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Després, waist measurement is now a routine medical practice recognized worldwide.
Jean-Pierre Després is Director of Research in Cardiology, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec .
In 2011, Jean-Pierre Després was the researcher who published the most scientific articles in the field of metabolic syndrome, ahead of more than 110,000 other researchers.