About the Centre
The Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition (Lawson Centre) brings world-class talent and resources together to tackle the most important nutrition-related health issues facing children and their families in Canada and around the world.
We are a network of University of Toronto researchers and educators focused on nutrition and the prevention of obesity, chronic disease, and malnutrition in children.
More than 30 per cent of Canadian children and youth are overweight or obese – costing our health-care system more than $7 billion per year. The first of its kind, the Lawson Centre is tackling this escalating epidemic by leading important research on malnutrition and obesity. We influence public policy, support better food production and processing, and continue to educate the public through innovative outreach programs on childhood nutrition.
Who We Are
Three academic departments in the Faculty of Medicine lead the Lawson Centre:
By employing expertise from each department, we are creating unparalleled opportunities for research in maternal and childhood health and nutrition. Members of the Lawson Centre work with other academics, hospitals, industry, non-governmental organizations, advocates, and governments to find 21st century solutions to the problems of nutrition, malnutrition, and child health.