All researchers at The Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition (Lawson Centre) work within the ethics and integrity guidelines put forward by the University of Toronto’s Research and Innovation Office and Governing Council. The Lawson Centre is located within one of the largest academic hubs of medical research in the world. This ensures that the research output of our affiliated scientists adheres to the rigorous process of academic peer-review.
Public-Private Partnership Guidelines
Partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders are essential to achieve meaningful impact in child health and development. As such, we work closely with government agencies, academic and health care institutions, health-focused NGOs, and food industry partners.
The collaborations with our food industry colleagues are regulated by strict public-private partnership guidelines — such as those put forward by the American Society for Nutrition — as well as the Tri-Agency (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Framework for Responsible Conduct Of Research and Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Ethics Framework for Partnerships with the Private Sector.
Overall, the Lawson Centre’s research is informed by the need for new evidence in solving nutritional challenges and promoting children and their families’ health. All new findings of our researchers are disseminated through academic journals, new policies or other means, and are produced in a responsible manner and adhere to strict academic and governmental policies and guidelines, as well as a rigorous peer-review process.