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Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition

The Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition connects scholars, health practitioners, patients and knowledge resources to improve the nutrition of children, in Canada and around the world.

We are a network of researchers and educators affiliated with the University of Toronto, working toward better lifelong health through reduced child overweight, obesity, malnutrition and chronic disease.

Dec 8, 2021
Researchers at the Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition have begun a nationwide study of school-based meal programs, to better understand which programs work well and how they have functioned during the COVID-19 pandemic — and whether a long-discussed national program could improve child nutrition broadly.
Nov 18, 2021
A good diet is a cornerstone of good health. But what happens when people can’t access healthy food? That was one of the ideas nutritional scientists and health care professionals explored during the Food as Medicine Update on November 19, hosted by the University of Toronto and Unity Health Toronto. 
Jul 5, 2021
Federal funding will help build a research training platform at the University of Toronto and other institutions, geared toward creation of smarter cities.

Director's Message

Professor Dan Sellen
Welcome to our closing Lawson Centre Brief for 2021, which has been another challenging year in the effort to deliver evidenced-based, good nutrition to children the world over. In Canada in particular, the last six months have brought big shifts in the national and global contexts influencing child nutrition and health ....