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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.

May 2, 2022
A study of nearly 9,000 children has found those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat.
Apr 22, 2022
When Mavra Ahmed first heard about a new postdoctoral leadership position with Feeding Kids, Nourishing Minds — a University of Toronto study of school food programs in Canada — she thought the role sounded like a great fit. A year and a half later, Ahmed says that first impression was right.
Apr 11, 2022
The Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition will tap neonatologist and researcher Christopher Tomlinson to bring more nutrition training to practising doctors, health professionals and medical students.

Acting Director's Message

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It is an honour to assume the role of Acting Director for the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. As a scientist in the Lawson Centre since its inception, and as Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, I have seen the impact the centre has had on child nutrition research, education and public policy — in Canada and globally.