About the Centre

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.

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The Challenge

In Canada, more than 30 per cent of children and youth are overweight or obese, while 1.4 million children live in food-insecure households. Globally, an estimated 200 million children suffer from stunting or wasting due to poor nutrition, and hundreds of millions more are food-insecure. The Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition is tackling this epidemic through research, education and policy development on nutrition and health.



Lifelong health through better child nutrition.



Support research, education and policy to improve nutrition in children, families and communities in Canada and globally.



We have four strategies to address overweight, obesity, malnutrition and food insecurity in children:


Discovery Science (Applied and Basic Research)

Implementation Science (Medical Education, Patient Engagement)

Knowledge Translation (Practitioner, Program & Community Interventions)

Policy Impact (Evidence-Driven Change)

Who We Are

Three academic departments in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine lead the Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition:

Together, we create new opportunities for research and education in child and maternal health, from studies on how the microbiome affects growth and development, to e-learning technologies that change how families manage diet and chronic disease. We work with academics across many fields, hospitals, industry, non-governmental organizations, advocates, and governments — locally and internationally — to find 21st century solutions to problems in nutrition and health.

Explore our website to learn more about our research, education and policy work. View our YouTube channel to see educational micro lectures and whiteboard videos.