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Knowledge for Medical Students, Health Professionals and Research Trainees

Poor diet plays a role in one in five deaths globally. That finding comes from the 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study, the largest effort ever to measure life expectancy, and causes and risk factors for death and disease. Nutrition education is essential for solving this global health crisis.

At the same time, opportunities to limit disease and improve health through nutrition are better than ever, and a growing number of practitioners are turning to food as a front-line medicine.

Professors and staff in the Lawson Centre are updating nutrition and lifestyle content in the MD Program at the University of Toronto, creating professional development material for established practitioners, and training graduate students in basic, translational and implementation sciences.

Bringing nutrition education into the medical school curriculum to improve patient care.

Annual research lectures on the microbiome, for scientists and research trainees.

Annual full day symposium for healthcare professionals to address the knowledge-gap in the role nutrition in patient care.

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.
Apr 5, 2022
A stem cell biologist and a global health researcher, both at the University of Toronto, have been honoured with 2022 Canada Gairdner Awards — the country’s most prestigious awards for medical and health science.
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.