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Science Guiding Education, Policy And Outreach

Childhood nutrition is essential for human health. Poor nutrition in early years can lead to or compound numerous debilitating conditions. And yet, too many children are eating unhealthy foods, and too many families are left confused about nutrition or unable to access a wholesome diet. 

Research at the Lawson Centre provides the evidence and focus we need to improve child nutrition, in Canada and around the world.

Our scientists bring diverse expertise to child health. They also have strong connections to global networks of other scientists, clinicians, policymakers, politicians, government and NGO workers, and the private sector. Each researcher is affiliated with one of three departments at the University of Toronto: Nutritional SciencesPaediatrics, and Family and Community Medicine, or with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

View or search our faculty directory.

Science in the Lawson Centre spans many academic fields to address specific problems in child nutrition.

Centre researchers create and share knowledge in early child development, chronic disease and health. View our faculty directory.

Patient-oriented research led by paediatrician and scientist Jonathon Maguire

Professor Elena Comelli is discovering new links between the gut, good health and chronic disease.

Our scientists are exploring relationships between food policy and nutrition, at home and abroad.

A partnership with the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre to investigate opportunities to increase access to skilled lactation support. 

See how we work with industry, government and other collaborators.

Aug 3, 2023
As we enter August, I first want to thank Professor Deborah O’Connor for her leadership as Acting Director of the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, while I was on sabbatical last year. 
Jul 25, 2023
The Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition and Target Kids! help coordinate 30 parent partners who represent the families and communities seen in primary and paediatric care, and in research studies.
Apr 14, 2023
Most of us have a reasonable understanding that the foods we eat can impact our health. Yet, consistently choosing the foods that can maximize our wellbeing can feel more difficult than ever.
Mar 30, 2023
Early results from a student-led analysis at the University of Toronto are highlighting the perceptions of parents and caregivers around school food programs, and suggesting ways a national school food program could better meet the nutrition needs of children.
Mar 1, 2023
A review of dozens of studies from the last decade, led by researchers at the University of Toronto and Harvard University, has found that sugar-sweetened beverages promote weight gain in children and adults.
Dec 20, 2022
As the calendar year and my term as Acting Director draw to a close, I want to say thanks to the many faculty members, learners, staff and supporters who make possible the work of the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition.