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Research

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.

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

Patient-oriented research led by paediatrician and scientist Jonathon Maguire

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

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

Aug 16, 2022
The latest national data from researchers at the University of Toronto show that food insecurity in Canada has remained largely unchanged over the last three years, with stark differences among the provinces.
Jul 14, 2022
As we move through summer after another academic year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a good time to reflect on achievements at the Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition — and beyond.
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.
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.