The Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition (Lawson Centre) is an international leader in improving the health of children. 

Priorities of the CCNH


The five inter-related priorities that are the focus of the Lawson Centre’s strategic direction are:

  1. Developing the Best Talent
  2. Ensuring a Secure Food Environment
  3. Innovating & Discovering Healthful Food
  4. Translating Knowledge
  5. Building Successful Partnerships 


Our major objective is to facilitate research that significantly improves the food environment and quality of diet of Canadian children. We support the Ontario government in its ambitious goal of reducing the prevalence of excess weight and obesity in Ontarian children from 30 to 10 per cent within 10 years.


Our vision is to help families live healthier and longer lives.

To achieve our vision, we plan to:

  • Support nutrition research and its translation into practical applications
  • Guide policies that help to improve childhood nutrition
  • Bring together a network of researchers with expertise in maternal and childhood nutrition and related disciplines
  • Identify factors that put children at a higher risk for poor nutrition, beginning before birth to their pre-teen years
  • Develop and test interventions for malnutrition and obesity within the primary care setting
  • Inform and create policies, practices, and services to support product innovation in a culturally relevant manner
  • Rely on local resources to prevent the harmful effects of childhood over- and undernutrition in vulnerable populations across the globe


Our goal is to help reduce worldwide malnutrition and risks of chronic disease in children, from conception to adulthood.

We strive to achieve this outcome by:

  • Improving the nutrition of children worldwide, which will break the trajectory to future chronic disease
  • Improving the nutritional quality of the food supply nationally and internationally
  • Developing future nutrition world leaders and creative thinkers who will find solutions to complex, nutrition-related problems
  • Enhancing social and economic prosperity by applying science and technology to the food supply, which will reduce overall health spending and increase labour productivity
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