Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, courtesy of SickKids Centre for Global Child Health



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 Sciences, Paediatrics, and Family and Community Medicine, or with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

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Research Themes

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.

Lawson Family Chair in Microbiome Nutrition Research

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

Lawson Chair in Patient Engagement in Child Nutrition

Patient-oriented research led by paediatrician and scientist Jonathon Maguire

Public Policy and Child Nutrition Collaborative Grants

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

Research Integrity

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