Child & Youth Diabetes

A history of support for prevention, management and research

The Lawson Foundation’s interest in supporting diabetes prevention, management and research dates back to the 1970s when the Foundation endowed the Helen and Frances Lawson Chair in Diabetes Research for the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. In the 1990s, the Foundation supported two groundbreaking, community-based diabetes prevention projects – the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) and the Latin American Diabetes Prevention Project. Inspired by the success of these initiatives and in response to growing concern around the challenges of diabetes and the potential of innovative approaches to improve diabetes prevention and management, the Foundation introduced a Canada-wide Diabetes Strategy in 2001-02. Over the next 14 years, the Foundation invested $9,000,000 in a broad range of community-based projects located in urban centres and rural and remote areas, and that served diverse populations including children, young adults, pregnant women, Indigenous, ethno-cultural communities and individuals with severe mental health issues. The Foundation also contributed an additional $2,500,000 to the Lawson Chair to ensure continued support for diabetes research.



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Breaking the Cycle of Diabetes in South Asians

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$2.6 million in funding awarded to 12 diabetes projects across Canada

$2.6 million in funding awarded to 12 diabetes projects across Canada

The Lawson Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of new grants under our Child & Youth Diabetes Strategy. Twelve projects out of 66 submissions from across Canada will receive a total of $2,640,000 in funding. For the first time, the Foundation’s...

Update on our Child and Youth Diabetes Funding Strategy

Coming soon: Announcement of new initiatives to be funded by the Lawson Foundation’s Children & Youth Diabetes Funding Strategy! Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and youth. Type 1 diabetes, the main form of the disease in children,...

Lawson Foundation announces new diabetes funding

Lawson Foundation announces new diabetes funding

Toronto (Ontario) March 3, 2016 – Diabetes prevention, treatment and management initiatives focused on the healthy development of children and youth will receive a substantial boost with funding announced today. The Foundation has not predetermined the funding...

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