30 January 2018 At the hospital

Woolworths announce $5 million nutrition research centre

The Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research

We are delighted to announce today, that with the incredible support of  Woolworths, we have established a new $5 million research centre aimed at better understanding key issues in childhood nutrition and how to tackle them.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Rosie Simpson said – “Through the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research, we will be focused on making a real impact on childhood nutrition.”

The Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research has been established as part of Woolworths’s long term commitment to the Children’s Hospital Foundation – a 31 year partnership that has contributed more than $51 million to the good work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research will award numerous project grants over five years to explore themes including: ”

  • Preventing and managing food allergies
  • Dietary requirements to maximise health outcomes at specific ages
  • The role of diet on gut health and microbiome, and how this affects children’s health
  • The impact of diet on brain development and mental health
  • Childhood eating behaviours and habits
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption with measurable outcomes and impact
  • Infant feeding

Senior Research Fellow at James Cook University, Dr Severine Navarro will become the first researcher funded by the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research, furthering her revolutionary research into the link between parasites, their effect on our gu​t microbiome ​and food allergy prevention.

“It has long been recognised that nutrition plays a critical role in overall health but with many unknowns and low adherence rates to Government nutritional guidelines, we want our independent research to be the driving force behind real social change,” Dr Navarro said.

“Through the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research, we can build on existing knowledge to accelerate progress in childhood nutrition research, help parents better understand the nutritional needs of their children and improve the health of all children now and in the long term”.

Matthew Franich, Woolworths QLD State Manager said; “Woolworths commitment to the Children’s Hospital Foundation spans more than 30 years, and in that time the money raised by our teams and customers has provided much needed equipment and services for the kids who really need our help.  Now with the launch of the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition, we are able to help support research which will benefit not only the Queensland community, but the nation and beyond. We look forward to seeing the great work of the team and the outcomes of their research and the impact it will have on families and ​childhood nutrition​”.

Watch the video to learn more about Dr Severine Navarro’s groundbreaking research: