Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research

The WCCNR innovatively brings together researchers in public health nutrition, immunology and gastroenterology to develop new knowledge in partnership with the broader community and organisations to meet their needs while still providing quality independent research. The research program works to understand the impact of diet on the role of bacteria that live in the gut and their impact on brain development, allergies and mental health. The WCCNR also works with families, communities and schools to improve food literacy and the feeding of children especially for those doing it tough.

Three core areas of research


The WCCNR is funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation through a donation from Woolworth’s’ staff and customers, to co-create evidence-based research that will enable Queensland children to live healthier lives through better food and nutrition. This initiative is a joint collaboration between Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMRB).


Transformative research in child nutrition that enables Queensland children to achieve optimal growth and nutritional status in order to thrive and reach their full potential


To be a leader in child-centred nutrition research and to translate this research into tangible efforts that impact the development and wellbeing of children

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