HeLTI Program Launch

Nov 21, 2017

Drs Stephen Matthews and Stephen Lye of the Departments of Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medicine, UofT and the Alliance for Human Development at LTRI have recently been funded through The Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI) program.

The HeLTI program was developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health led by Dr Shoo Lee. The program represents a partnership between CIHR, the South African MRC, the Department of Biotechnology, India, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the World Health Organization. HeLTI was developed to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and poor mental health) around the world. There are four separate but harmonized projects that are commencing in Soweto (South Africa), Mysore (India), Shanghai (China), and across Canada. All projects are focused towards developing evidence-based interventions that span from pre-conception across pregnancy and into the postnatal period with a goal improving maternal, infant and child health.

Dr Matthews is the Canadian lead on the HeLTI-India Project with Dr Kalyanaraman Kumaran (Holdsworth Memorial Hospital, Mysore) and Dr Lye is Canadian lead on the HeLTI-South Africa Project with Dr Shane Norris (Wits University, Johannesburg). Both projects are initially funded for 5-years and have each received $5M. Several investigators from Toronto and across Canada are involved in the projects.

HeLTI India & HeLTI South Africa Projects


Photo - Left to right:

Shoo Lee, Scientific Director, CIHR-Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH) & Paediatrician-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Hospital
Steve Lye, HeLTI-SA
William Fraser, University of Sherbrooke, HeLTI-China
Cindy-Lee Dennis, Professor and Canada Research Chair at UofT and St. Michael's Hospital, HeLTI-Canada
Art Slutsky: St Michael’s VP of research
Bill Blair: MP for Scarborough Southwest. Parliamentary Secretary to the Min. of Justice & AGC. and Min of Health.
Steve Matthews, HeLTI-India


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