Summer Institute for systematic reviews in nutrition for global policy-making

In collaboration with Cornell University and the Cochrane Collaboration
27 July - 7 August 2015
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University Campus
Ithaca, NY, United States of America

Scope and purpose

The WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development has worked with the Cochrane editorial office and various groups within the Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane is an international network of more than 28 000 people from over 120 countries working together to help health-care providers, policy-makers, and patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care. This collaboration hosts the Cochrane Library and CENTRAL, the largest collection of records of randomized controlled trials in the world. Currently, the collaboration has 53 review groups, which publish reviews that fall within their scope in the Cochrane Library.

The collaboration also includes many other Cochrane entities that support the work of the review groups, 16 of which cover methodological issues. On 24 January 2011, WHO awarded the Cochrane Collaboration a seat on the World Health Assembly, allowing the collaboration to provide input on WHO health resolutions.e Database of Systematic Reviews.

Cochrane reviews must be undertaken by more than one person. Review teams should include people with expertise in the topic area being reviewed, as well as someone with experience in the methodology of systematic review. The protocol development reviewed by editors may go through several iterations before going to external review. Protocols for Cochrane reviews are published before the completed systematic review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

WHO, in collaboration with Cornell University and the Cochrane Collaboration is convening the Summer Institute for systematic reviews in nutrition for global policy-making in Ithaca, NY, United States of America to be held on 27 July to 7 August 2015.

This unique institute will bring together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Cochrane Collaboration and Cornell University to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in public health. Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are informed on sound evidence. Participants will use the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tool to assess the overall quality of evidence.

The WHO/Cochrane Collaboration/Cornell University Summer Institute for systematic reviews in nutrition for global policy-making is intended for nutrition scientists and practitioners with interest in the application of scientific evidence in policy making. Applications from women and from nationals of low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged.

The objectives of this programme are:

  • To update and develop technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions;
  • Build understanding of the process for global policy making, nutrition, and evidence assessment and its challenges.
  • Complete hands-on training in the development of Cochrane systematic reviews on a topic of immediate global health relevance in nutrition and public health.

For additional information and registration please submit a CV to at your earliest convenience. The Institute will process applications as they are received, therefore on a rolling basis, and will close the class when the limit of participants is reached. Once accepted, participants will receive a link with additional information.


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