WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute
for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making
The institute is intended for nutrition scientists and practitioners with interest in the application of scientific evidence in policy making. Candidates must have a university degree in health or social sciences with interest in nutrition interventions for public health and be willing to be registered as authors in a Cochrane Group.
Applications from women and from nationals of low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged.
In this program, you will:
- update and develop your 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; and
- develop confidence with the review methods and foster development of professional networks with fellow participants and faculty
A Cochrane systematic review on the benefits and safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and population health outcomes, led by scientists in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, found that fortification with folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) may improve folate status and reduce the occurrence of neural tube defects.
Cochrane launches a new network of US institutions to promote evidence-based health care and public health
As a Cochrane Affiliate Center in the new US Cochrane Network, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University will build on an ongoing collaboration with Cochrane and the World Health Organization to train nutrition scientists to produce systematic reviews in nutrition in support of global policymaking. 2021 marks the 7th year of the WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute, and this collaboration has already produced reviews that contributed to global policies and guidelines. The goals of the Cochrane US Cornell University Center align closely with the Cochrane Nutrition Field, which seeks to promote evidence-informed decision-making on nutrition policy and practice. Cochrane reviews on nutrition and health, such as this recently published review on interventions to reduce the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, provide key evidence for policymaking and training nutrition scientists to conduct reviews is critical to develop and sustain worldwide capacity for this effort.
The following article from the Cornell Chronicle, published July 8, 2014, describes our experiences in the first year of the Institute. The 2018 Summer Institute was our 5th Institute.
More than 30 nutrition experts from around the globe gathered at Cornell July 7-18, 2014, for hands-on training in World Health Organization (WHO) procedures to retrieve, summarize and assess reliable, current evidence to inform WHO’s recommendations for nutrition and public health policy.
The program, among other things, updates and develops technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions and builds understanding of global policy making, nutrition and evidence assessment and its challenges.