WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute

for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making


Please note:

Coming soon!

2023, Cornell University, Summer Institute


This unique Institute takes place during 2 weeks of summer; in 2023 the Institute format will be one week virtual followed by one week on the Cornell University campus. The Institute brings together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochrane, and Cornell University to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in populations.  

The first week of the 2023 Summer Institute will be a virtual week, which will combine asynchronous instruction (work at your own pace, in teams) with synchronous (live, collaborative and interactive) sessions. All sessions will be held between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm EDT. The second week of the 2023 Summer Institute will be a residential week at Cornell University; we look forward to working with participants during the in-person sessions!

Specific dates will be posted here soon, please check back for updates.  

Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are based on sound evidence. Participants will learn Cochrane methods, including applying the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tool to assess the overall quality of evidence

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 in 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;
  • develop confidence with the review methods and foster development of professional networks with fellow participants and faculty

Cornell nutrition research will inform WHO guidelines, policy

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.

Applications are submitted via our online system*. 

We look forward to reviewing your application to the 2022 Summer Institute! The application site will open on February 15 and the review of applications will begin on March 1, 2022 and continue until the class is filled. We anticipate accepting 25-30 participants; accepted applicants will receive an email by April 30th with further information about how to register (also see here for information on how to register).

If you are interested in attending the program, please submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest stating the following:
    • Your area of interest
    • Whether you will work on an existing protocol (either one you are working on now, or possibly on a review to be assigned by organizers prior to arrival at the Institute), or whether you wish to propose a topic (if you intend to propose a topic, please describe how you will identify collaborators)
    • Sponsorship/mentor approval (intended source of payment)
    • Commitment to complete a review and a description of the skills you bring to the workshop and your goals in attending
    • Financial support that will be provided to you and by whom
    • Have you previously applied to the Summer Institute? If so, when and what was the outcome?
    • Names of two colleagues providing a letter of reference for you
  • Reference letters may be submitted by referees directly, OR uploaded by the applicant on the writers' behalf, through our our online system. These letters should specifically address your research and technical skills, and your readiness for the Institute. (Note: if you include your letters of reference within your application packet, as opposed to uploading them separately, you may receive an automated message reminding you to submit reference letters. Please feel free to contact us at summerinstitute@cornell.edu to confirm that your application packet has been received in its entirety, however, we check each weekday and will personally confirm receipt of your materials and inform you when your application is complete.)

*note, the online application system for the Institute is managed through Academic Jobs Online. Please contact us at summerinstitute@cornell.edu if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Please visit our registration page for information on the cost of the program and related expenses.

WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Contact Information

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD, Director, Summer Institute
Professor & Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical
127 Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
+1 607.255.8001 (phone), +1 607.255.2691 (fax)
E-mail:  summerinstitute@cornell.edu


Learn about the WHO Collaborating Center on Nutrition Research for Health in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, which supports the WHO’s mission to provide training and education to nutrition scientists, while providing technical advice to the WHO and aiding in the development of guidelines.