WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Faculty

Patricia A. Cassano is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and interim director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, professor of healthcare policy and research at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and director of graduate studies for the graduate field of epidemiology in the Cornell University Graduate School. Dr. Cassano directs the Summer Institute: she works collaboratively with the faculty listed below who represent Cochrane, the WHO, and Cornell University.

Luis Gabriel Cuervo is Senior Advisor for Research Promotion and Development at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO). Formerly a Senior Clinical Editor at BMJ’s Clinical Evidence, Dr. Cuervo has contributed to the Cochrane Collaboration since 1994 spearheading it in Colombia. He is an MD, Specialist in Family Medicine, and a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. From PAHO, Dr. Cuervo coordinates: the strengthening of national health research systems; the development, monitoring and implementation of policies on research for health; the integration of research with decisions for health, and; initiatives to increase the value and appreciation of research for health and development. 

Julia Finkelstein is an assistant professor of epidemiology and nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, with expertise in the design and conduct of randomized trials and cohort studies in resource-limited settings.

Damian Francis is founding director of Cochrane Caribbean, and has facilitated the training of over 100 Caribbean researchers, academics, health providers and policy makers in evidence synthesis and evidence informed decision making. He is a Nutritionist and Epidemiologist with research interests in social determinants of obesity in youth, premature cardiovascular mortality and global health equity. Damian is a former Lecturer in Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research at the University of the West Indies. 

Lee Hooper has been an editor for the Cochrane Heart Group for 14 years, was an editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group for 5 years, and regularly referees systematic reviews for top medical and nutrition journals. Dr. Hooper is a member of the World Health Organization Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) on Diet and Health, which has recently produced guidance on sodium and potassium intakes. As well as being a Cochrane editor, she is an editor of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, was awarded Ibex Award by British Dietetic Association (2005), and was a member of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Partners Council. Dr. Hooper is a Reader in Research Synthesis, Nutrition & Hydration in the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, mainly in the areas of dehydration and nutrition of older people and the effects of dietary change on health.

Lynn Johnson is a senior statistical consultant at the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU). She has a Ph.D. in statistics from Cornell University and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado in biometry and mathematics. Her interests range from statistical methodology to statistical applications in epidemiology, nutrition, environmental science, and the social sciences.

Bruce Lewenstein is a professor of science communication at Cornell University. He is chair of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and a faculty member in the Department of Communication. Dr. Lewenstein specializes in public communication of science and technology.

Saurabh Mehta is an associate professor of global health, epidemiology, and nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. The overarching focus of his research is to identify, diagnose, and intervene on modifiable risk factors such as nutrition to improve population health with advances in technological innovation as an integral component.

Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas is coordinator, Evidence and Programme Guidance, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Francoise Vermeylen, MS is the director and one of the staff statisticians for Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU). She has more than 20 years of experience in providing statistical consulting at Cornell University to researchers from a broad range of fields.  She is also a Senior Lecturer in Biological Statistics and Computational Biology.

Martin T Wells is the Charles A. Alexander Professor of Statistical Sciences. He is also a Professor of Social Statistics, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at Weill Medical School, an Elected Member of the Cornell Law School Faculty, as well as the Director of Research in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He teaches statistical methodology to undergraduate and graduate students in fields such as agriculture, biology, epidemiology, finance, law, medicine, nutrition, social science, and veterinary medicine as well as graduate courses in statistics.

Kate Ghezzi-Kopel is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. She serves as liaison to the Cornell Department of Human Development and the Division of Nutritional Sciences and is Coordinator of the Cornell University Library Systematic Review Service. Kate holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University. Her interests include health information literacy, interdisciplinary systematic reviews, scholarly communication, and promotion of evidence-based research practices.

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