WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Program Topics

Through didactic sessions and hands-on exercises, participants will learn the process of conducting and publishing a systematic review on nutrition interventions by participating in the development and publication of a systematic review. This Institute includes an online component followed by an interactive and in-person component and participants actively work on reviews to bring concepts to life through direct illustration and practice. Reviews produced by the participants have been used in WHO guidelines for member states, and a full bibliography will be added to the Institute website soon. Review topics vary from year-to-year and participants are also encouraged to bring forward reviews that they would like to work on with the team.

Topic of the systematic reviews we work on change from year-to-year and vary depending on the interests of faculty mentors and participants. We welcome participants to bring a review they are working on, provided there is willingness to collaborate. If you have a review you are working on, please make sure to tell us about it in your application materials. A few examples of past topics that led to published reviews include the following:

  • Wheat flour fortification with iron for reducing anemia and improving iron status in whole and at-risk populations
  • Biofortified staple crops with increased micronutrient content for improving vitamin and mineral status in populations
  • Supplementation with iodine for women during pregnancy and lactation
  • Folic acid supplementation in children living in malaria-endemic areas
  • Growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) for children in low- and middle-income countries
  • Effects of oral vitamin D supplementation on linear growth and other health outcomes among children under five years of age
  • Caregiver involvement in interventions for improving children's dietary intake and physical activity behaviors
  • Effectiveness of provision of animal-source foods for supporting optimal growth and development in children 6 to 59 months of age
  • Health Facility Staff Training for Improving Breastfeeding Outcome: A Systematic Review for Step 2 of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • Healthy eating interventions delivered in early childhood education and care settings for improving the diet of children aged six years and below

Participants often come to the Institute with a review they wish to develop, a review they are working on, or as part of a team working on a review. Some participants will be assigned to topic areas based on their interests and availability. We will work on reviews in collaborative groups. Groups are led by faculty mentors from Cornell University and elsewhere.

Participants will be required to complete preparatory work prior to beginning the Institute, and advance preparation assignments will be shared about a month prior to the Institute start date. Participants will be required to work on a protocol or title registration prior to attending the program, and they will be expected to lead or co-lead the completion of the systematic review after the Institute is completed.

Participants will be provided with access to the Cornell Libraries, access to Cornell Statistical Consulting and other facilities necessary for the review work, and library access will continue post-Institute for about one year.

WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Contact Information

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD, Director, Summer Institute
The Alan D. Mathios Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical
3310 MVR Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
+1 607.255.7551 (phone),
E-mail:  summerinstitute@cornell.edu

Please visit our registration page for details on how to apply.