WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Schedule

The majority of sessions will be held in Savage Hall. Prior to arriving, participants will complete online sessions on the history of Cochrane, the elements of a Cochrane review, and a case study that illustrates the application of systematic reviews in nutrition using a previously published Cochrane review.

During each day of the Institute, the daily schedule will include an opening and closing session including all participants, one to two plenary sessions for all participants, morning and afternoon workshop sessions to develop systematic review skills tailored to the needs of each participant, and flexible time to meet with faculty mentors and review group members to make progress on your review in consultation with Institute faculty members. Nutritional Sciences faculty at Cornell University provide content expertise to support the work on reviews in their area of emphasis through consultations and individual appointments.

Typical daily schedule

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Morning introductory session, attended by all, to introduce the day’s topics/questions and discuss questions arising in participant working groups
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Plenary session presentations on topic(s) of the day
  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Coffee break
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Morning workshop session on topic(s) of the day or group work with mentors
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch break
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Afternoon workshop session on topic(s) of the day or group work with mentors
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Afternoon workshop session on topic(s) of the day or group work with mentors
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Faculty mentor meetings and tea break
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m.: Round-up session, attended by all, to summarize topic of the day, to discuss workshop preparation for future sessions

Workshop sessions

Workshop sessions provide hands-on, small-group, interactive learning directly relevant to each review topic. Workshop sessions are flexible to meet needs of the participants. Sessions include the following:

  • RevMan introduction
  • RevMan advanced
  • GRADE introduction
  • GRADE advanced
  • PICO and development of the question, logic models
  • Protocol Development and Registration
  • Summary of Findings Table, Introduction
  • Summary of Findings Table, Advanced
  • Epidemiology methods: effect estimates
  • Library: search strategies/implementation
  • Library: resources in Cochrane groups
  • Library: resources at Cornell University
  • Statistical methods: meta-analysis introduction
  • Statistical methods: forest plot and heterogeneity
  • Statistical methods: random effects/fixed effects
  • Statistical methods: cluster randomized studies and meta-analysis
  • Non-randomized studies in Cochrane reviews

Daily agenda

Day 1: Introduction

[review stage: background and review/protocol development]

  • Plenary session(s) on Cochrane history, WHO guideline development and interaction with Cochrane review groups
  • Workshop focus: Protocol development, including development of the question and PICO
  • All participants obtain log-in for internet and library access at Cornell
  • 5:30 p.m.: Opening reception

Day 2: Protocol development/registration

[review stage: background and review/protocol development]

  • Plenary session on meta-analysis methods and logic models, including logic models to support public health reviews (process oriented), infectious disease reviews (biologically oriented), etc.
  • Group presentations of review topics
  • Workshop focus: Protocol development and registration for different review types; Logic models to support all steps in the review; Building a strong foundation for the review

Day 3: Critical role of library support

[review stage: selecting studies and collecting data]

  • Plenary sessions on library resources, how Cochrane groups handle searches
  • Group presentations of review topics
  • Workshop focus: constructing a search, practice applying a search strategy and working with online databases, working with Cochrane groups to complete a search, introduction to GRADE

Day 4: Criteria for including studies in the review

[review stage: selecting studies and collecting data]

  • Plenary sessions on integration of equity into Cochrane reviews; a nutrition content session (for example, on food fortification)
  • Workshop focus: Data extraction forms and applying inclusion criteria; data extraction by comparison and outcome; Search syntax and translating searches from PubMed to other databases

Day 5: Collecting data from published studies

[review stage: selecting studies and collecting data]

  • Plenary sessions on models and methods available for nutrition evidence
  • Workshop focus: Searching for clinical trials; Tackling the gray literature; Introduction to RevMan for data entry, the characteristics of studies table, and excluded studies table; Statistics–effect sizes and summary statistics for categorical and continuous outcomes

Weekend events will be planned for the group

Day 6: Statistical support for review success

[review stage: analyzing extracted data and undertaking the meta-analysis]

  • Plenary session on nutrition topics (for example, controversies in maternal nutrition) and understanding sources of bias in individual studies
  • Workshop focus: definitions of bias, assessing risk of bias in included studies, library and statistical topics

Day 7: Analyzing extracted data

[review stage: analyzing extracted data and undertaking the meta-analysis]

  • Plenary sessions—optional to allow groups time to make progress on reviews
  • Workshop focus: creating risk of bias tables and figures and understanding assessment of overall risk of bias; Statistics topic—fixed and random effect models, heterogeneity and subgroup analysis

Day 8: Presenting results

[review stage: presenting results and summary of findings table]

  • Plenary sessions: Plain language communication
  • Workshop focus: data analysis and construction and interpretation of forest plots; risk of bias tools; how to use non-randomized studies in a review; RevMan advanced methods

Day 9: Presenting results

[review stage: interpreting results and drawing conclusions]

  • Plenary sessions: Using GRADE; GRADE and the Summary of Findings Table
  • Workshop focus: Getting to the finish line with your review; the publication process in Cochrane reviews; applying GRADE to your review
  • 6:30 p.m.: Closing reception and dinner, Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel, Cornell University

Day 10: Wrap-Up

  • Group presentations on progress/plans forward with input and guidance from faculty
  • Closing session, end at noon

Contact us at summerinstitute@cornell.edu