Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Food and Feed Related Topics (2.5 day training workshop).
29-31 May 2017, University of York.

Course outline:

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to systematic review methodology with a focus on food and feed related topics. The use of systematic reviews is growing outside of the traditional areas of clinical practice. In this 2.5 day workshop we will focus on applying the systematic methodology to food and feed related topics.

The course will use a combination of seminars, group work and practical sessions to introduce the following topics:

      • The role of systematic reviews and their impact
      • How to develop a protocol for a systematic review
      • Literature searching for food and feed related topics
      • Risk of bias tools for randomized controlled trials, observational studies and experiments
      • Data extraction
      • Synthesis and meta-analysis
      • Reporting and disseminating systematic reviews

PLEASE NOTE: participants should not book travel until the final confirmation email is received six weeks before the course (17th April 2017).

Complementary course

This course is followed by a two day training course:

Meta-Analysis In Systematic Reviews For Food And Feed Related Topics
Complementary course

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Course content

              • Introduction to systematic reviews: 
Overview lecture that introduces key concepts and examples
              • Developing the review question and your protocol:
 Structured discussion and group work to develop a detailed review question according to PICOS criteria
              • Literature searching: 
Introduction to key searching ideas, sources and methods for food and feed related topics
              • Study selection/data extraction: Introduction to software, practical exercises in study selection and data extraction decision-making
              • Quality assessment & critical appraisal of primary studies: 
Introduction to key factors affecting risk of bias is randomized studies and observational studies.
              • Practical session appraising example papers with randomized studies and non-randomized studies
              • Data synthesis: Overview of summary statistics, introduction to methods of statistical synthesis and meta-analysis
              • Meta-analysis practical: Using computer software to demonstrate meta-analysis in practice
              • Reporting a systematic review:
 Discussion of key criteria and reporting requirements


Who should attend?

                • Participants do not need to have any familiarity with systematic reviews.
                • Participants need to bring their own laptops to the courses; information about what software packages to load will be provided ahead of time.

Course Details

Date: 29-31 May 2017. The workshop is held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Day 1 and Day 2. The workshop is held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Day 3.

This workshop will be followed by 2-day workshop in meta-analysis.
A discount is available for participants of both workshops.

Earlybird price: £585 +£117 VAT (total £702). Click here to see price for booking both courses. Registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch and course documentation.

* A charge of £20 (UK) will be payable for cancellations up to two months (3rd April 2017) prior to course. Cancellations requested one month ahead of the start date (before or on 28th April 2017) 50% of the fee will be refunded. If you cancel within one month (after 28th April 2017) of the start date, the course fee will not be refunded.

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances, any of the workshops have to be cancelled by the University of York, our liability is limited to a refund of paid workshop fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.

The course will be delivered by researchers and information specialists with extensive experience in knowledge and experience in undertaking systematic reviews on a wide range of topics related to food production, animal welfare, environmental health and nutrition.

Julie Glanville:

Julie Glanville has been Associate Director of YHEC since 2008. She coordinates YHEC’s information and review services to customers who require literature searches and reviews ranging from rapid reviews to systematic reviews and network meta-analyses. Julie also coordinates YHEC’s training programmewhich includes training in IR issues and also health economics issues. Julie is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group and she is an Associate Editor for the journal Research Synthesis Methods where she specializes in refereeing IR research papers. She has also acted as a referee to a wide range of other journals. She also contributes to the evidence-based information retrieval resource, SureInfo (, and is about to take over as the resource co-manager. This resource seeks to provide evidence-based summaries of best IR practice for the conduct of health technology assessments which include systematic reviews.

Dr. Jan Sargeant

Dr. Jan Sargeant is the Director for the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph, and a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Sargeant is a veterinarian and an epidemiologist. Her research interests are in knowledge synthesis and in the prevention and control of zoonotic and foodborne illness at the human-animal-environmental interface. She has over 150 peer reviewed publications and extensive experience in graduate student mentoring. With Dr. O’Connor, she is co-chair of the committee that developed the REFLECT statement and the STROBE-VET statement, and co-author of a special issue of Zoonoses and Public Health on Special Issue: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Animal Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sargeant teaches questionnaire design and systematic review / meta-analysis at the graduate level.

Dr. Annette O’Connor

Dr. O’Connor is a veterinary epidemiologist who works in the area of research synthesis related to food production, public health, food safety and uses of animals. Dr. O’Connor teaches meta-analysis, systematic reviews, guideline development and basic epidemiology. Dr. O’Connor has over 100 peer reviewed publications in primary research, epidemiology methods, systematic reviews projects and GRADE guideline development projects. Dr. O’Connor is a co-chair of the committee that developed the REFLECT statement and the STROBE-VET statement. She is co-author of a special issue of Zoonoses and Public Health on Special Issue: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Animal Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. She is also the section editor for two journals for systematic reviews and guideline development. Dr. O’Connor has over 100 peer reviewed publications.

All YHEC courses are held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.
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