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Upcoming webinar series on how to critically evaluate systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Findings from recent surveys among undergraduate nutrition students and health professionals highlight the importance of building necessary skills to scrutinize and critically evaluate nutrition information from non-academic sources, such as the media. One important tool is to follow the hierarchy of scientific evidence.
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses (SRMAs) are often considered the highest quality of scientific evidence. However, SRMAs can only provide strong evidence if they are performed well.
The Canadian Nutrition Society is offering a free two-part webinar series* in June, which will present an overview of SRMAs and provide attendees with the knowledge needed to read and critically evaluate a SRMA.
- Part 1 (June 3): The basics of what a SRMA is, how to read a SRMA, and highlight strengths and limitations of SRMAs
- Part 2 (June 23, rescheduled from June 10): Hands-on learning of the key steps in conducting a SRMA and the tools necessary to assess your confidence in the results
The webinar series is presented by Laura Chiavaroli, PhD, a Clinical Trialist and Post-Doctoral Fellow with Dr. John Sievenpiper at the University of Toronto. Throughout Laura’s training, she has gained robust experience in the conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She has co-authored over 30 systematic reviews and meta-analyses and focuses much of her time on educating others about how they are performed and interpreted. Laura's primary research interests lie in the field of nutrition and cardiometabolic health, specifically on carbohydrate nutrition, obesity and diabetes.
*The two-part webinar series is sponsored by the Canadian Sugar Institute, Nutrition Information Service.
For more information and to register for the free webinars, please visit:
Additional CSI-sponsored webinar recordings available through the Canadian Nutrition Society: