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6 Development of the international knowledge application network hub in nutrition (iKANN)
  1. Lauren Ball1,2,3,
  2. Selvarani Elahi4 and
  3. Breanna Lepre1,5
  1. 1NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University, Parklands Drive Southport, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
  3. 3Menzies Health Institute Queensland, G40 Griffith Health Centre, Level 8.86 Gold Coast campus Griffith University, QLD 4222, Australia
  4. 4LGC Limited, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK
  5. 5School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia


Research is a cumulative process, and the open flow of information is key to the uptake of evidence into policy and practice. There is growing interest in online knowledge hubs that provide open access to information for public good, and in particular, platforms that have the capability to foster collaboration between different stakeholders, such as content providers and users (e.g., health care professionals, researchers and policy makers). At the NNEdPro Sixth International Summit on Nutrition and Health, Professor Ball and Selvarani Elahi MBE presented on the development of the International Knowledge Application Network Hub in Nutrition 2025 (iKANN). iKANN is an open access, online portal that provides opportunities to interact with a collation of evidence accompanied by commentary and guidance for workforce capacity building. A key aim of the iKANN initiative is to synthesise and promote global evidence in food, nutrition, and health, and to drive the implementation of evidence into policy and practice. iKANN aims to enhance collaborative efforts with a range of stakeholders from different backgrounds, to support the monitoring of progress and drive improvements in the quality of research and co-ordination of efforts. iKANN was developed in line with the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, and the encouragement from the World Health Organization to develop networks to support the nutrition and agriculture community to achieve food systems transformation and end malnutrition in all its forms. The initiative is led by the NNEdPro Global Centre, in conjunction with supporter, Swiss Re Institute, and implementation partners, which at the time of writing include GODAN, DSM, LGC, the BMJ, Nutrition in Medicine (NIM), Swiss Association for Co-operation on Food Education, and Konnexions.

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