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CHRI awardees Ricardo Dometsch and Sergiu Pasca venture into the emerging field of molecular psychiatry 

Neuroscientists Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, and Sergiu Pasca, MD, each received funding from the CHRI early on to help support their collaborative and innovative work in understanding the development of human brain disorders.

New CEO of Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health appointed

Cynthia Brandt Stover has been appointed president and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. The foundation directs all fundraising for the Stanford Children’s Hospital and for the maternal and child health programs at the School of Medicine.

Brain scans yield more clues to autism

Children with autism have structural and functional abnormalities in the brain circuit that normally makes social interaction feel rewarding, according to a recent study. Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the senior author.

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals

U.S. News & World Report once again ranks Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals for the 14th consecutive year.

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado celebrated for her accomplishments in pediatric research

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, senior associate dean for faculty development and diversity and professor of pediatrics, is celebrated for her perseverance and accomplishments in pediatric research.

A rare disease inspires a Stanford team to develop a new test

Fanconi anemia is a rare but deadly disease and there are no good drugs to treat its root cause, but Stanford researchers, including Eric Kool, PhD, and Kenneth Weinberg, MD, and collaborator Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, are developing a test that could help kids with the disease.

Separation from parents removes children’s most important protection

Stanford psychologist Ian H. Gotlib discusses the psychological effects of early-life stress and parental separation. Gotlib’s research has shown that children need their parents for their own emotional well-being.

Genetic variation in progesterone receptor tied to prematurity risk

Humans have unexpectedly high genetic variation in the receptor for a key pregnancy-maintaining hormone, according to research led by Stanford scientist. Gary Shaw, DrPH, and David Stevenson, MD, both professors of pediatrics, share senior authorship of this study.

CHRI Announcement: Funding Increase for the Postdoctoral Support Program FY 2019

The CHRI is pleased to announce an increase in funding through its Postdoctoral Support Program to match the campus-wide minimum for postdoctoral fellows. 

Faculty Scholar shares experience in the Eureka program for translational medicine

The CHRI sponsored several Stanford faculty, including hematologist/oncologist Anupama Narla, MD, to attend a seven-day course in translational medicine at the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine in Siracusa, Italy.

The long-term vision in science: Faculty Scholar finds her Eureka moment as a translational scientist 

Psychiatrist and behavioral scientist Manpreet Singh, MD, MS, shares her journey as translational researcher and the impact of the multiple awards she has received from the CHRI in her work, including the most recent opportunity to attend an intensive course at the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine in Siracusa, Italy. 

Ms. Hosna Omarzad receives Donna Schurr Spirit Award

The CHRI is proud to announce Ms. Hosna Omarzad as the recipient of the 2018 Donna Schurr Spirit Award, given by the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine for an outstanding staff member for their outstanding performance and dedication.

Blood test might predict pregnancy due date and preterm birth

A Stanford-led team has developed a blood test that can give a reliable estimate of the baby’s due date and can predict if the baby will arrive prematurely. Study included co-senior author Stephen Quake, PhD, a professor of bioengineering and of applied physics.

Researchers team up to develop new life-saving antibiotics that will not cause deafness in children

Anthony Ricci, PhD, a professor of otolaryngology, and Alan Cheng, MD, an associate professor of otolaryngology, are developing new life-saving antibiotics that will not cause deafness in children. This project was supported by SPARK, funded in part by the CHRI for projects focused in maternal and child health. See article in Stanford Medicine magazine and blog post in Scope.

Link between birth weight and adult metabolic health

New research examines the relationships between birth weight and metabolic and cardiovascular disease in adults. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, an expert in childhood obesity and a CHRI executive committee member, provides his take in the article.

Health Innovation Opportunities for 2017-2018 Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellows

The Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship provides motivated Stanford University faculty members from the schools of Medicine and Engineering with advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovation. Six participants were partially funded by the CHRI.

New Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center sets out to stop disease before it starts

Officially established last year, the Stanford Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center brings together scientists from across campus to focus on precision health and integrated diagnostics. The center’s team of scientists includes members from the CHRI.  

Dr. Crystal Mackall awarded $11.9M for anti-leukemia clinical trial

Crystal Mackall, professor of pediatrics and of medicine at the School of Medicine, was awarded $11.9 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM) to fund a anti-leukemia clinical trial.

Scientists find possible autism biomarker in cerebrospinal fluid

In a recent study, Stanford scientists have found low levels of a hormone called vasopressin that are linked to low social ability in monkeys and to autism in children. CHRI awardee, Karen Parker, PhD, is the lead author of this study. 

Stanford team tests sleep monitoring for asthma patients

Pediatric pulmonologist and CHRI member, David Cornfield, MD and a group of colleagues are testing a new monitoring approach that uses data collected during sleep. 

Innovative ideas and research at the Stanford 2018 Childx

Over 30 speakers from bioengineering to psychology took the stage at the third Childx conference earlier this month on Stanford campus and delivered the latest developments and advancements in children’s health.  

Recent study suggest that pediatric obesity and depression are connected in the brain

Early-life obesity and depression may be driven by shared abnormalities in brain regions that process rewards, according to a recent study with lead authorship by Manpreet Singh, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a member of the CHRI.

Stanford Childx 2018: Big ideas for little patients

Highlights from Childx, a cross-disciplinary science, medicine, public policy and healthcare symposium on research developments and opportunities for improving pediatric care.

Dr. Mary Leonard Receives Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, executive director of the CHRI, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women. She is honored for her significant contributions to the Silicon Valley through their leadership in medicine and health care.

Altered immune cells clear childhood brain tumor in mice

Recent study published in Nature Medicine demonstrates the first time a severe brainstem cancer has been eradicated in mice with the tumor. The senior authors are CHRI members, Michelle Monje, MD, PhD and Crystal Mackall, MD.

Precision health and growth mindsets at Childx

The third Childx conference was held last week at Stanford, hosted by the Child Health Research Institute. Hundreds of pediatricians, educators, scientists and policy experts attended the TED-style event to address challenges and solutions in child health.

Using big data to understand the disappearing American dream at Childx

Stanford economist Raj Chetty, PhD, delivers his keynote session at last week's Childx conference on the American dream of children growing up to earn more than their parents is harder to achieve than it used to be.

Tackling childhood obesity at Childx

Speakers at Childx, including Stanford Medicine pediatrician Tom Robinson, MD, explore novel approaches to tackling the challenging issues in childhood obesity.

Stanford’s Childx conference starts today. Jump in!

Today marks the start of Stanford's third Childx conference, a TED-style event addressing challenges and solutions in child health. 

Upcoming Childx conference will highlight collaborative solutions in child health

Next month, experts from many fields will convene at Stanford's third Childx conference to discuss challenges and solutions in child health. Heidi Feldman, MD and David Cornfield, MD, co-chairs of the conference share insights on this year's event.

The complex nature of concussion

A recent report in Physical Review Letters look at the complex nature of concussion, led by a team working under David Camarillo, PhD, an assistant professor of bioengineering and a member of the CHRI.

Countdown to Childx: What doctors can do to improve health literacy

Health literacy means doctors explaining health care tasks - such as giving a child medication - in doable steps that don’t make you feel like you’re overwhelmed, says health-literacy expert Ruth Parker, a guest at next month's Childx conference.

Countdown to Childx: Medical device innovation for kids with chronic disease

Pediatric cardiologist and biomedical innovator Bronwyn Harris talks about the challenge of translating data into better outcomes for kids with chronic diseases. Dr. Harris will speak at the upcoming Childx conference.

Countdown to Childx: Bioethics in pediatrics

The Childx conference, a TED-style event happening next week at Stanford, will feature a keynote session by bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

CHRI Faculty Scholars team up to transform the science and treatment of concussion 

By Laura Hedli

David Camarillo, PhD and Gerald Grant, MD are among the nation’s foremost concussion experts and teaming up to transform the science and treatment of head injuries. They are CHRI Faculty Scholars and have received several grants towards concussion-specific research efforts. 

Transformative Science Requires Risk

By Laura Hedli

Michelle Monje, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar and recipient of several Child Health Research Institute grants, takes a dynamic approach to studying brain tumor growth and potential treatments.

Building successful futures:  CHRI Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program awardee investigates the health of immigrant families and children

By Laura Hedli 

Fernando Mendoza, a professor of pediatrics and the primary investigator on a CHRI Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP) grant, explores the health and well-being of children in immigrant families in California, as well as the impact of federal, state, and local policies on health outcomes.