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Faculty Scholars lead the way in advancing pediatric cancer cellular therapy program

Pediatric hematologist/oncologists and CHRI Faculty Scholars, Kara Davis, DO, and Norman Lacayo, MD, are leading the way in developing cancer cellular therapy programs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to help patients, like Jesus Sanchez-Romero, receive life-saving treatments.

Concussion researchers study head motion in high school football hits

A research team led by concussion experts and CHRI members, David Camarillo, PhD, and Gerald Grant, MD, is outfitting the players with mouthguards that measure the motion of the head during impacts sustained in practices and games.

Eight scientists awarded NIH grants for high-risk, high-reward research

Eight School of Medicine researchers, including several CHRI members and awardees, will receive $32 million over five years to fund explorations of cancer, the brain, the aging process, chromosomes and the development of cells.


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Turning molecules into medicine with SPARK

An article in Stanford Medicine magazine profiles SPARK, an international program founded at Stanford that provides training and connections to help turn lab discoveries into treatments. CHRI partners with SPARK to fund projects related to maternal and child health research.

CHRI Funds Six Biodesign Faculty Fellows

The CHRI has funded six Biodesign Faculty Fellows for fiscal year 2019. The Institute partners with the Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship program to support motivated Stanford faculty members with advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovations and fund maternal and child health projects.

Neuroimaging studies linked to neurological developmental challenges of extremely preterm infants

Results from the Neuroimaging and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes (NEURO) School Age Follow-Up Study were recently published in Pediatrics. Neonatologist and CHRI Faculty Scholar, Susan Hintz, MD, MS Epi, is the lead author on the paper.

CHRI Announcement: New funding opportunity for instructors on NIH K-awards

The Instructor K Award Support provides supplemental support for instructors who pursue an NIH K-award. The CHRI will match departmental commitments of up to $25,000 per year, providing a total combined CHRI/departmental support of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years.

Inaugural research symposium set for November 16

The inaugural CHRI Symposium, scheduled for Friday, November 16th at the Stanford University Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge, will highlight the latest developments in maternal child health research from across the campus. Registration is now open.

The new, improved world of infant care

Six research centers are finding new ways to prevent premature birth, which affects one in 10 infants and can cause serious and costly mental and physical disabilities.

How blood will soon tell us everything

Recent studies show you can predict a woman’s due date within a two-week window from a blood test. Bill Gates highlights the work of Stephen Quake, a professor of bioengineering and of applied physics, and how noninvasive blood tests are the future of health care.

CHRI awards $800K to four Transdisciplinary Disciplinary Initiative Projects in 2018

The CHRI awards a total of $800,000 to four Transdisciplinary Disciplinary Initiative research projects led by teams from different schools to work together on innovative projects with significant impact in maternal and child health. Read more.

CHRI awards $3.3.M to 44 clinical fellows, postdocs, and master’s students in 2018

The CHRI awards a total of $3,364,982 to 26 clinical trainees, 14 postdoctoral researchers, and 4 master’s students who are pursuing clinical and translational research in maternal and child health. Read more.

CHRI awards over half a million dollars to 16 Pilot Grants in 2018

The CHRI awards a total of $541,026 to 16 pilot grants in three categories: Early Career Pilot grants for instructors and assistant professors, New Ideas grants for mid to senior investigators, and Clinician Educators grants for clinical instructors or above. Read more.

Stanford Medicine honors Christopher Dawes, a transformational leader

The longtime CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Christopher Dawes, has retired after nearly three decades of shaping health care for children and expectant mothers.

How Stanford research is making MRI scans safer for kids

Shreyas Vasanawala, professor of radiology, is tailoring MRI equipment to children. In this Q&A, he discusses how his work allows young patients to receive faster MRI exams that require less anesthesia.

A closer look at the powerhouses of the cell, mitochondria

Daniel Bernstein, MD, the Alfred Woodley Salter and Mabel G. Salter Endowed Professor, recently gave a lecture at the CHRI Seminar Series on an imaging technique for assessing the diversity of mitochondria. 

Stanford study shows how head and neck positioning affects concussion risk

Stanford researchers are working with a model they developed in David Camarillo’s lab to stimulate how head and neck positioning during an impact affects rotational acceleration resulting from the impact. 

CHRI awardees Ricardo Dolmetsch 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.

Rosenkranz Prize winner hopes to develop malaria vaccine for pregnant women

Prasanna Jagannathan, MD, assistant professor of medicine, received the 2018 Rosenkranz Prize, which he hopes to use to develop a malaria vaccine for pregnant women. He received a CHRI award for his pilot work on malaria chemoprevention in pregnancy and transfer of antimalarial antibodies to newborns.

Google Glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions

Children with autism were able to improve their social skills by using a smartphone app paired with Google Glasses, according to a study led by senior author and CHRI member, Dennis Wall, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and of biomedical data science.

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.

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. 

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.