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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.

Dr. Crystal Mackall wins national award for cancer research

Crystal Mackall, MD, and her co-investigators, won a 2018 Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for their research in pediatric cancer. Dr. Mackall is a member of the CHRI and recently spoke at the inaugural education seminar.

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Researcher Identify Renegade Cells that Spur Relaspse in Children with Leukemia

Stanford researchers have published a paper in Nature Medicine that describes a technique to determine at diagnosis whether children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia would relapse. Authors included CHRI members Kara Davis, DO; Norman Lacayo, MD; Robert Tibshirani, PhD; Garry Nolan, PhD.

Recent deployment linked to higher risk of premature delivery

Giving birth soon after military deployment is linked to greater risk of premature delivery, according to a study of U.S. servicewomen led by author Jonathan Shaw, MD, a member of the CHRI.

CHRI Introduces New Seminar Series

The Stanford Child Health Research Institute will officially launch a new seminar series starting March, highlighting current research and the latest developments in maternal child health.

Taube's Gift to Launch Youth Addition, Children’s Concussion Initiatives

The Taube’s combined gift of $14.5M will enable Gerald Grant, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery and David Camarillo, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering to advance concussion education, care and research. They will speak about this topic at a champions reception the evening before the Childx conference.

Awardees Selected for Bridge Funding Support Progam 

The CHRI awarded two Bridge Funding Support, one to Manisha Desai, PhD, and the other to Julie Parsonnet, MD, to aid in the continuation of their research projects in maternal child health. 

CHRI Funds Two Global Child Health Equity Seed Grants

The CHRI funded two Global Child Health Equity Seed Grants of $25,000 each to Jennifer Keller, PhD and Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPHM for projects seeking solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and children in low-resource settings.

CHRI Funds Two Diabetes Research Center Seed Grants

The CHRI funded two Stanford Diabetes Research Center (SDRC) Pilot and Feasibility seed grants, one to Eric A. Appel, PhD and the other to H. Tom Soh, PhD, in support of maternal child health related research. 

Daniel Bernstein Named Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Scholarship

Daniel Bernstein, MD, the Alfred Woodley Salter and Mabel G. Salter Professor of Pediatrics, has been appointed as the School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Scholarship. He serves as the co-chair of the Clinical Trainee Support funding program in the CHRI.

High-tech imaging could reveal mysteries of bone damage in kids with chronic disease

Mary Leonard, MD, professor and chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford and the executive director of the CHRI, works to understand exactly how chronic diseases hurt children’s bone health.

Higher blood sugar in early pregnancy raises baby’s heart-defect risk

The study’s senior author, James Priest, MD, assistant professor of pediatric cardiology and recipient of a CHRI sponsored Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) seed grant award, looks at the link between high blood sugar in early pregnancies and baby's risk for heart defects.

The secret to building a strong heart lies in blood vessels

A recent study has linked a cardiovascular disease to poorly developed blood vessels around the heart in babies. The study included author Joseph Wu, MD, the Simon H. Stertzer professor of cardiovascular medicine, who has served as a mentor and co-investigator on several CHRI-funded awards.

California Stem Cell Agency Awards $5.6M in Grants to Anthony Oro

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded Anthony Oro, professor of dermatology and co-director of the CHRI, $5.6 million to support his work in developing new treatments for children with a blistering skin disease. 

Drug increases speed, safety of treatment for multiple food allergies

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and of pediatrics and the director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, is the co-author of this study where they looked at an asthma medication to treat children for food allergies.

Weight Gain Impact on Cardiovascular System

Stanford scientists have discovered how gaining weight changes your whole body, as described in a recent paper published online in Cell Systems. Senior authorship is shared by Michael Snyder, PhD, professor of genetics and co-investigator on a Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) seed grant sponsored by the CHRI; and Tracey McLaughlin, MD, professor of medicine, also a recipient of a CVI award funded by the CHRI.

The New Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford opened its new main building and grounds on December 9. Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new 521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. 

Stanford Magazine Spotlight on Pediatric Care

The Fall 2017 issue of Stanford Medicine highlights the ways specialists are using the latest technology and treatments to put children and their families at the center of care. Read the full story and check out the magazine online.

David K. Stevenson Elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

David K. Stevenson, the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director of the Child Health Research Institute, was selected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions in the field of neonatology and pediatrics. 

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.