MCHRI Seminar Series

The MCHRI Seminar Series highlight compelling clinical topics, innovative research, and the latest developments in maternal and child health, and serves as a forum for engaging in conversations with other researchers and scientists across the community. 

Students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to attend the seminars. Seats are limited, and reservation is required. Limited lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the event. 

Seminars are from typically from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the specified locations listed in the registration portal. 

More seminars will be added to the schedule! For questions about registration, please contact Roxanna Van Norman

Speakers for 2019

January 25, 2019
Bioengineering Strategies for Advancing Treatment of Brain Cancer 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, Room # 101

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS - Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology & Neurological Sciences; Recipient of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY14) and Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar Award (FY16)

Fan Yang, PhD - Associate Professor of Bioengineering and of Orthopaedic Surgery; Recipient of Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar Award (FY14)

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February 4, 2019
Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellows: Designing Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Auditorium

With introductions by Paul Yock, MD - Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign; Professor of Bioengineering and of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

Scott A. Hoffinger, MD - Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Wui Ip, MD - Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics 

Priya Prahalad, MD, PhD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology & Diabetes)

Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH – Professor, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor, Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)

Recipients of 2018 MCHRI Biodesign Faculty Fellowship Awards

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March 4, 2019
Improving Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes by Targeting Inflammation and Hypoxia 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Auditorium

Brice Gaudilliere, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

Laura S. Peterson, MD - Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine); Recipient of Clinical Trainee Support Award (FY18)

Anca M. Pasca, MD - Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine); Recipient of Clinical Trainee Support Award (FY15)

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April 1, 2019
The Health and Wellbeing of Children in Immigrant Families: Understanding the Impact of National Immigration Policy 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alway Building, M114

Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH - Professor, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs, Office of Student Affairs; Recipient of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY17)

David Laitin, PhD - Professor of Political Science; Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Immigration Policy Lab; Recipient of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY17)

Vasco Yasenov, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Political Science and Stanford Immigration Policy Lab


May 6, 2019
Abnormal Placentation from Clinic to Bench Discoveries

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alway Building, M114

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Deirdre J. Lyell, MD - Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine); Recipient of Pilot Grant Award (FY08) and Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar Award (FY12)

Julie Baker, PhD – Professor, Genetics; Recipient of SPARK Awards (FY17 and FY18)


June 3, 2019
SPARK Translational Research Program 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Li Ka Shing Center, Room 102 

Registration link coming soon.

Speakers TBA.


September 11, 2019
The Vaping Phenomenon:  What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it 

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Auditorium

Registration link coming soon.

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, FSAHM - Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine); Director of Fellowship Research and Co-leader of the Pediatrics Residency Scholarly Concentration Program, Department of Pediatrics; Director of Research and Associate Program Director for the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program

Karma McKelvey, MD, PhD -  Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)

Speakers for 2020

February 3, 2020
Allergy & Asthma Research  

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location TBD

Registration link coming soon.

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD – Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics (Allergy & Clinical Immunology); Director, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University; Recipient of Pilot Grant Award (FY12)

Howard Y. Chang, MD, PhD - Professor, Dermatology and Genetics

Past Seminars