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; 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 Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign; Professor of Bioengineering and of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

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

Wui Ip, MD - Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics 

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

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

Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor of 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 of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

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

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

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April 1, 2019
The Health and Well-being 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, Minority Advising and Programs, Office of Student Affairs; Recipient of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY17)

David Laitin, PhD - Professor, 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

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May 6, 2019
Too Attached: When Mom and Baby are Inseparable

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

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

Julie Baker, PhD – Professor of Genetics; Recipient of MCHRI SPARK Award (FY17)

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June 3, 2019
The MCHRI SPARK Partnership: Designing Non-ototoxic Aminoglycosides 

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

Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD - Professor of Chemical & Systems Biology; Founder and Co-Director of SPARK; Recipient of MCHRI Cardiovascular Institute Award (FY14) and of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY14)

Alan G. Cheng, MD - Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery Divisions); Recipient of Faculty Scholar Award (FY12)


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

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

Karma McKelvey, MD, PhD -  Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine); Recipient of Postdoctoral Support Award (FY18)


October 7, 2019
Undiagnosed Diseases Network

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location TBD

Registration link coming soon.

Gill Bejerano, PhD - Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, of Computer Science, of Biomedical Data Science, and of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics); Recipient of Transdisciplinary Initiative Program Award (FY14)

Jonathon Bernstein, MD, PhD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) and, by courtesy, of Genetics



December 2, 2019
Mental Health

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

Registration link coming soon.

Ian Gotlib, PhD - Professor of Psychology; Director of Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology (SNAP) Laboratory; Recipient of Pilot Grant Award (FY18)

Additional speaker(s) TBD.

Speakers for 2020

February 3, 2020
Allergy and Asthma Research  

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location TBD

Registration link coming soon.

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

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


March 2, 2019
Systems Medicine in Pediatric Disease

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location TBD

Registration link coming soon.

Dennis Wall, PhD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Systems Medicine) and of Biomedical Data Science; Recipient of Pilot Grant Award (FY17)

Additional speaker(s) TBD.

Past Seminars