The Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) at Stanford University provides a unique opportunity to advance the health of children and expectant mothers worldwide
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The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) accelerates Stanford discoveries to improve the health of pregnant women and children by fostering transdisciplinary research in the pre-clinical, clinical, and basic sciences. The MCHRI works in partnership with the Stanford Children’s Health - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (LPCH), the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH), and the Stanford School of Medicine (SOM).

As the research and innovation arm of the Stanford Children's Hospital, the MCHRI identifies, connects, and empowers the next generation of leaders and researchers who will advance groundbreaking discoveries that improve the health of expectant mothers and children, both locally and globally. The MCHRI leads initiatives as well as invests in centers and institutes across Stanford to leverage existing expertise to accelerate discoveries in maternal and child health.

The MCHRI offers a variety of education, resources, and funding mechanisms to support faculty and trainees throughout the School of Medicine and across the university. By growing a community of leading researchers, creating diverse educational opportunities for training and collaboration, and advancing cutting-edge research through rigorous peer-review, the institute is enabling medical discoveries, better care, and even cures.  

The MCHRI is led by Director Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Co-Directors, David K. Stevenson, MD, professor of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Anthony Oro, MD, PhD, professor of Dermatology.

Statement of Purpose

Mobilize Stanford discoveries and expertise to launch healthier lives.

Strategic Goals

  • Trigger innovative research to make transformational discoveries.
  • Marshall all disciplines at Stanford to improve the health of expectant mothers and children.
  • Accelerate the translation of our discoveries into action.
  • Expand the number of future academic leaders in maternal and child health
  • Play a leadership role locally and globally to promote maternal and child health