The Child Health Research Institute Introduces New Seminar Series

The Institute will present its first seminar on March 5 with opening by executive director, Dr. Mary Leonard, and speakers, Dr. Crystal Mackall and Mr. Christopher Mount.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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. This premier event serves as forum for engaging in conversations with other researchers and scientists across the Stanford community who are dedicated to solving health issues in this field.

Anthony Oro, MD PhD, the Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology and co-director of the CHRI, chairs the education committee that oversees the Institute’s educational and development initiatives, including the seminars.

“Our mission is to create a collaborative community that brings together the best and brightest minds from across the University and beyond to discuss and solve high-level challenges facing the research community,” said Dr. Oro. “The seminars provide a platform to showcase the incredible work being done in maternal and child health, as well as our commitment to Stanford’s excellence in education, research, and training.”

Seminar topics will range from cardiovascular health to diabetes developments to genome editing therapies, all relevant to maternal and child health. The first seminar, CAR-T Cell Therapy for Pediatric Oncology: The Peril and the Promise, is scheduled for March 5, with introduction by CHRI executive director, Mary Leonard, MD.

Presenters at the inaugural seminar will include Crystal Mackall, MD, director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, who is pioneering novel therapies to combat cancer cells in children. A professor of pediatrics and of medicine, and associate director of the Stanford Cancer Institute, Dr. Mackall also serves as a mentor to a CHRI-funded clinical trainee. Christopher Mount, a graduate student in Dr. Michelle Monje's laborator - a recipient of several CHRI awards - will also speak at the seminar.

The seminars are open to the Stanford research community. Seats are limited, and reservation is required. All seminars are from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at specified locations. Lunch will be provided. To see a listing of seminars, visit our Seminars page.

For questions about the seminars, please contact the CHRI at

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