Innovative ideas and research at Stanford 2018 Childx

The Stanford Child Health Research Institute showcases new ideas and innovative research in maternal and child health at the 2018 Childx conference. Pediatrian and CHRI member, Tom Robinson, MD, MPH moderates a session on the childhood obesity epidemic. (Photo credit: Cris Gebhardt)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Over 30 speakers from a range of disciplines, from bioengineering to psychology, took the stage at the third Childx conference earlier this month on Stanford campus and delivered the latest developments and advancements in children's health. Hosted by the Stanford Child Health Research Institute, the two-day event welcomed more than 380 participants to the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Discovery on April 12 and 13 to discuss complex issues and innovative solutions in maternal and child health.

“At Stanford Medicine, we’ve embraced the concept of precision health and its objectives to predict, to prevent, and to cure precisely,” said David K. Stevenson, MD, the senior associate dean for maternal and child health at Stanford School of Medicine and the Institute’s co-director, in his morning remarks. "Maternal and child health is at the foundation of precision health and research focused on pregnant women and children is informing adult health and informing our nation’s public health.”

Stanford pediatricians Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD and David Cornfield, MD co-chaired the conference committee with the aim to showcase the collaboration among the diverse disciplines and the innovative research on campus and beyond in maternal and child health.

Mary Leonard, MD, the Institute’s executive director, commented on the mission in bringing all disciplines at Stanford and expertise together as a community in her opening remarks. “It’s really been one of the real strengths of what CHRI has done and that is to bring the whole campus together with everyone focusing on maternal and child health,” said Dr. Leonard, the chair of the pediatrics department within the Stanford School of Medicine.

The keynotes for this year’s conference focused on the economic opportunities for children; growth mindsets among adolescents; the bioethics of science; and non-invasive prenatal tests. Six other presentations covered today’s most compelling health issues: the origins of illness and disability; mental health; literacy; childhood obesity; new genetic treatments; and innovative technology against diseases.

The conference also provided physicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to earn continuing medical education credits, and learning objectives and ideas to employ in their practice. The community can now view recordings of the presentations online.

Keynote Presentations

Improving Economic Opportunities for Our Children: New Lessons from Big Data
Raj Chetty, PhD, Stanford Economics

Mindsets, Achievement and Well-being in Adolescence
Carol Dweck, PhD, Stanford Psychology

Ethics and the Limits of Science
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnostics
Stephen Quake, PhD, Stanford Bioengineering

Session Presentations

Origins of Illness and Disability: Nurturing Nature?
Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, Stanford Medicine
Tony Wyss-Coray​, PhD, Stanford Medicine
David Cornfield, MD, Stanford Medicine (moderator)
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University (moderator)

New Approaches to Understanding and Treating Mental Health in Childhood:  Networks and Connections
Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford Medicine
Sergiu Pasca, MD, PhD, Stanford Medicine
Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, Stanford Medicine (moderator)

Literacy and Health:  A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants during Early Childhood
Bruce McCandliss, PhD, Stanford Education
Ruth Parker, MD​, Emory Medicine
Catherine Snow, PhD, Harvard Education
Lee Sanders, MD, Stanford Medicine (moderator)

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic:  Novel Solutions
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, Build Healthy Places Network
Julie Parsonnet, MD, Stanford Medicine
Anisha Patel, MD, MPH, MSHS, Stanford Medicine
Tom Robinson, MD, MPH, Stanford Medicine (moderator)

New Genetic and Immunological Treatments: Implementation
Kara Davis, MD, Stanford Medicine
John Day, MD, PhD, Stanford Medicine
Jim Woody, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Panel Moderator: Paul Fisher, MD, Stanford Medicine (moderator)

Next Generation Management of Chronic Illnesses:  Technology for Real-Time Monitoring
Bronwyn Harris, MD, Stanford Medicine
David Maahs, MD, Stanford Medicine
Carlos Milla, MD, Stanford Medicine
Paul Yock, MD, Stanford Bioengineering (moderator)

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