American India Foundation Symposium with Stanford Medicine

Drs. Gary Darmstadt (center), Dennis Wall, and Jennifer Newberry, present their work at the joint symposium held by American Indian Foundation and Stanford Medicine.

The American India Foundation in partnership with Stanford Medicine held a symposium uniting researchers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and even a Bollywood actress to discuss the current state of maternal and newborn health and to learn of new technologies and innovations that can improve access to healthcare in India and other nations in the developing world on October 14th, 2016.

The afternoon began with opening remarks and a conversation with actress Madhuri Dixit and husband, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Ram Nene. Attendees were able to learn of AIF’s successful health program, Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative, which has reduced child mortality by more than 40%, hear from entrepreneurs how they have applied design thinking and methods to their own organizations, and also learn of the latest research coming from Stanford School of Medicine faculty, specifically Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Dr. Dennis Wall, and Dr. Jennifer Newberry (pictured, right). Dean Lloyd B. Minor discussed Stanford’s efforts to treat and prevent disease in women and children around the world, not just locally. The day rounded off with the presentation of the MedTech award. 

by Vyvian Ngo, MPH