Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

"Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects nearly 1 in 54 children and constitutes a significant concern for public health, yet the etiology of the disorder is not known. Funding from MCHRI has allowed us to investigate, for the first time, neurobiological markers that detect autism and predict severity of autism symptoms in male and female children in novel quantitative ways that were not previously possible."

Kaustubh Supekar, PhD
The Taube Family Endowed Transdisciplinary Investigator for Maternal Child Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2021 Awards

Project Title: In Vivo Evaluation of Short Bowel Function Using Soft Bioelectronic Sensors
PI: James Dunn, MD, PhD, School of Medicine (Surgery)
Co-PI: Zhenan Bao, PhD, School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

Project Title: AI to Monitor Maternal and Child Health Globally in Near Real Time and At an Extremely High Spatial Resolution: A Proof-Of-Concept Study
PI: Pascal Geldsetzer, MD, PhD, MPH, School of Medicine (Medicine)
Co-PIs: Marshall Burke, PhD, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Earth System Science); Gary Darmstadt, MD, MS, School of Medicine (Pediatrics); David Lobell, PhD, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Earth System Science); Stefano Ermon, PhD, School of Engineering (Computer Science)

Project Title: Data-Driven Approach to Personalized Type 1 Diabetes for Underserved Populations Facilitated by Continuous Glucose Monitor Data and Telehealth: Scaling Beyond Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
PI: Ramesh Johari, PhD, School of Engineering (Management Science & Engineering)
Co-PIs: David Maahs, MD, PhD, School of Medicine (Pediatrics); Priya Prahalad, MD, School of Medicine (Pediatrics); David Scheinker, PhD, School of Medicine (Pediatrics)

Project Title: FocusLab
PI: Anthony Norcia, PhD, School of Humanities and Sciences (Psychology)
Co-PIs: Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD, School of Medicine (Ophthalmology); Euna Koo, MD, School of Medicine (Ophthalmology); Scott R. Lambert, School of Medicine (Ophthalmology); Ann Shue, MD, School of Medicine (Ophthalmology)

Project Title: Examining Communication and Marketing Strategies to Reduce Food Insecurity among Latinx Children in California's San Joaquin Valley
PI: Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH, MSHS, School of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Co-PI: Szu-Chi Huang, MA, PhD, Graduate School of Business (Marketing)

Project Title: Using Maternal Metabolomic Profiles to Determine Gestational Age and Risk of Preterm Birth and Preeclampsia in Low Resource Settings
PI: Victoria Ward, MD, School of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Co-PIs: David K. Stevenson, MD, School of Medicine (Pediatrics); Andrea Montanari, PhD, School of Engineering (Electrical Engineering and Statistics); Mohsen Bayati, PhD, MSc, Graduate School of Business (Operations, Information & Technology); Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, School of Medicine (Pediatrics); Karl G. Sylvester, MD, School of Medicine (Surgery)

Past Awards