MCHRI Seminar Series

The MCHRI Seminar Series highlight compelling clinical topics, innovative research, and the latest developments in maternal and child health, and serves as a forum for engaging in conversations with other researchers and scientists across the community. 

Students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to attend the seminars. Seminars are typically from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the specified locations listed in the registration portal., as well as joinable via Zoom. For question about registration, please contact Neta Miller.

Upcoming 2023 Speakers

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Increasing Diverse Representation in Maternal Child Health

Hybrid Event | Red Oak Dining Room, CAM and Online via Zoom

Learn about the state of disparities in clinical research, equitable recruitment strategies, and central resources available at Stanford to support the recruitment of diverse populations for clinical research

Ananta Addala, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Maya Berdichesky, DMD, Trial Innovation Network CTSA Hub Liaison Manager, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education (Spectrum)

Thursday, September 21, 2023, 12pm-1:30pm

MCHRI Qualitative Research Workshop Series
Standards for Qualitative Research

Hybrid Event | Red Oak Dining Room, CAM and Online via Zoom

Description: This workshop will discuss important standards for designing and reporting high quality qualitative research. Facilitators will discuss key elements that should be considered when writing a qualitative research grant proposal. Key elements will include issues of sampling, data collection, and analysis.

Janine Bruce, DrPH, MPH
Senior Research Scholar
Executive Director, Office of Child Health Equity
Co-Director, Scholarly Concentration in Community Health
Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine

Annette S. Nasr PhD, RN, MPA, NE-BC
Nurse Scientist, Department of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Center for Professional Excellence & Inquiry (CPE&I)
Stanford Children's Hospital
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell
Research Scholar
Co-Director, Scholarly Concentration in Medical Education
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford School of Medicine

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Principles of Community-Engaged Research

Hybrid Event | Grand Rounds Room, CAM and Online via Zoom

Learn about the benefits of community-engaged research and practical tips and resources to help you incorporate this approach in your own work.

Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH, MSHS, Professor, Stanford Department of Pediatrics, Director, Community-Engaged Research Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute
Janine Bruce, DrMH, MPH, Senior Research Scholar, Office of Child Health Equity, Stanford Department of Pediatrics, Director, Scholarly Concentration in Community Health, Stanford School of Medicine

Monday, October 2, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Demystifying Implementation Science

Hybrid Event | Red Oak Dining Room, CAM and Online via Zoom

Join this MCHRI seminar to learn how and when to apply the methods of implementation science to your work. Ironically, implementation science has translational problems, in part because of a seemingly endless array of models and frameworks. This seminar aims to demystify this rapidly evolving science for practical application in your research and practice.

Mark McGovern, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

Past Seminars

January 10, 2023

Detection and Diagnosis of Mendelian and Undiagnosed Diseases

Learn about how the NIH’s GREGoR (Genomics Research to Elucidate the Genetics of Rare diseases) Consortium is aiming to recruit patients at Stanford and develop new approaches for solving rare genetic diseases, as well as the Undiagnosed Disease Network's (UDN) role and opportunities.

Stephen Montgomery, PhD
Matthew Wheeler, MD

February 9, 2023

Engineering the hematopoietic system to treat non-hematological diseases

Join this MCHRI seminar to learn how ombining genome editing and stem cells can be used to treat neurological diseases. The seminar will discuss novel ways to condition the central nervous system to efficiently recruit blood cells and how to use it to treat genetic neurodegenerative diseases.

Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Genetics and Stem Cell Transplantation
Pasqualina Colella, PhD, Research Scientists, Pediatrics, Genetics

March 8, 2023

Deciphering the Warburg effect: metabolic reprogramming, epigenetic dysregulation, and cell dedifferentiation

Learn how the Warburg effect promotes tumorigenesis. The seminar will discuss how metabolic reprogramming causes epigenetic dysregulation, leading to cell dedifferentiation and tumor progression, and how to use metabolic therapy to reverse the Warburg effect and reactivate differentiation program for the cure of cancer. 

Jiangbin Ye, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Haowen Jiang, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiation Biology

Monday, April 10, 2023, 12pm - 1pm

Biodesign Faculty Fellows: Designing Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care

Virtual Event

Faculty Fellowships spur innovations in maternal and child health, offering faculty the opportunity to apply their knowledge to advance care delivered through Stanford Medicine Children's Health

Sumit Bhargava, MD, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Anuradha Dayal, MD, FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Golara Honari, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Dermatology

Monday, April 24, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Using Digital Imaging for Monitoring Skin Disease - YouTube

Virtual Event

Roxana Daneshjou, MD, PhD
Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, DrPH
Jean Yuh Tang, MD, PhD

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Join in person at CAM or Online via Zoom

Maternal morbidity has many causes and is on the rise. Join this MCHRI seminar to learn how iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy contributes to maternal and neonatal morbidity, its importance as a clinical and research target, and innovative, patient-informed approached toward its evaluation and treatment.

Irogue Igbinosa, MD
Deirdre Lyell, MD

Monday, May 22, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Challenges and opportunities for fetal and pediatric device development

Hybrid Event
Join in person at CAM or Online via Zoom

Join this seminar to learn about Impact1, the Stanford Biodesign program targeted at advancing pediatric, fetal, and maternal health technology to impact lives from day one. We will explore the unique attributes of fetal and pediatric device development, share the recent development of a novel fetal bladder shunt for the treatment of fetal lower urinary tract obstruction, and highlight Stanford resources you can use for your own translational pursuits

Yair Blumenfeld, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)
Kunj Sheth, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Genomic and Stem Cell Approaches for Neonatal Neurological Disease

In Person Only: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auditorium, 725 Welch Road

David Rowitch, MD, ScD, FMedSci, FRS
Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Head of Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge UK

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Director, MCHRI; Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Physician-In-Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
David Stevenson, MD, Co-Director, MCHRI; Senior Associate Dean for Maternal & Child Health, Stanford School of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine)


Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Oncogenic Pathways Provide Clue to the Etiology of Neuropsychiatric Conditions

Hybrid Event

Learn about how oncogenic pathways, specifically the Ras/MAPK pathway, can impact the development of children's brains. During the seminar, we will explore how germline pathogenic variants in the Ras/MAPK pathway are associated with distinct brain signatures and neuropsychiatric conditions, such as Autism and ADHD. Additionally, we will discuss why taking a "genetic first" approach has become essential in the clinical research of neuropsychiatric conditions.

Tamar Green, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences)

Friday, June 23, 2023, 12pm-1pm

Community engagement for maternal-child health interventions design and delivery in low-income countries: Examples from Gambia and Mali

Hybrid Event

Semira Manaseki-Holland FRCP, FFPHM, MRCPCH, PhD, MPH, MBBS, BMedSci Reader in Public Health/Global Health, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham