MCHRI Seminar Series

The MCHRI Seminar Series highlights 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. Individuals able to attend in person will be provided lunch or a light snack unless otherwise noted in the specific event. For questions about registration, please contact Neta Miller.

Upcoming 2024 Speakers

Monday, June 17, 2024, 12-1pm
Online via Zoom ONLY

Community Engaged Research: Working with Community Advisory Boards

Participants will learn about how to engage communities in research design through community advisory boards. We will explore the benefits of community advisory boards, and share lessons learned in developing, training and maintaining advisory boards, including with individuals and communities who have experienced marginalization.


Shazeen Suleman MD MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Co-Director of Community Engagement, Office of Child Health Equity; Co-Director, Scholarly Concentration in Community-engagement and Advocacy, Pediatrics; Principal Investigator, The Compass Lab

Kathleen M. Kan, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Urology; PI, Kan Lab

Past Seminars

Monday, January 29, 2024, 12pm-1pm
Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom

Geopolitical Unrest: How Aid Sanctions Impact Global Progress on Maternal and Child Health

Political unrest and armed conflict are increasing with aid sanctions being the most common tool to respond to certain types of political events. Aid sanctions are a unique tool of statecraft previously thought not to impact the humanitarian population. This research seminar explores findings of how aid sanctions impact maternal and child health in fragile nations. Join Professor Paul Wise and Dr. Ruth Gibson for a conversation about protecting MCH during political unrest and how sanctions might be used to protect principles of international law while minimizing harm to local populations.

Ruth Gibson, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Medicine

Paul Wise, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics, Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Monday, February 5, 2024, 12pm-1pm
Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom

CMQCC and CPQCC: Addressing Perinatal Health Equity

Join this MCHRI seminar to learn about the current state of perinatal outcomes in CA across populations. Understand the work that both collaboratives have underway to support hospitals in addressing documented inequities and making the input from patient and community actionable. Drs. Amanda Williams and Jochen Profit will highlight the current activities of both the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) and California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC). 

Amanda P. Williams, MD, MPH, FACOG, Clinical Innovation Advisor, CMQCC and Adjunct Faculty, Stanford School of Medicine

Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics, Neonatal and Developmental Medicine and Chief Quality Officer, California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative

Monday, March 4, 2024, 12pm-1pm
Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom

Case Studies of Innovative Models for Patient and Community Engagement in Research: Researcher and Community Partner Perspectives

Join this MCHRI seminar to learn from community-academic partnerships about different models of engaging communities and patients as partners in research. The seminar will discuss benefits of engagement in research, tips for starting and maintaining partnerships, best practices, and suggestions for addressing challenges.

Stephanie Smith, MD MPH, Instructor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Heidi Boynton, BS, Executive Director, Jacob’s Heart

Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine and Co-Director, The PRIDE Study

Daniel Moretti, MSc, Community Engagement Lead, PRIDEnet, Stanford University School of Medicine

Diana M. Tordoff, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Scholar, The PRIDE Study, Stanford University School of Medicine

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 12pm-1:30pm
Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom

Six Approaches to Framing Qualitative Research

This workshop will describe key qualitative research methods, their unique approaches, and how they can be incorporated into a grant proposal. Exemplars of how qualitative research methods can be applied to the healthcare setting will be presented in addition to various methods of sampling techniques that are used in qualitative research.


Kimberly Pyke-Grimm PhD, RN, CNS, CPHON
Nurse Scientist
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Department of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Center for Professional Excellence and Inquiry
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics

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

Monday, April 8, 2024, 12pm-1pm
Red Oak Room in CAM or Online via Zoom

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

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute annually sponsor Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Faculty Fellowships to 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. MCHRI has historically funded 23 fellows. Over an 8-month period, Faculty Fellows learn about the process of identifying innovation opportunities, inventing cost-effective solutions, and preparing to implement those inventions to improve patient care.

At this talk, learn about the education and training opportunities offered through Biodesign, hear from current Faculty Fellows present rapid pitches of their projects, and receive updates from past alumni on their ongoing work designed to address health technology challenges and needs.


  • Nima Aghaeepour, PhD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Sabrina Braham, MD, FAAP, Design, Innovation, and Clinical Entrepreneurship Fellow and Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
  • Rayhan Lal, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

Monday, May 6, 2024, 12pm-1:00pm
Online via Zoom ONLY

Organizing, Recognizing, and Rewarding Team Science Contributions

Team science – collaborations across multiple labs, institutions, and/or disciplines – challenges established procedures for project management and organization. This seminar will discuss methods for transparent communication, expectation-setting, and contribution reporting that can help keep team science projects running smoothly.

Heidi Baumgartner, PhD, is a Research Scholar at Stanford University, the co-director of the Stanford Big Team Science Lab, and the Executive Director of ManyBabies, an international collaborative network in developmental psychology research. Heidi completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and spent three years as a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. She is passionate about transparency and openness in big team science.

Thursday, May 23, 2024, 12pm-1:30pm
Online via Zoom ONLY

Qualitative Research Workshop: Overview of Qualitative Data Collection

Review qualitative research data collection methods, specifically reviewing qualities of interview and focus group methods. Presenters will discuss data collection best practices, tips for developing data collection materials such as interview guides, and how to prepare for qualitative analysis. Additionally, participants will gain insights from MCHRI grantees and lessons learned about qualitative data collection.

Janine Bruce, DrPH, MPH
Shazeen Suleman, MD, MPH
Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MS

Thursday, May 23, 2024, 12-1pm
Online via Zoom ONLY

Studying human embryo implantation “A grey box of human embryogenesis”

The seminar will discuss new advances on tissue modelling of the endometrium, how we can grow human embryos to undergo implantation in vitro and new insights into the interactions established between the embryo and the uterus at this stage.

Matteo A. Molè, PhD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology)