Thank you for attending the 2023 Symposium!

6th Annual MCHRI Symposium
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Li Ka Shing Center

Thank you for attending the 2023 Symposium!

This annual research symposium brings together faculty, trainees, students, and postdocs to explore the latest developments and innovations in maternal and child health research. 

This year's symposium featured a keynote, multiple focused scientific sessions, abstracts and a poster hall from across the Stanford research community, and researchers and scientists who are making an impact in the maternal and child health community. 

This event was free and open to all. 

Symposium Sessions

Keynote Session: Climate Induced Change in Maternal and Child Health

  • Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, Director, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Thomas Luben, PhD, MSPH,  Senior Epidemiologist, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Eran Bendavid, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), Stanford University

Session 2: Is PEDSnet Right for You? Navigating the Data-Rich Research Journey at Stanford

  • Alan Schroeder, MD, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Stanford University
  • Natalie Pageler, MD, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Critical Care, Stanford University
  • Natasha Flowers, MS, Biomedical Informatics Data Scientist, Stanford Health Care
  • Esther Velasquez, DSc, MPH, Research Engineer, Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University
  • Christopher Russell, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University

Session 3 Groundbreaking Research from Rising Scientists

  • Amanda Dudek, PhD, Instructor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine)
  • Xiwei She, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
  • Leah Swartzrock, Life Science Professional II, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)
  • Feng Xie, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
  • Lulu Xing, PhD, Basic Life Research Scientist, Neurosurgery

Session 4: OMG Omics and Maternal and Child Health

  • Charles Gawad, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology), Stanford University
  • Roxana Daneshjou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Dermatology, Stanford University
  • Stephen Quake, DPhil, Head of Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Visionary Leadership Award

  • The annual MCHRI Visionary Leadership Award is a lifetime achievement award that spotlights individuals within the Stanford maternal and child health research community who have made long-lasting and impactful contributions.
  • This year's recipient is Ann Arvin, MD


The Symposium was in-person this year.
Video recordings will be available and distributed after the event.

Individuals with difficulty attending the event due to disability should contact the organizers at: