7th Annual MCHRI Symposium
Thursday, October 24, 2024
Li Ka Shing Center


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 focuses on issues in medical communication and community trust, and future issues and methodologies to measure and evaluate medical information communication. Despite the pace of current medical advances, trust in medical science and institutions has reached a crossroads due to sheer volume of available validated and non-validated information and the rhetoric and polarization surrounding communication that blurs the distinction between the two (Leonard 2021). In addition, concerns regarding conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, and patient privacy have eroded patient trust in validated information. 

This event was free and open to all. 

Symposium Sessions

Poster Session

  • Abstract submission coming soon!

Hurdles in the Generation of Pediatric and Maternal Information: How to Get Data Encoded Correctly and Unbiased

  • Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Informatics Research, and Biomedical Data Science, and Director of the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging (AIMI Center), Stanford University
  • Natalie Pageler, MD, Chief Health Information Officer, Stanford Medicine Children's Health
  • Stephanie Leonard, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University
  • Lilian Sung, MD, PhD, Canada Research Chair, Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children

Safely Translating Maternal and Child Health Data

  • Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS, System Chief Medical Officer & Chief Digital Officer, UC San Diego Health
  • Michelle Mello, MPhil, JD, PhD, Professor of Law and and Policy, Stanford University
  • Kristyn Beam, MD, MPH, Neonatologist, Boston Children's Hospital

Information and Dysinformation: Messaging to the Community

  • Sunny Liu, PhD, Director of Research, Stanford Social Media Lab
  • Alex Mahadevan, Director of MediaWise, Poynter Institute 
  • Alok Patel, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University
  • Sara Cody, MD, Health Officer and Public Health Director, County of Santa Clara

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.


The Symposium is 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: mneta@stanford.edu