Advancing research to solve the greatest health challenges facing pregnant women and children.

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Morning Session

8:30am-8:45am - Opening Remarks 

  • Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Director, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute
  • Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Rick Majzun, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
  • Cynthia Brandt, PhD, President & CEO, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

8:45am-9:45am - Welcome Introductions & Keynote Address
Moderator: Anthony Oro, MD, PhD, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute

  • David A. Williams, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Boston Children's Hospital; Flipping the Switch on Fetal Globin in Sickle Cell Disease: from GWAS to Therapeutics

9:45am-10:45am - Session 1: Foundation in Cell and Gene Therapy in Maternal and Child Health
Moderators: Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD, Pediatrics; Melissa Mavers, MD, PhD, Pediatrics

  • Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Using the blood to treat the brain: Engineering the hematopoietic system to treat non-hematological diseases
  • Adam Wilkinson, PhD, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine; Ex vivo expansion of functional hematopoietic stem cells: towards new paradigms for cell and gene therapy
  • Kristy Red-Horse, PhD, Biology, Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences; Coronary vessels and congenital heart defects

10:45am-11:30am - VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION #1

11:30am-12:30pm - Session 2: Scientific Advances in Diversity, Health Equity, and Social Justice 
Moderators: Trung Pham, MD, PhD, Pediatrics; Venkatesh Krishnan, PhD, Obstetrics & Gynecology 

  • Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Diversity of children and the need for transformative pediatrics
  • Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Stanford School of Medicine; Extending the reach towards equity and inclusion: Reconceptualizing maternal and child health research for people of all genders and sexual orientations
  • Ananta Addala, DO, MPH, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Provider bias in health care provision: The pediatric diabetes inequity story

12:30pm-1:15pm - VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION #2

1:15pm-1:50pm - Break

Afternoon Session

1:50pm-2:00pm -  Visionary Leadership Award
Moderator: Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute

2:00pm-2:45pm - Session 3: MCHRI Early Career Investigators and Trainees
Moderators: Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH, Pediatrics; David K. Stevenson, MD, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute

  • Kevin Contrepois, PhD, Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine; Prediction of gestational age using urinary metabolites in term and preterm pregnancies
  • Ina Stelzer, PhD, Anesthesiology, Perioperative, & Pain Medicine; Stanford School of Medicine; Integrated trajectories of the maternal metabolome, proteome, and immunome predict the onset of labor
  • Victoria Ward, MD, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Evaluation of a large-scale maternal and child health program in Bihar, India through an equity lens
  • Sharon Paige, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with impaired contractility in hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Mark Wilkes, PhD, Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Metformin upregulates miR-26a to improve erythropoiesis in preclinical models of Diamond Blackfan Anemia through suppression of NLK expression

2:45pm-3:30pm -  VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION #3

3:30pm-4:30pm - Session 4: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Innovations in School-Age Learning 
Moderators: Anthony Oro, MD, PhD; Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, Pediatrics and Medicine

  • Household and School Transmission of COVID-19: Impact on Children and Families
    • Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD, Pediatrics and Health Research and Policy, Stanford School of Medicine

  • SARS-CoV-2 and Schools: Challenges, Controversies, and Solutions
    • C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD, Pediatrics and Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine
    • Lee Sanders, MD, MPH, Pediatrics and Health Research and Policy, Stanford School of Medicine
    • Amy R Gerstein, PhD, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford Graduate School of Education




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