Director's Message - September 2021

September marks Women in Medicine month as we pay tribute to the amazing women in medicine and biomedical research at Stanford Medicine and worldwide. This month also marks a fresh new fiscal year.

As I reflect back on fiscal year 2021, I am grateful and proud of all we have accomplished as a community, despite all the challenges.

As I reflect back on fiscal year 2021, I am grateful and proud of all we have accomplished as a community, despite all the challenges. While our flagship grants programs have been a defining hallmark of MCHRI since its inception twelve years ago, we have invested heavily in recent years in infrastructure like the Clinical Research Support Office. MCHRI has also continued to fund partners like SPARK, Biodesign, Global Health, and other SoM centers and institutes. We encourage our members to explore funding through MCHRI and funded partnerships and access the Funding Calendar website.

Last year, we launched two new programs in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) space:

  • Pilot grants for research on structural racism and health disparities ($35K each) and a
  • Summer internship program for underrepresented minority undergraduates called DRIVE (Diversity in Research Is Vital for Excellence) in Research Pipeline.

The first DRIVE student cohort presented their research projects on August 25th after spending the summer working remotely with established MCHRI faculty mentors. We are especially grateful to all the mentors, the program team, and to all the donors of the LPFCH Children’s Fund which supports these DE&I programs.

Our 4th Annual MCHRI (virtual) Symposium is coming up on October 28th. Remember to submit an abstract by September 8th. This is one of the best ways to make connections with your colleagues, possibly ones that lead to new collaborations and eventual discoveries!

Stay safe and connected.   

Mary M. Chen, MS, MBA - Executive Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Assistant Dean for Maternal and Child Health Research, Stanford School of Medicine

This message originally appeared in the MCHRI Newsletter September 2021.


MCHRI Leadership

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE - Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Anthony Oro, MD, PhD - Co-Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology, Stanford School of Medicine; Associate Director, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine, Stanford University

David K. Stevenson, MD - Co-Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, Stanford School of Medicine 

Karl Sylvester, MD - Director of Clinical Research Support Office, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health Research and Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery), Stanford School of Medicine

Mary M. Chen, MS, MBA - Executive Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute; Assistant Dean for Maternal and Child Health Research, Stanford School of Medicine


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