Director's Message - July 2021

This month marks the end of an unprecedented academic year, marked by the near total shut-down of our research enterprise due to the pandemic compounded by social unrest as we confronted racism across our society. The MCHRI community responded with dedication and passion, reviewing and awarding a record number of grants, and establishing multiple new grant mechanisms. We are indebted to our 110 volunteer reviewers and study section chairs who participated in 16 review sessions over the last year. 

The MCHRI community responded with dedication and passion, reviewing and awarding a record number of grants, and establishing multiple new grant mechanisms.

Since last July, we have launched multiple new programs. These include two rounds of grants to fund research on the impact of racism and social injustice on maternal and child health, a summer research program, DRIVE, to increase the pipeline of diverse young scientists engaged in maternal and child health research, and a new research program in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. We extend our congratulations to all of the recipients of these meritorious awards.
 
MCHRI provides many opportunities to engage with our community. We encourage our members to learn more about DRIVE and attend the poster presentations on August 25. Please consider volunteering to serve as a grant reviewer across our many funding mechanisms. Importantly, we look forward to the MCHRI Symposium on October 28 and encourage our members to submit abstracts for the meeting. 

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

This message originally appeared in the MCHRI Newsletter July 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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