MCHRI Scholar Stories

MCHRI scholar shows how exercise training delivered via video conferencing helps kids improve their cardiovascular health

By Laura Hedli

Seda Tierney, MD, associate professor of pediatric cardiology and the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Faculty Scholar, shows how telehealth exercise interventions are feasible and effective for pediatric cardiac patients. Read more >


MCHRI fuels diverse research through partnership with Stanford Diabetes Research Center

By Laura Hedli

Since 2016, MCHRI has partnered with the Stanford Diabetes Research Center (SDRC) to fund projects related to maternal and child health. By establishing an institutional commitment early on, SDRC has dramatically expanded by obtaining impactful federal funding and is supporting a wide array of projects in maternal and child health.


Transdisciplinary approach to modeling heart mechanics

By Laura Hedli

Led by Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Bioengineering Alison Marsden, PhD, MCHRI TIP awardees combine mechanical and computational modeling with clinical data, leading to insights about pulmonary valve dysfunction. 


5 Questions with Stanford's Preeclampsia Research Team

By Roxanna Van Norman

Lead by Co-PIs Drs. Virginia Winn, MD, PhD & Mark Hlatky, MD along with members from 12 Stanford Departments, this team recently received a $6 million grant from the NHLBI to study the connections between preeclampsia in pregnant women and heart diseases in later life.


Broad range of MCHRI awards support Faculty Scholar to understand and combat arboviral disease

By Laura Hedli

MCHRI Faculty Scholar A. Desiree LaBeaud, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics, is looking at the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections affecting children and pregnant women. 


How MCHRI supports research for clinician educator to improve the quality of care for patients and their families

By Roxanna Van Norman

MCHRI awarded Annette Nasr, RN, PhD, the Clinician Educator Grant to support her study in living donation and the long-term emotional and relationship impact for both the donor and the recipient. 


How MCHRI is investing in research to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use

By Laura Hedli

Teen vaping is on the rise and researchers are searching for solutions to reduce and prevent tobacco use. MCHRI is supporting investigators to research the effects of e-cigarettes on the brain and body and to provide resources aimed at preventing the use of tobacco and nicotine among youth. 


MCHRI provides support and ‘second set of eyes’ for investigator to make an impact in maternal health research

By Roxanna Van Norman

MCHRI awarded Stephanie Leonard, PhD, a postdoctoral fellowship and provided critical feedback during the review process to study the rise of pre-pregnancy health and cesarean delivery and the rise of life-threatening pregnancy complications.


Faculty Scholars explore impact of community-based intervention in the Tenderloin

By Laura Hedli

Can teaching growth mindset to parents help alter their children's behavior and learning? Irene Loe, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Claudia Mueller, MD, associate professor of pediatric surgery, aim to find out in their collaborative research project based at a Bay Area elementary school.


Faculty Scholar shares experience in the Eureka program for translational medicine

By Roxanna Van Norman

The CHRI sponsored several Stanford faculty, including hematologist/oncologist Anupama Narla, MD, to attend a seven-day course in translational medicine at the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine in Siracusa, Italy.


Faculty Scholars lead the way in advancing pediatric cancer cellular therapy program

By Laura Hedli

Pediatric hematologist/oncologists and CHRI Faculty Scholars, Kara Davis, DO, and Norman Lacayo, MD, are leading the way in developing cancer cellular therapy programs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to help patients, like Jesus Sanchez-Romero, receive life-saving treatments.


CHRI awardees Ricardo Dolmetsch and Sergiu Pasca venture into the emerging field of molecular psychiatry 

By Laura Hedli

Neuroscientists Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, and Sergiu Pasca, MD, each received funding from the CHRI early on to help support their collaborative and innovative work in understanding the development of human brain disorders.


The long-term vision in science: Faculty Scholar finds her Eureka moment as a translational scientist 

By Roxanna Van Norman

Psychiatrist and behavioral scientist Manpreet Singh, MD, MS, shares her journey as translational researcher and the impact of the multiple awards she has received from the CHRI in her work, including the most recent opportunity to attend an intensive course at the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine in Siracusa, Italy. 


CHRI Faculty Scholars team up to transform the science and treatment of concussion 

By Laura Hedli

David Camarillo, PhD and Gerald Grant, MD are among the nation’s foremost concussion experts and teaming up to transform the science and treatment of head injuries. They are CHRI Faculty Scholars and have received several grants towards concussion-specific research efforts. 


Transformative Science Requires Risk

By Laura Hedli

Michelle Monje, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar and recipient of several Child Health Research Institute grants, takes a dynamic approach to studying brain tumor growth and potential treatments.


Building successful futures:  CHRI Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program awardee investigates the health of immigrant families and children

By Laura Hedli 

Fernando Mendoza, a professor of pediatrics and the primary investigator on a CHRI Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP) grant, explores the health and well-being of children in immigrant families in California, as well as the impact of federal, state, and local policies on health outcomes.