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  • Shivani Gaiha

    Shivani Gaiha

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Adolescent Medicine

    Bio Shivani is a postdoctoral research fellow in Prof. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher?s lab, focusing on adolescents' risky behaviors, especially patterns of use and perceptions about electronic cigarettes, new tobacco products and other substances.

    Through her Ph.D., Shivani developed and evaluated an arts-based educational program to reduce mental-health-related stigma in India. The program had a large, significant and positive effect on participants - they desired greater social proximity to people living with mental health problems. Her interdisciplinary Ph.D. research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was supported by the PHFI-UKC Wellcome Trust Capacity Strengthening Award (2014-18). In 2017, she received the LSHTM Public Engagement Small Grant to strengthen school teachers? understanding of mental health problems, which resulted in a monthly column in a popular educational magazine, reaching approximately 40,000 Indian teachers every month.

    Previously, Shivani designed, implemented and evaluated health communication and behavior change initiatives at the Public Health Foundation of India from 2008-2014. She is especially passionate about designing educational public health programs to break silences around contentious public health issues, using participatory media and entertainment-education.

  • Rodrigo Galindo

    Rodrigo Galindo

    Bio Rodrigo Galindo manages technology and supports research and education for simulation programs at the Center for Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education (CAPE) (http://cape.stanford.edu) within the School of Medicine/Pediatrics/Neonatology division. He also assists with collaborative quality improvement initiatives between CAPE and the departments of Labor & Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lucile Packard Children?s Hospital.

    Prior to joining CAPE, Rodrigo was Senior Director, Special Projects and IT Director for over 15 years at several flagship pediatric subacute facilities: Children?s Recovery Center (CRC), Sub-Acute Saratoga Children?s Hospital (SASH), and Scribbles and Giggles Pediatric Day Health Center (collectively known as Pediatric Recovery Network). Through his tenure he also trained staff in and managed clinical IT and biomedical technology. A notable accomplishment included implementation of Masimo Patient Safety Net (PSN), a centralized and remote monitoring system for pulse oximetry, at CRC and SASH.

    Rodrigo has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (emphasis in Adapted Physical Activity) from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Through his professional work at CAPE and in the community through The Medically Fragile Children?s Foundation of Northern California, Rodrigo continues to be an advocate for advancing programs that not only improve the quality of life, but the quality of childhood for children who have severe medical needs and require medical technology to sustain life.

  • M Carolina Gallego Iradi

    M Carolina Gallego Iradi

    Thymus Research Assistant, Pediatrics - Ped Stem Cell Transplantation

    Bio ? In October 2017 my previous research related to Alzheimer's signs in dolphins got worldwide recognition appearing in tv and newspapers from all around the world such Newsweek, The Times, CBS, Discover, The Chicago Post, Los Angeles Times, Nature, National Geographic Italy (2018) and more. I recently joined to Stanford University (Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine).

    ? My initial training focused on marine biology, with special emphasis on trace metal pollution. This work, which involved collaborations with different governmental, private (as Venezuelan Oil Company) and University entities (national and international), was well recognized in Venezuela where I received a merit award by the Town Hall of Porlamar (Margarita Island).

    ? After graduation, I obtained a fellowship to enroll in a Master Degree program in Waste Management at the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia (Spain). My performance in this program allowed me to obtain a very prestigious Biomedicine fellowship (one awarded in all of Latin America) from the Santander-Central-Hispano Bank to begin a PhD in Genetics and Development related to Neuroscience at Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).

    ? My PhD studies focused on comparative pathology, demonstrating pathology similar to Alzheimer's Disease in dogs and cetaceans. After a few years of work in academia in Venezuela, I obtained an opportunity to become a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida (USA).

    ? In 2014, I transferred to the Department of Neuroscience to work with Drs. David Borchelt. Since this time, my work has focused on understanding how mutations in Matrin 3 cause ALS and myopathy. In 2016, I was promoted to an entry level faculty position (Assistant Scientist) in the Department of Neuroscience and my goal includeded the use of techniques in genetics,, cellular biology and chemistry to develop a research program that spans basic science to pharmacological application in neuromuscular disorders.

  • Hayley Gans

    Hayley Gans

    Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests The focus of my laboratory is the immune response to viral vaccines evaluating the ontogeny of responses in infants and limitations in immunocompromised hosts. We have studied responses to an early two-dose measles immunization, one versus 2 doses of varicella immunization, and polio vaccine in preterm versus term infants. Other active areas of research include measles and varicella immunity in HIV infected individuals, and transplant recipients.

  • Manuel Garcia-Careaga

    Manuel Garcia-Careaga

    Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Gastroenterology, liver disease in cystic fibrosis patients, percutaneous gastrostomy tube in pediatric population, inflamatory bowel disease, failure to thrive

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