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Registration opens for Stanford’s Childx conference

Registration is now open for the second annual Childx conference, a TED-style meeting focused on inspiring innovation in pediatric and maternal health. The conference will bring thought leaders from several disciplines to the Stanford campus on April 21 and 22 to discuss "Designing Solutions for Maternal and Infant Health." This year's theme launches a four-year rotational Life Course program that will emphasize a different stage of childhood at each Childx conference through 2019.

The conference sessions will cover a wide variety of topics in maternal health, pregnancy and infant and child well-being, including:

  • conception and early development
  • development to term
  • born too soon
  • innovations in perinatal research
  • microbes and pregnancy
  • thriving in a changing environment

Featured guests include Michael Lu, MD, a maternal and child health expert with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; global health innovator Peter Singer, MD, the chief executive officer of Grand Challenges Canada; Alan Guttmacher, MD, the former director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, now with the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children; and Christina Bethell, PhD, professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a large cast of Stanford stars.

With broad and deep clinical and research expertise in topics ranging from infertility and high-risk pregnancy to the biology of preterm birth and the effects of prematurity on children's development, Stanford's experts are particularly strong on the topics addressed by this year's theme.

The conference, sponsored by Stanford's Child Health Research Institute, will welcome maternal and child health researchers, clinicians, investors, industry experts and interested community members. Registration is free for Stanford affiliates.

Comprehensive materials from last year's inaugural Childx conference are available online and include videos of several presentations and interviews with featured experts.

Previously: Rajiv Shah discusses efforts to end preventable child deaths worldwide at Childx, Pediatric nephrologist Mary Leonard discusses bone health in children with chronic diseases at Childx and "It's not just science fiction anymore": Childx speakers talk stem cell and gene therapy
Photo by Liz Randall

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