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Stanford’s Childx conference begins today

baby-105063_1920The two-day Childx conference on maternal and infant health kicks off this morning. You can follow it on Twitter @StanfordMed, where we'll be live tweeting most of the event. The hashtag is #StanfordChildx.

In its second year, the conference is designed to bring together leaders in the field of maternal and infant health to tackle real-world problems and share ideas.

Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, will welcome attendees this morning at 8 a.m., followed by:

  • a session on "Conception and Early Development," moderated by Stanford's Chris Sontag, PhD, a professor of pediatrics, radiology and of microbiology and immunology and one of the event's organizers.
  • a talk from keynote speaker Michael Lu, MD, associate administrator of maternal and child health at the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An obstetrician and gynecologist, Lu is known for his excellence in teaching and his research on racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.
  • a panel on "Development to Term," moderated by Stanford's Yasser El-Sayed, MD, obstetrician-in-chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
  • a panel on preterm birth moderated by Stanford's David Stevenson, MD, a professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services.
  • a session on "Technological Advancements in Perinatal Care" featuring speakers from Verily, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford Medicine and Materna Medical.

Friday's highlights include a session on "Microbes and Pregnancy," moderated by Stanford's Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatrics and of health research and policy, and a panel featuring talks focused on child care, the role of the local community and methods to improve child well-being. That panel will be moderated by Gary Darmstadt, MD, associate dean for maternal and child health.

The conference wraps up with a keynote speech from Peter Singer, MD, chief executive officer of Grand Challenges Canada, an organization that leverages governmental and venture-capital funding to address global health challenges. We previewed Singer's talk in this Q&A.

Previously: Countdown to Childx: Global health expert Peter Singer talks about saving kids' brains, Countdown to Childx: Talking Zika with a Stanford infectious disease expert, Countdown to Childx: Previewing the "epicenter of innovation" for expectant moms and children and Registration opens for Stanford's Childx conference
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