Consortium for Universal Rh disease Elimination (CURhE)


CURhE Inaugural Meeting

Global Prevention of Rh Disease

We are convening an inaugural workshop-symposium for stakeholders and leaders in academia, public health, nongovernmental organizations, health policy, industry, and local communities to set a global standard for reducing the perinatal mortality rate and the burden of childhood neurological disabilities worldwide. We believe maternal child health services should make the prevention of perinatal Rh disease a priority.



Global implementation of well-documented prevention methods of Rh disease in order to reduce childhood neurological burden and perinatal deaths.


  • For every woman to know her blood type
  • For every Rh-negative woman to have unfettered prenatal access to counseling and prophylaxis
  • For the cost of Rh disease prevention to be embedded in existing prenatal and peripartum care, not to exceed $1 pp (adjusted to national population)




The Stanford Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94305

Founding Partners

  • Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (Alvin Zipursky)
  • Stanford University (Vinod K. Bhutani)
  • Federation of International Gynecologists & Obstetricians (invited)
    • CN Purandere, President
    • Gerard Visser, Chair Safe Motherhood Committee
  • International Pediatric Association (invited)
    • William Keenan, Executive Director
  • Kedrion Biopharma (Italy)
  • EldonCard Biologics, Inc. (Denmark)
  • Capnia, Inc. (USA)

Supported by an unrestricted grant from Lucile Packard Foundation of Children’s Health

Invited Stakeholders

  • India: Praveen Kumar (PGIMER) and Vinod K. Paul (AIIMS)
  • China: Lizhong Du
  • Japan: Ichiro Morioko
  • Argentina: Jorge Cesar Martinez
  • Brazil: Fernanda de Almeida
  • Ghana: Samuel Obed
  • Nigeria:
    • Angelo Okolo, Neonatal Society
    • Henry Akinbi at University of Cincinnati and colleagues at Abuja
  • Egypt: Nahdy Fahmy and colleagues
  • South Africa: Charles Ockwundu
  • Romania: Edward Bell (University of Iowa) and colleagues from Romania
  • Iraq: Numan Al-Hamdani
  • Australia: Karen New (Council of International Neonatal Nursing at Brisbane)
  • UCSF: Linda Franck, William Parer (USA)
  • D-Rev: Krista Donaldson (USA)
  • Saving Newborn Lives:
    • Joy Lawn (USA)
    • Hannah Blencowe (USA)
  • WHO: Anthony Costello (USA)
  • Industry:
    • Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association, USA
    • Bharat Serum Vaccines, India
  • Media Consultants: Richard Hendricks and Robert Fleck (USA)

Stanford Team

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
The Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics and Professor, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor (Teaching) of Pediatrics (Neonatology) and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Neonatal and Developmental Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Systems Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Biomedical Informatics Research
Sr Res Scientist-Basic Ls, Pediatrics - Neonatology

Judith Y. Hall (Communications)

Shruti Goutham (Project Lead, Web and Mobile)

Hospital for Sick Children Team

University of Siena