Dr. Michelle Birkett Joins NICO Executive Committee

Dr. Michelle Birkett, Director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Program at ISGMH, has been elected to the Northwestern Institute on Complex Networks (NICO) Executive Committee. NICO’s mission is to serve as a hub and facilitator for path-breaking and relevant research in the area of complexity science transcending the boundaries of established disciplines. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michael Newcomb Receives R01 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to Study Couples-Based HIV Prevention in Young Men

Dr. Michael Newcomb, Associate Director for Scientific Development at ISGMH and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, has been awarded an R01 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study HIV prevention with young male couples. The five-year study, “Efficacy of Couples-Based HIV Prevention in Vulnerable Young Men” will be a randomized controlled trial of the 2GETHER program, an innovative couples-based intervention for young same-sex male couples that was developed through formative research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Named a Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern


Gregory Phillips II, PhD, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing was recently named a Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University.

El Dr. Brian Mustanski Recibe 9.3 Millones en Financiamiento de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud para un Proyecto de Prevención de VIH Mediante el Uso de Plataformas Electrónicas

El Dr. Brian Mustanski, catedrático en Ciencias Sociomédicas, Psiquiatría, Ciencias de la Conducta y Psicología en Northwestern University, Director del Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing y Co-Director del Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, recibió $9.3 millones en fondos para crear intervenciones dirigidas a prevenir el VIH entre hombres adolescentes que tienen sexo con hombres (HASH). Continue Reading ▶︎

Windy City Times Article with Dr. Mustanski Highlights State of LGBT Health Research

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, and Karen Parker, Ph.D., director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office at the National Institutes of Health, sat down with Windy City Times to discuss the state of LGBT health research during Dr. Parker’s recent visit to Northwestern University. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH to Hold Inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium on August 18

On August 18, 2016, the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University will host an inaugural “State of LGBT Health Symposium,” bringing together researchers, policy makers, community-based organizations, and members of the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to discuss the intersection of research and policy related to LGBT health. Continue Reading ▶︎

Health Disparities Article by ISGMH Scholar Elizabeth McConnell Featured by Society for Research on Adolescence

The Society for Research on Adolescence recently featured an article titled “Health Disparities Research with LGBTQ Youth” by Elizabeth McConnell, M.A., graduate student and scholar at the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH).

In the first part of the feature article, Ms. McConnell describes how her personal experiences inform her research on social support and wellbeing for LGBTQ youth. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Francesca Gaiba on the Importance of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research in “Diverse Issues in Higher Education” Article

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director of ISGMH and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern, emphasized the importance of research related to sexual and gender minority health in a new article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education entitled “Health Researchers Hone In on Sexual and Gender Minority Issues.”

NIDA Grant to Study Dyadic Influences on Risk Behavior among Young MSM Awarded to Dr. Brian Feinstein

Dr. Brian Feinstein, Postdoctoral Scholar at ISGMH and the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, was awarded an F32 grant through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) titled “Dyadic influences on HIV risk behavior and substance abuse among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and their partners.”

Third Coast CFAR Core Subsidy Grant to Study Meningitis Vaccination Uptake among MSM Awarded to Dr. Gregory Phillips II

Dr. Gregory Phillips II, Director of Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program in ISGMH and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, and Dr. Amy Johnson, Director of Research, Evaluation and Data Services at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) were awarded a core subsidy grant through the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) entitled “Diffusion of information in networks of MSM to increase awareness and acceptability of vaccination programs.”

Since 2015, a sustained outbreak of Serogroup C Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) has affected MSM in the Chicago area, with a total of 10 confirmed cases and 1 death. Continue Reading ▶︎