Network Canvas Participating in NIDA’s Summer Research Internship Program (Apply by 2/11)

Network Canvas is one of the research projects participating in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Summer Research Internship Program. This program introduces undergraduate students to the field of drug abuse and addiction research through paid internship placements across the country. The internship program is open to all undergraduate applicants, but places priority on recruiting students who are part of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Continue Reading ▶︎

Announcing the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition Winners

ISGMH is dedicated to fostering innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve sexual and gender minority (SGM) health and wellbeing. This summer, ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program launched the Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition to stimulate student research at the intersection of data science and SGM health equity. Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were invited to submit papers for the competition. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett attends the first New Voices meeting

In September, Dr. Michelle Birkett participated in the first meeting of the New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine cohort. Dr. Birkett is of eighteen science, engineering and medicine (SEM) leaders who were carefully selected for the New Voices initiative. In the next two years, the cohort will attend a series of meetings with a senior advisory committee and will offer their perspectives on some of the most complex challenges facing the nation and the world.  Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Selected for the New Voices Cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

We are pleased to announce that ISGMH’s Dr. Michelle Birkett, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and director of the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program, has been appointed to the National Academies’ New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cohort. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Continue Reading ▶︎

Call for Submissions: Data Science & SGM Health Equity Paper Competition

ISGMH’s CONNECT Research Program is holding a competition to encourage student research at the intersection of data science and health equity in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Three winners will be selected to receive a $500 prize, have their work highlighted in ISGMH’s marketing materials, and an opportunity to present their work at ISGMH in late 2018. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michelle Birkett Speaks at All of Us Research Program Launch

Dr. Michelle Birkett was recently invited to speak at the Chicago launch event for the All of Us Research Program.

In her remarks, Dr. Birkett emphasized the importance of involving communities in research, especially given the historical lack of sexual and gender minorities represented in research. Dr. Birkett highlighted the potential impact of this research, explaining that asking research participants about their sexual orientation and gender identity allows researchers to collect data that can be used to develop community resources to alleviate existing health disparities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Network Canvas Hosts Interactive Open House

Network Canvas recently welcomed researchers, students, and academics to their Open House on March 27th. Guests enjoyed short presentations from key project leaders while having the opportunity to demo Network Canvas software on various devices. Project leaders made themselves available to answer questions about the software’s design, functionality, and data collection methodology. Continue Reading ▶︎

CONNECT Publication Featured by the Society for Community Research and Action

A CONNECT publication was recently featured on the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) website. Written by Liz McConnell, an NRSA predoctoral fellow with ISGMH, and Ashley Simons-Rudolph, the post details findings from a CONNECT paper exploring multiple minority stress and community resilience in marginalized groups. Informed by minority stress and intersectionality theories, the paper found sexual minority men of color, especially Black men, experience racial stigma in LGBT spaces as well as LGBT stigma in their communities. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Bálint Néray Awarded Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award

Dr. Bálint Néray, ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, was recently awarded a Postdoc Professional Development Travel Award from the Graduate School at Northwestern University. Dr. Néray will use the award this summer to travel to the 2018 Sunbelt Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he will present a talk titled “Inferring the organizing principles of young men who have sex with men from combining many sex-reports.”

Congratulations, Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎