ISGMH: Expanding the Scope of SGM Research

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is committed to researching and understanding more about sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, especially those who are underrepresented in research. While ISGMH has long been—and continues to be—a leader in HIV research among men who have sex with men (MSM), the Institute’s research now encompasses other SGM groups and health and wellness concerns. Continue Reading ▶︎

HIV Prevention Research by Drs. Mustanski and Phillips Featured in Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research News

Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) recently highlighted an article published in AIDS and Behavior by researchers including Gregory Phillips II, Ph.D., Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program in the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and principal investigator Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health. 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 ▶︎

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 ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Awarded $9.3 Million in NIH Funding for eHealth HIV Prevention Project

Dr. Brian Mustanski, Tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University; Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; and Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, has been awarded $9.3 million from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to for an innovative study of eHealth interventions to prevent HIV among adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Discusses Educating Young People About HIV on WBEZ Morning Shift

Listen to Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, be interviewed by Tony Serabia on WBEZ’s Morning Shift about educating young people on HIV.

You can listen to the interview on WBEZ’s website.  Continue Reading ▶︎

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.” Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Michael Newcomb Awarded R01 from NICHD to Study Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults

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 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for a study titled “Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults.” Continue Reading ▶︎

IMPACT Youth Advisory Council Member Eric Amaya Named One of “30 Under 30”

The Windy City Times named Eric Amaya as one of the best and brightest “30 Under 30” individuals in Chicago’s LGBTQQIA+ youth community. Mr. Amaya is a member of the IMPACT Program’s Youth Advisory Council, where he provides input on research and programming for LGBT youth, and works at CALOR, a division of Anixter Center, where he provides free HIV testing. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Discusses Blood Donations for MSM in the Chicago Reader

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many members of the LGBT community were eager to donate blood, only to learn that the FDA’s ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men had not been lifted. Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, discussed this issue in the Chicago Reader article “Orlando shooting renews debate on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.” Continue Reading ▶︎