EDIT Director Named Co-Chair of the Getting to Zero Illinois Initiative’s Research, Data, and Evaluation Committee

Dr. Gregory Phillips II has been selected to lead the Research, Data, and Evaluation committee of the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. He will serve along with co-chairs Dr. John Schneider at the University of Chicago’s Center for HIV Elimination, Diana Lemos from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Nanette Benbow from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Carlos Gallo Presents Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture

Dr. Carlos Gallo recently presented “Analyzing linguistic style in text messages for an HIV prevention program” for ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series. Dr. Gallo spoke of the relationship between language expression and health outcomes while detailing the findings from his analysis of linguistic matching in Guy2Guy (G2G), an early IMPACT Program intervention. 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 ▶︎

ISGMH Highlighted in 2017 Northwestern Diversity and Inclusion Report

Northwestern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) recently released the 2017 Northwestern Diversity and Inclusion report detailing efforts to promote a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment at the university. ISGMH was highlighted among efforts to enrich the university through “education and training aimed at developing cultural competence and creating an environment which embraces differences.” The report applauded ISGMH’s far-reaching educational events, SGM-related grant funding, and multi-stall gender-neutral bathroom. Continue Reading ▶︎

Northwestern Featured in NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Portfolio Analysis

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) recently released their 2016 Portfolio Analysis summarizing the NIH’s 2016 investment in sexual and gender minority research in terms of disease area/health condition investigated, funding mechanisms, and research project location.

The analysis also reported research funding by institution. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Staff Present at Feinberg Research Day

Several ISGMH staff members recently presented posters at the 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day hosted by the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Research Day is a campus-wide event promoting professional and academic development by providing staff and faculty with a platform to showcase their emerging research.

With the support of ISGMH faculty, ten ISGMH staff members presented posters at Research Day:

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Paul at marla-paul@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8928

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

  • ‘My challenge is I have no idea what sex is really like for men, especially for gay men’
  • Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens
  • Parents need resources to help them overcome discomfort in discussing sexual health
  • Supportive relationship with parents is strong predictor of good health behaviors in all teens

CHICAGO — It’s hard enough for parents to have “the talk” about sexual health with their kids, but parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Speaking at Northwestern Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

On April 11th, Dr. Kathryn Macapagal will be speaking at Virginia Tarlow, M.D. Grand Rounds in the Northwestern Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She will present “Ethical issues in research and healthcare for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth” which will incorporate insights from several ISGMH studies related to ethics and SGM youth research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Co-Chairing NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Workshop

ISGMH director Dr. Brian Mustanski will be serving as a co-chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Workshop on Methods and Measures in SGM-Related Health: Developing a Research Agenda. Dr. Mustanski is co-chairing this workshop with Dr. Bryn Austin of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Continue Reading ▶︎