Equality Advocate Billie Jean King to Give 195th Northwestern Commencement Speech

ISGMH is thrilled to share that Billie Jean King will deliver the Northwestern University commencement address on June 16, 2017

A long time advocate for equality and proponent of social change, Billie Jean King  is a founding board member of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and was in the first class of inductees in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. Continue Reading ▶︎

Brian Mustanski Highlighted in PBS Article Linking Same-Sex Marriage Laws to Reduction in Youth Suicide

PBS published an article on February 20th, 2017 that examined how same-sex marriage laws were linked to a drop in adolescent suicide. Citing analysis in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that in states where same-sex marriages were legalized (prior to the nationwide legalization in 2015), teen suicide attempts dropped by 7 percent. Continue Reading ▶︎

PBS Article Highlights Transgender Fertility Research

PBS recently published an article featuring the work of Drs. Teresa Woodruff, Courtney Finlayson, and Emilie Johnson, three faculty members associated with ISGMH. The article details the groundbreaking work being done to explore fertility options for transgender patients using cancer research. In addition, the article discusses the often taxing experiences of trans patients seeking options for fertility, including the effects of altering hormone therapy regimens, potentially enduring invasive and distressing medical procedures, and managing expensive costs.  Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Francesca Gaiba awarded Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity

Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and research associate professor of Medical Social Sciences was recently awarded a Provost Grant for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity. The Provost Grants fund projects that encourage a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate at Northwestern University. Continue Reading ▶︎

21st Century Cures Act Calls for Expanded NIH Focus on Sexual and Gender Minority Health

On December 13, 2016, H.R. 34 (also known as the 21st Century Cures Act) was overwhelmingly passed by the 114th Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill “cut[s] bureaucratic red tape that slows the progress of science.” [1] The 21st Century Cures Act helps reduce research delays stemming from the so called Paperwork Reduction Act, gives government scientists more ease in traveling to meetings to learn about recent findings, and increases support for data sharing among NIH sponsored research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Speaks at Northwestern Faculty Affairs Symposium

Gregory Phillips II, Ph.D., 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 spoke today at the Northwestern Faculty Affairs Symposium, an event designed to allow faculty affair colleagues, administrators, faculty members, and university leaders to explore topics related to diversity, inclusion, and supporting faculty. Continue Reading ▶︎

Funding Opportunity: NIH Administrative Supplements for Research on SGM Populations

The following new funding opportunity allows investigators with active NIH awards to request an administrative supplement providing up to $100,000 in additional funding to answer additional meaningful scientific questions about their existing research that relate to Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) populations.

Supplements can be for grants that currently have an SGM focus that could be expanded or for projects that do not have an SGM focus but are studying a health issue relevant to the SGM population and could be expanded to include SGM participants as a sub-group. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Spring 2017 Internship Application Deadline Extended

We are extending our internship application deadline to Monday, January 16th, 2017!

ISGMH interns have the opportunity to hone research skills, learn from distinguished faculty and mentors, attend educational events, and contribute to a growing Institute dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals.

ISGMH is currently seeking interns for four projects. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Speaks at UCLA on HIV Prevention

This September, Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; Tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern spoke as an invited guest in the UCLA CFAR/AIDS Institute Grand Rounds lecture series. Dr. Mustanski gave a presentation entitled “Harnessing technology to revitalize HIV prevention in the lab and the community,” where he highlighted ISGMH research aimed at using technology to inform HIV prevention efforts. Continue Reading ▶︎