Northwestern Team Develops New Antibody Test for COVID-19

By Hilary Hurd Anyaso

As antibody testing ramps up across the country, Northwestern University researchers have developed a new method for testing for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) antibodies. The method requires only a single drop of blood collected from a simple finger prick.

A team of scientists, including biological anthropologist Thomas McDade, together with pharmacologist Alexis Demonbreun and investigators Dr. 

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RADAR Awarded $13.7 Million to Continue Study of Young Men Who Have Sex with Men, Trans Women, and Nonbinary Individuals

The RADAR study at Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) was recently awarded a $13.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the NIH. The award will allow RADAR to advance and expand its innovative research on HIV, relationships, and substance use among young men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and nonbinary individuals assigned male at birth in Chicago. Continue Reading ▶︎

Data from RADAR Study Now Available to Researchers Worldwide

Data from the RADAR study conducted at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is now available for public use through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) website.

RADAR is a longitudinal study of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), trans women, and gender nonconforming and nonbinary individuals assigned male at birth aged 16 to 29+. Continue Reading ▶︎

Lauren Beach Featured on Times Square Billboard for Bi Health Month

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) faculty member Lauren Beach, Ph.D., J.D., was featured prominently on a Times Square billboard promoting bisexual and pansexual health during February and March 2020.

“To make bisexual and pansexual people visible in downtown New York City, in Times Square, is to center our relevance,” said Beach. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Researchers Publish in Top Journals in 2020

Researchers at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) started 2020 with a notable array of publications in top journals. Since the beginning of the year, ISGMH faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff have authored papers in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Pediatrics, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and Archives of Sexual Behavior, among others. Continue Reading ▶︎

Michael Newcomb Edits Journal Section on Biomedical Interventions for Gay and Bisexual Men

Michael Newcomb, PhD, an Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) faculty member, co-edited the latest special section of the Archives of Sexual Behavior with Jonathan Rendina of Hunter College. The special section, titled “Social and Behavioral Science with Gay and Bisexual Men in the Era of Biomedical Prevention,” includes an introduction from Newcomb and four papers from ISGMH faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff. Continue Reading ▶︎

Postdoctoral Fellow Ethan Morgan Secures Tenure-Track Professorship at The Ohio State University

Ethan Morgan, PhD, completed a postdoctoral fellowship with ISGMH and started a new position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in January 2020. As part of Ohio State’s College of Nursing and Infectious Disease Institute, Morgan will continue the research he worked on while at ISGMH and will soon begin teaching students as well. Continue Reading ▶︎

Apply for a Network Canvas Internship through NIDA’s Summer Research Internship Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program is now accepting applications from undergraduate student interested in working with leading scientists on drug abuse and addiction research. Network Canvas, a project managed out of Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) in Chicago, is seeking an intern through the program. Continue Reading ▶︎