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. 

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ISGMH’s Dr. Brian Feinstein and Dr. Lauren Beach Instrumental to Improving Bisexual Visibility in Chicago

This past week has been one of unprecedented triumph for Chicago’s bisexual community, as the Office of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel has issued a proclamation to officially recognize September 23 as Chicago’s “International Day of Bisexual Visibility.” This historical milestone marks the first time Chicago has officially commemorated a day in recognition and support of bisexual communities.

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ISGMH Celebrates Intersectionality at its 2018 State of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium

“People can’t change who they are. Let’s focus on social processes such as discrimination and stigma — things we can change.” This was Dr. Lisa Bowleg’s call to action at ISGMH’s third annual State of Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium. Dr. Bowleg was the keynote speaker at the Symposium, which focused on illuminating the intersecting identities and experiences of racial minorities and sexual and gender minorities.

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Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Receives 2018 Administrative Supplement Award

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, director of the Social Media Working Group at ISGMH and research assistant professor at Northwestern, has been selected by the NIH’s Office of AIDS Research as a 2018 Administrative Supplement Awardee. Dr. Macapagal received the grant for her research on adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM)’s perspectives on novel biomedical HIV prevention approaches.

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Online HIV Prevention Program Receives $8.8 Million NIH Grant To Put Research Into Practice

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Keep It Up! leads the way in scaling up eHealth in real-world settings

 CHICAGO — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to Keep It Up!, a novel online HIV prevention program that successfully reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men by 40 percent.

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ISGMH Study Finds that Diabetes Risk Is Higher Among LGBQ Teens than Heterosexual Teens

A new  study by Dr. Lauren Beach, a postdoctoral fellow at ISGMH, has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth are more likely than heterosexual youth are to develop Type 2 diabetes, be obese, and engage in sedentary activities. The study, which was published by the journal Pediatric Diabetes, examines how minority stress experienced by LGBQ youth can contribute to stress-linked coping behaviors that lead to poor physical health.

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How Do Gay and Bisexual Men Feel about Their Privacy When Using Apps? Not Great.

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Press Release


Dr. H. Jonathon Rendina (hrendina@hunter.cuny.edu)
Dr. Brian Mustanski (brian@northwestern.edu)

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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook had provided a political firm with personal data on hundreds of millions of users.

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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.

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