Kathryn Macapagal Named Interim Associate Director of ISGMH

Kathryn Macapagal, Ph.D., has been named the interim associate director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University, effective August 2020. Macapagal is a research associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and one of ISGMH’s founding faculty members.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to lead ISGMH as we move into our fifth year as an institute,” said Macapagal. Continue Reading ▶︎

Kathryn Macapagal is Promoted to Research Associate Professor

Kathryn Macapagal, Ph.D., has been promoted to Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine effective September 1, 2020. Macapagal is the interim associate director and a faculty member at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), as well as in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine. Continue Reading ▶︎

Steven Thrasher Awarded Ford Foundation Creativity and Free Expression Grant

ISGMH faculty member Steven W. Thrasher, assistant professor and Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice reporting at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. The grant will support Thrasher’s research on viruses in society, his course on virus coverage in the media and the research for his forthcoming book, “The Viral Underclass,” which will be published by Celadon Books and Macmillan Publishing. Continue Reading ▶︎

Brian Mustanski Presents at NIH’s Inaugural Sexual and Gender Minority Scientific Webinar Series

ISGMH Director Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., presented the inaugural Scientific Webinar Series session hosted by the NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) on June 30. The presentation focused on health equity for sexual and gender minority (SGM) young people. Mustanski also spoke about how he became interested in SGM health research, his experiences as an early career researcher, and the work ISGMH conducts today. Continue Reading ▶︎

Antibody Testing Research Receives NSF RAPID Grant

By Hilary Hurd Anyaso

Northwestern University researchers have received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to generate scientific insights into the determinants of SARS-CoV-2 exposure with a minimally invasive approach to community-based serological testing.

This project is among the latest at Northwestern to receive a rapid research (RAPID) grant from the NSF, which has called for immediate proposals that have potential to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dennis Li Leads Webinar on Implementation Strategies

Last month, ISGMH faculty member and assistant professor Dennis Li, Ph.D., led a webinar on implementation strategies with Patrick Sullivan, M.D., of Emory University as part of the Implementation Science Consultation, Coordination and Collaboration Initiative (ISC3I). Geared toward project teams supported by ISC3I, the webinar may also be of interest to anyone designing and executing implementation research, especially in the field of HIV research. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling Against LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISMGH) at Northwestern University celebrates the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees. The 6-3 ruling states that the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 protects employees from being fired because of their gender or sexual orientation. Continue Reading ▶︎