Michelle Birkett Awarded Grant to Use Simulation to Understand Health Disparities

A new R01 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) was awarded to Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., of Northwestern University. Birkett is an Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) faculty member and director of the Institute’s CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program. Continue Reading ▶︎

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 ▶︎

Brian Feinstein on Nuance and Resilience in Bisexual Male Youth Health Research

Brian Feinstein, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). Feinstein’s research focuses on understanding and reducing the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations, especially bisexual and other non-monosexual individuals. He is currently the principal investigator on the Bi+ Youth Project at ISGMH. Continue Reading ▶︎

Former ISGMH Research Fellow Liz McConnell Wins Dissertation Award

Liz McConnell, Ph.D., who completed a research fellowship with ISGMH in 2018, was awarded the Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness by the Society for Community Research and Action, a division of the American Psychological Association.

In her dissertation, “Race-Related Social Contextual Factors, Substance Use, and HIV Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Chicago,” McConnell sought to increase understanding of the many drivers responsible for the disproportionate impact of HIV among Black young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

Christina Dyar on the Importance of Intersectional Approaches to Bisexual Health

Christina Dyar, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). Dyar’s research focuses on understanding and reducing health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority populations, especially sexual minority women and bisexual individuals. In this Q&A, Dyar discusses the limited amount of research on bisexual health, how stigma impacts health, and the importance of utilizing intersectional research approaches to evaluate bi+ health. 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 ▶︎