ISGMH Staff Present at Feinberg Research Day

Several ISGMH staff members recently presented posters at the 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day hosted by the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Research Day is a campus-wide event promoting professional and academic development by providing staff and faculty with a platform to showcase their emerging research.

With the support of ISGMH faculty, ten ISGMH staff members presented posters at Research Day:

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

  • ‘My challenge is I have no idea what sex is really like for men, especially for gay men’
  • Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens
  • Parents need resources to help them overcome discomfort in discussing sexual health
  • Supportive relationship with parents is strong predictor of good health behaviors in all teens

CHICAGO — It’s hard enough for parents to have “the talk” about sexual health with their kids, but parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Kathryn Macapagal Speaking at Northwestern Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

On April 11th, Dr. Kathryn Macapagal will be speaking at Virginia Tarlow, M.D. Grand Rounds in the Northwestern Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She will present “Ethical issues in research and healthcare for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth” which will incorporate insights from several ISGMH studies related to ethics and SGM youth research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Co-Chairing NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Workshop

ISGMH director Dr. Brian Mustanski will be serving as a co-chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Workshop on Methods and Measures in SGM-Related Health: Developing a Research Agenda. Dr. Mustanski is co-chairing this workshop with Dr. Bryn Austin of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Collaborates Across Multiple Departments in Transgender Fertility Study

ISGMH faculty members Dr. Brian Mustanski and Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, as well as research coordinator Maggie Matson, recently co-authored a paper for the Journal of Adolescent Health titled “Attitudes Toward Fertility and Reproductive Health Among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents.” The paper expands current knowledge about the reproductive desires of transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) adolescents who may experience infertility following gender-affirming medical care. Continue Reading ▶︎

Drs. Brian Feinstein and Lauren Beach Featured by the Bisexual Resource Center

ISGMH research assistant professor Dr. Brian Feinstein and ISGMH postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Lauren Beach were recently featured on the Bisexual Resource Center’s website.

In a research spotlight piece commemorating Bisexual Health Awareness Month, both Dr. Feinstein and Dr. Beach were invited to discuss their research findings and future plans as they relate to bisexual health. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ethan Morgan Receives NIH National Research Service Award

We are delighted to announce that ISGMH postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ethan Morgan, has been awarded the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship. This fellowship offers the opportunity to receive full-time postdoctoral research training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

At ISGMH, Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on understanding the longitudinal epidemiology of HIV among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Faculty Contributes to CDPH’s LGBTQ Health Report

On March 26, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) released the “Healthy Chicago Databook: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health” report, which provides a comprehensive view of sexual and gender minority health in Chicago. In recent years, Mayor Emanuel has taken steps to improve health equity for Chicago’s LGBT community, which comprises 7.5% of the city’s population. Continue Reading ▶︎