Dr. Karen Parker, director of the National Institutes of Health’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office, will present “Advancing Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research at NIH and Beyond” on Thursday, March 9, at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.
The talk is open to all members of the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center communities but requires an RSVP. Lunch will be served for those who attend.
Sexual and gender minority populations include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer and/or intersex, according to the NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office website.
The office was created in 2015 to:
- advance rigorous research on the health of sexual and gender minority populations in both the extramural and intramural research communities;
- expand sexual and gender minority health research by fostering partnerships and collaborations with a strategic array of internal and external stakeholders;
- foster a highly skilled and diverse workforce in sexual and gender minority health research; and
- encourage data collection related to sexual and gender minority populations in research and the health research workforce.
Parker began her work with the NIH in 2001 and has served as director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office since the summer of 2016. To read more about Parker and the office’s work, visit her “Director’s Voice Blog.”