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Walter Bockting, PhD, joins Institute of Medicine LBGT health committee

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Bockting-IOM-BP.jpgThe Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, a resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues, has appointed Walter Bockting, PhD, to a new project that will focus on health care and medical research for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The IOM selects only the top medical scientists for its committee work and membership. Bockting is an associate professor and the coordinator of Transgender Health Services at PHS.

The IOM committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities will assess the state of the science on the health status of LGBT populations; identify research gaps and opportunities related to LGBT health; and outline a research agenda that will assist the National Institutes of Health in enhancing its research efforts in this area. Additionally, the committee will consider research training needs to foster the advancement of knowledge about LGBT health and identify impediments to such advancement.

Bockting said, "I am honored to serve on the Institute of Medicine Committee. While we will address the entire spectrum of LGBT health issues across the life span, I hope to especially contribute in the area of transgender health." He continued, "I am excited about the opportunity to be part of shaping the research agenda so needed to effectively reduce the health disparities found among this population."

Areas of interest the committee may include but are not limited to:
 
* the state of knowledge regarding LGBT health, health risks and protective factors, health disparities, and access to and utilization of health care;

* the developmental process from childhood across the life course, in the context of family and social networks; the impact of family and social acceptance of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression on health and well-being; and the experience of families with LGBT parents;

* the effects of age cohort, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and geography (particularly urban vs rural environments) on the health of LGBT persons;
the effects of social determinants and cultural factors, including stigma, discrimination, and violence on the health and development of LGBT persons;

* the methodological challenges, including definitional and measurement issues, and study design issues involved in conducting research on the health of LGBT people, and identification of best practices for conducting research in these populations;

* research gaps, opportunities, and priorities for conducting research in the LGBT population;

* research training to advance knowledge about LGBT health.
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Will Walter Bockting remain with Dept of Human Sexuality? or is this a totally new endeavor.

Happy to hear the concern about GLBT individuals.

especially the ongoing needs of the transgendered who can be so isolated in the various aspects of their lives and the continuing problems and joy connected with there chosen roles and conditions.

Amanda Beech

Dear Amanda: I will remain at PHS. It is my work at PHS that has qualified me to be part of this new committee to move the national research agenda on transgender health forward. The Committee will complete its work within the next year. Walter

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