Transgender Health Research Network
There is a well-established group of researchers working on transgender health at U-M, but they are spread out across units. IRWG serves as a collaboration hub for bringing together U-M researchers working on transgender health topics across disciplines. Participants include key researchers in Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, the Institute for Social Research, and LSA.
One of the primary goals of this network is to create research teams that can apply for large extramural project and center grants from the National Institutes of Health. Seven faculty members were awarded “Transgender Health and Empowerment” seed grants in 2019. The funded projects seek to develop innovative tools, useful research infrastructure, or to promote equitable and meaningful research with transgender and non-binary people in empowered ways.
With guidance from Prof. Anna Kirkland and Research Development Director Rebecca Shea Irvine, the group is expanding to other universities in order to develop partnerships related to transgender health research.