The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Announces Webinar on Navigating the NIH for Researchers Interested in DSD and Intersex Populations

Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-102

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Release Date: April 27, 2020

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Sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, and/or intersex. Individuals with same-sex or -gender attractions or behaviors and those with a difference in sex development are also included. These populations also encompass those who do not self-identify with one of these terms but whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or reproductive development is characterized by non-binary constructs of sexual orientation, gender, and/or sex.

The Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates SGM-related research and activities by working directly with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The Office was officially established in September 2015 within the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives.

Webinar Details
The NIH FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to Advance Research on the Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minorities includes goals and objectives that aim to increase and improve SGM health research supported by NIH. Goal Three of the strategic plan is to Strengthen the Community of Researchers and Scholars Who Conduct Research Relevant to SGM Health and Well-Being. To achieve this goal, in part, the SGMRO will host a webinar in SGM health research with a focus on researchers who are interested in studying individuals with differences of sex development (DSD) and/or intersex people.

The goals of this webinar are to increase understanding of the NIH structure and processes, enhance capacity to conduct SGM research, and provide researchers with the opportunity to interact with NIH staff and established researchers in SGM health, with a focus on DSD and intersex populations. The webinar is being held on June 1, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time, via WebEx.

To learn more about the webinar, including how to register, please visit This webinar is free and open to the public.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO)