A bursary sponsoring research into lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health has been announced by Gay Doctors Ireland (GDI).
The annual award, the first of its kind, will sponsor undergraduate medical students in Ireland to undertake a summer research project focussed on LGBT health. GDI hopes that the award will increase awareness of LGBT health issues among the medical community, as well as fostering novel research among future physicians.
“This bursary is the first of its kind, and we’re keen to encourage undergraduate students in particular to engage in this research. LGBTs are a very significant minority within the patient population and we found that there’s a dearth of information,” said Dr Conor Malone, GDI Chairperson.
Dr Malone added that while there are many British and American studies on LGBT health, there are few specific Irish resources that healthcare professionals can consult.
“We’re keen to look beyond the psychological and psychiatric problems that might face the general LGBT population and look at other problems in mainstream medicine. This is an opportunity to educate ourselves as well as GPs and other healthcare professionals.”
The value of the bursary will be €600 and the recipient will present their research at the 2011 GDI AGM and scientific meeting. Proposals from all areas of healthcare and life sciences will be considered.
For further information please visit www.gaydoctorsireland.ie. Closing date is May 9th.