Effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy

Research Opportunity
PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Ada Cheung Ada Cheung gender-research@unimelb.edu.au 61 (3) 9496 2260 Personal web page

Summary Being trans (transgender) or gender diverse (TGD) is now viewed as part of the natural spectrum of human diversity.

Project Details

TGD people have a gender identity which is markedly and persistently incongruent with their sex assigned at birth. Individuals often experience intense distress or body dysphoria driving individuals to seek gender-affirming hormone therapy to align physical characteristics with gender identity. Hormone therapy is typically masculinising (testosterone) or feminising (estrogen). Testosterone and estrogen hormones are important for not only our physical appearance and sexual health, but have many functions in the body influencing the health of the heart, brain, body composition and general well-being.
As there is very little research in transgender health,  we are undertaking several observational studies and clinical trials to investigate the best, safest and most effective ways of giving hormone therapy as well as understand long-term health effects.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine, Cardiometabolic

Research Opportunities

PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Trans Medical Research

Research Node

Austin Health

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