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Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey

Dr. Robert Bailey has a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology. 

Position/title at UIC: Dr. Bailey is a professor of Epidemiology, in the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is an adjunct professor of Anthropology, within the Department of Anthropology.

Courses taught: Dr. Bailey teaches Epidemiology 509: Current Topics in HIV/AIDS Research.

Areas of interest: Dr. Bailey is interested in the prevention of HIV in Africa; male circumcision for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases; prevention of HIV transmission among men who have sex with men in Africa; use of text messaging for recruitment and adherence to medication; care and support of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

Current and Recent Projects: Dr. Bailey was the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded randomized controlled trial of male circumcision for HIV prevention in Kisumu, Kenya, which found that male circumcision has a 60% protective effect against HIV acquisition in heterosexual men.  He has supervised studies in Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Dominican Republic into acceptability and feasibility of introducing circumcision for HIV/STD prevention and reproductive health. 

Dr. Bailey is currently collaborating with FHI360, the U.S. Government under CDC-PEPFAR, and the Kenyan Ministry of Health to provide a comprehensive package of HIV preventionservices including male circumcision in western Kenya.  As part of this collaboration, he is leading five projects investigating the impacts of widespread male circumcision interventions. 

His recent work includes a study of risk factors for HIV infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kisumu, and he founded an organization, called KIPE, to provide support and care for MSM.  Dr. Bailey also recently proposed a study of adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis and early treatment for HIV in MSM at two sites in Kenya

Dr. Bailey is Co-Director of the Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research, Chair of the Health and Empowerment for African Lives (HEAL), Secretary of the Board of the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, and he collaborates with investigators and policy makers from numerous countries and institutions around the world.


Dr. Robert Bailey

Honors and Awards:

  • NIMH National Research Service Award, HIV/AIDS Research Training Program at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and the National Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS
  • Council International Health Section, American Public Health Association
  • Delta Omega Society for Public Health, Lambda Chapter
  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Fellow, RTI International, Research Triangle, NC
  • 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
  • 2008 Researcher of the Year Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

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