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Robert Bailey

Professor Emeritus

Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Prof. Bailey is Emeritus but remains active in global health research and programs. He was recently awarded a grant from Merck, Sharp and Dohme to conduct the URCHOICE Study. This study will be conducted in collaboration with the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society in Kisumu, Kenya and two other research and service organizations in Kenya. Its purpose is to determine the preferences of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in Kenya for using condoms, daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), or several methods of longer acting PrEP to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV.

Bailey is co-principal investigator to an R21 grant from NIAID (R21AI155126) entitled, “The Papuan Indigenous Model of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision” with Dr. Ignatius (Gambit) Praptoraharjo, who is on the faculty at our collaborating institution, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. Dr. Praptoraharjo received his PhD at UIC when he was a Fogarty Fellow under Dr. Judith Levy, a co-investigator on the grant. This study will work with communities in Papua Indonesia to develop a model for introducing safe and acceptable medical male circumcision for HIV prevention. Prof. Bailey also continues to mentor global health students and expects to continue assisting students seeking research and practica experiences in Kenya.