University of Illinois Chicago

The Adolescent and Young Adult Research (AYAR) team @ UIC is dedicated to advancing HIV prevention science for adolescents and young adults in Chicago, IL, and across the United States. The AYAR team also provides clinical care for adolescents and young adults throughout metropolitan Chicago and suburbs through the hospitals and community health centers of University of Illinois @ Chicago. We have extensive experience providing gender affirming care, as well as recruiting and retaining participants in clinical trials. Primarily our recruiting efforts are centered on direct clinic referral, community partner referral, community outreach activities such as pride events, health fair, park canvassing, and tabled events, as well online recruitment through social media networks. 

Meet The Project Lead(s)

Kelly Bojan

Site Lead

Meet The Team

About University of Illinois Chicago

The Adolescent & Young Adult Research at UIC is an organization committed to providing accessible, quality, and culturally sensitive healthcare to adolescents and young adults from underserved communities.

We are known for services such as:

  • Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic (AYAC) – Physicals, School Exams, Mental Health Services, LGBTQIA+ Primary Care, Immunizations, and much more!
  • HIV Prevention PrEP Clinical Trials
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Clinical Trials
  • Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Other Services:

  • Comprehensive primary care for people living with HIV
  • Confidential STI Screening/Treatment Clinic
  • Rapid HIV Screenings
  • PrEP and PEP Services
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations

Contact Us:

University of Illinois
Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science (CDIS)
818 S. Wolcott Ave., SRH- 6th Floor
Room 619 (M/C 579), Chicago, IL 60612


Related Protocols

Protocol NumberName
ATN 166Combatting HIV Or Other STIs Early (CHOOSE)/atn-166
ATN 167Legal, Economic and Affirming Peer Support (LEAP)/atn-167
ATN 168HIV And Pregnancy Prevention in Youth (HAPPY) - Step 3/atn-168
ATN 170IMPACT/atn-170

Team Members

Rachel Jackson
Lead Research Coordinator
Shanna Igbinoba
Research Coordinator
Antoinette McFadden
Project Coordinator
Raymond McPherson
Outreach Coordinator
Mireya Gonzales
Data Manager


Project WISH

Task Force

AIDS Foundation Chicago