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P.c.j.l. (patricia) Bruijning-verhagen

Associate Professor
University Medical Center Utrecht


Dr Patricia Bruijning-Verhagen is assistant professor in infectious diseases epidemiology and in public health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. In addition, she holds a cross-appointment at the Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). She is a registered epidemiologist and pediatrician. Her research scope includes common childhood infections with a large public health impact (respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis and dengue). Her activities focus on quantifying their disease burden, identifying risk factors and predictive features, and evaluating existing or potential future prevention strategies, both in the general pediatric population and in specific medical target-groups. A key element in her research activities is knowledge generation to inform control policies for common pediatric infectious diseases. For this, she uses a broad range of epidemiological methods in a variety of datasources including prospective cohort studies, medical care databases, and surveillance data. She obtained several research grants from national as well as international research organizations to study vaccination in high-risk pediatric target-groups. She is the principal investigator of an ongoing large multicenter prospective effectiveness study on rotavirus vaccination and immunogenicity of NIP vaccines recruiting > 2000 high-risk infants.

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