dr. P.C.J.L. (Patricia) Bruijning-Verhagen

dr. P.C.J.L. (Patricia) Bruijning-Verhagen

Associate Professor
dr. P.C.J.L. (Patricia) Bruijning-Verhagen
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Julius Center Research Program Infectious Diseases





Dr. Bruijning is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. She studies common childhood infections, vaccination and emerging infectious diseases including COVID-19. Her research has a strong focus on Public Health and policy. She has been PI of several large scale vaccine studies, including rotavirus, influenza, pneumococcal and COVID-19 vaccines evaluating vaccine effectiveness, immunogenicity, timing and implementation. Her scientific work has been instrumental in vaccine Advisory Statements by the Dutch Health Counsel, where served as an external advisor, in clinical guidelines and in vaccine policy decisions. She holds a cross-appointment at the RIVM Center for Infectious Disease Control, where she contributed to numerous vaccine guidelines. She has a strong interest in understanding dynamics of (emerging) infectious diseases and the role of children in transmission, for which she obtained a VENI career grant in 2015 and a VIDI career grant in 2020. She is has lead three large scale population transmission studies on COVID-19 funded by ZonMw and the European Commission.  With her VIDI career grant she is studying interactions between key respiratory viruses in children, including SARS-CoV2, and their implications for vaccination policies. She has published >80 articles including peer-reviewed papers, professional guidelines, scientific reports and publications for the lay public. She has a strong international network as evidenced by her involvement in several international emerging infections research consortia funded by the Innovative Medicine Initiative and the European Commission (ZIKAction, OneHealth-PACT, RECOVER, COVID-RED, Neo-Deco, VACCELERATE). She is a member of the COVID-19 taskforce of the Dutch Pediatric Society and of the COVID-19 scientific committee of the Federation of Medical Specialists. She served as scientific advisor on COVID-19 for the Minister of Health and of Education. She coordinates and teaches MSc courses in infectious diseases epidemiology and vaccines (Utrecht University, McGill University) and vaccinology masterclasses for healthcare professionals. She communicates actively on Twitter (@P_Bruijning) about infectious diseases and vaccines.



Side Activities

Board-member of the Vaccinology Masterclass Foundaton (professional education on vaccinology)

Member of the Dutch Vaccination Alliance (Ministery of Health)

Member of COVID-19 team Dutch Pediatric Association

Member of taskforce COVID-19 antigen testing Ministery of Health



Fellowship and Awards

NWO VIDI Grant 2020

NWO VENI Grant 2015

ESPID Small Grant Award, European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Maria Raiche Graduate Student Scholarship Award, McGill University

Vaccinology Student Research Award, Health Agency Canada

Research Output (79)

Real-world comparison of the effects of etanercept and adalimumab on well-being in non-systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis:a propensity score matched cohort study

van Straalen Joeri W., de Roock Sytze, Giancane Gabriella, Consolaro Alessandro, Rygg Marite, Nordal Ellen B., Rubio-Pérez Nadina, Jelusic Marija, De Inocencio Jaime, Vojinovic Jelena, Wulffraat Nico M., Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C.J., Ruperto Nicolino, Swart Joost F., Pallotti Chiara, Scala Silvia, Angioloni Simona, Villa Luca, 14 Nov 2022, In: Pediatric rheumatology online journal. 20

Longitudinal Household Assessment of Respiratory Illness in Children and Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

de Hoog Marieke L.A., Sluiter-Post Judith G.C., Westerhof Ilse, Fourie Elandri, Heuvelman Valerie D., Boom Trisja T., Euser Sjoerd M., Badoux Paul, Reusken Chantal, Bont Louis J., Sanders Elisabeth A.M., Jaddoe Vincent W.V., Herpers Bjorn L., Eggink Dirk, Wildenbeest Joanne G., Duijts Liesbeth, van Houten Marlies A., Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C.J.L. 20 Oct 2022, In: JAMA network open. 5

Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of a Throat Spray with Selected Lactobacilli in COVID-19 Outpatients

De Boeck Ilke, Cauwenberghs Eline, Spacova Irina, Gehrmann Thies, Eilers Tom, Delanghe Lize, Wittouck Stijn, Bron Peter A, Henkens Tim, Gamgami Imane, Simons Alix, Claes Ingmar, Mariën Joachim, Ariën Kevin K, Bakokimi Diana, Loens Katherine, Jacobs Kevin, Ieven Margareta, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia, Delputte Peter, Coenen Samuel, Verhoeven Veronique, Lebeer Sarah 26 Sep 2022, In: Microbiology spectrum. 10

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within households:a remote prospective cohort study in European countries

Verberk Janneke D M, de Hoog Marieke L A, Westerhof Ilse, van Goethem Sam, Lammens Christine, Ieven Greet, de Bruin Erwin, Eggink Dirk, Bielicki Julia A, Coenen Samuel, van Beek Janko, Bonten Marc J M, Goossens Herman, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J L 28 May 2022, In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 37 , p. 549-561 13 p.

Rotavirus Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness in Infants With High-Risk Medical Conditions

van Dongen Josephine A P, Rouers Elsbeth D M, Schuurman Rob, Band Caterina, Watkins Shannon M, van Houten Marlies A, Bont Louis J, Norbruis Obbe F, Hemels Marieke A C, van Well Gijs T J, Vlieger Arine M, van der Sluijs Jacqueline, Stas Helene G, Tramper-Stranders Gerdien, Kleinlugtenbeld Elly A, van Kempen Anne A M W, Wessels Margreet, van Rossem Maaike C, Dassel Carin A C M, Pajkrt Dasja, Bonten Marc J M, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J 22 Nov 2021, In: Pediatrics. 148

Impact analysis of rotavirus vaccination in various geographic regions in Western Europe

Verberk J D M, van Dongen J A P, van de Kassteele J, Andrews N J, van Gaalen R D, Hahné S J M, Vennema H, Ramsay M, Braeckman T, Ladhani S, Thomas S L, Walker J L, de Melker H E, Fischer T K, Koch J, Bruijning-Verhagen P 29 Oct 2021, In: Vaccine. 39 , p. 6671-6681 11 p.

A prospective, randomized, single-blinded, crossover trial to investigate the effect of a wearable device in addition to a daily symptom diary for the Remote Early Detection of SARS-CoV-2 infections (COVID-RED):a structured summary of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Brakenhoff Timo B, Franks Billy, Goodale Brianna Mae, van de Wijgert Janneke, Montes Santiago, Veen Duco, Fredslund Eskild K, Rispens Theo, Risch Lorenz, Dowling Ariel V, Folarin Amos A, Bruijning Patricia, Dobson Richard, Heikamp Tessa, Klaver Paul, Cronin Maureen, Grobbee Diederick E, 11 Oct 2021, In: Trials. 22 , p. 1-5

Derde rapport modellering SARS-CoV-2 infecties in het voortgezet onderwijs

Pham Thi Mui, Westerhof Ilse, Rozhnova Ganna, Bootsma Martin, Kretzschmar Mirjam, Bruijning-Verhagen P. 7 Sep 2021, 32 p.

Evaluation of non-specific effects of human rotavirus vaccination in medical risk infants

van Dongen Josephine A P, Rouers Elsbeth D M, Bonten Marc J M, Bruijning-Verhagen Patricia C J, 7 Sep 2021, In: Vaccine. 39 , p. 6151-6156 6 p.

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