Dr. Bruijning’s is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. Her research focuses on optimizing prevention strategies for infants and children through vaccination. She studies the epidemiology of common childhood infections, using routine clinical surveillance and healthcare data to study disease occurrence, transmission, and direct and indirect protection from vaccination in the population. She has been the PI of several large scale studies evaluating effectiveness, timing and implementation of infant vaccinations. She also has a strong interest in emerging infections and understanding dynamics of infectious diseases transmission, which she studies through household and hospital transmission studies on viral infections including COVID-19. She has published >70 articles including peer-reviewed papers, professional guidelines, scientific reports and publications for the lay public. Dr Bruijning has a strong interest in communicating science to the lay public and advocating childhood vaccination through education, social media posts, magazine articles and media performances.