Barbara A. Rath

Chair of the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative

Barbara is co-founder and chair of the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI:, an international think tank and non-profit organization focused on infectious disease research and communication. ViVI is a founding member of the International Association of Innovation Professionals and an institutional member of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice. In collaboration with the School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany, and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium in Austin, USA, her team developed innovative mobile-health applications to improve quality of care, with a focus on children and their families. During the peak of the refugee arrivals to Germany in 2015, ViVI collaborated with Psychologische Hochschule Berlin to assess health needs among refugee children and adolescents. Barbara is a board-certified pediatrician with profound experience in clinical and translational research in the US, Latin America and Europe. She attended medical school in Germany, Spain and the US, and obtained her doctoral degrees in Switzerland and France. In addition to an infectious disease fellowship at Stanford, she has received pediatric residency and infectious disease subspecialty training at Duke and Tulane Universities, USA. Barbara is Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine, UK.