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Barbara L. Kroner

Senior Epidemiologist

Barbara Kroner, PhD, is an established epidemiologist and clinical coordinating center principal investigator, with expertise in study design, patient recruitment and data collection methods. Dr. Kroner has been with RTI since 1983, where she has managed complex multicenter national and international studies of viral and chronic disease.

She has directed studies of HIV/AIDS, HCV and end-stage liver disease, hemophilia, aortic aneurysms and dissections in persons with Marfan and related syndromes, and childhood onset epilepsy. She is also collaborating on the development of a mobile seizure alert device based on autonomic signals.

Dr. Kroner has considerable knowledge regarding the practical techniques of biospecimen collection, processing, handling, and testing as components for epidemiologic studies. Her other research interests include Aicardi syndrome and the growth and development of children with disabilities.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota; MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota; BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin.

Latest Publications

Kroner, B.L., Wright, C., Friedman, D., Macher, K., Preiss, L., Misajon, J., et al. (2014). Characteristics of epilepsy patients and caregivers who either have or have not heard of SUDEP. Epilepsia, 55 (10):1486-1494.
Holmes, K.W., Maslen, C.L., Kindem, M., Kroner, B.L., Song, H.K., Ravekes, W., Dietz, H.C., Weinsaft, J.W., Roman, M.J., Devereux, R.B., Pyeritz, R.E., Bavaria, J., Milewski, K., Milewicz, D., LeMaire, S.A., Hendershot, T., et al. (2013). GenTAC registry report: Gender differences among individuals with genetically triggered thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A, 161 (4):779-786.
Kroner, B.L., Fahimi, M., Kenyon, A., Thurman, D.J., & Gaillard, W.D. (2013). Racial and socioeconomic disparities in epilepsy in the District of Columbia. Epilepsy Research , 103 (2-3):279-287.
Song, H.K., Kindem, M., Bavaria, J.E., Dietz, H.C., Milewicz, D.M., Devereux, R.B., Eagle, K.A., Maslen, C.L., Kroner, B.L., et al. (2012). Long-term implications of emergency versus elective proximal aortic surgery in patients with Marfan syndrome in the Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions Consortium Registry. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 143 (2):282-286.
Kroner, B.L., Tolunay, H.E., Basson, C.T., Pyeritz, R.E., Holmes, K.W., Maslen, C.L., Milewicz, D.M., LeMaire, S.A., Hendershot, T., Desvigne-Nickens, P., Devereux, R.B., Dietz, H.C., Song, H.K., Ringer, D., et al. (2011). The National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions (GenTAC): Results from phase I and scientific opportunities in phase II. American Heart Journal, 162 (4):627-U77.
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  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Viral and Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Multicenter Clinical Studies
  • Biospecimen Collection, Processing, and Transport