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Čulig Josip, MD, PhD

Josip Čulig is a Professor of Pharmacology and the Head of Pharmacology Department at the University of Osijek School of Medicine. He was trained in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University Hospital Rebro, Zagreb, passed the specialist exam in 1982, and obtained a PhD in both medicine and pharmacy. He was a research fellow at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, St Bartholomew's University Hospital, in London. His research interests include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. In 1986, he was the first person in Croatia to obtain a master’s degree in drug utilization research. From 1993 till 2000, he was the leader of intensive clinical research on azitromycine, based on which a few new clinical indications were registered. Since 2001, he has been the managing director of the Public Health Institute Zagreb. He founded the first Department of Pharmacoepidemiology in Croatia, which has become the Ministry of Health reference center. Currently, he is leading a study on patients’ adherence to prescribed medicines and serving as a member of the National Ethics Committee for clinical trials.JOSIP ČULIG, MD PhD

Gašparović Hrvoje, MD, PhS, FETCS

Hrvoje Gašparović graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 1996 and received his PhD in 2006. He received his cardiac surgical training at the Harvard University Brigham and Women's Hospital and Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb. He has been board-certified by the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. His interests include the surgical management of acquired heart disease and teaching and participation in various clinical trials. He has been an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Zagreb University School of Medicine since 2011. He is currently the Associate Chief of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb.

Krmpotić Astrid, MD, PhD

Astrid Krmpotić graduated in 1991 from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. She received her MSc degree in 1998 and PhD in 2001, both from the University of Rijeka School of Medicine. She currently works as an associate professor at the Department of Histology and Embryology of the University of Rijeka School of Medicine. Her main research interest is immunobiology of herpesviral infections. She is the recipient of the University of Rijeka School of Medicine Award for the Best Young Scientist in 2001 and the Croatian National Annual Award for Science in 2003. She is a  member of the Croatian Immunological Society and the Croatian Society for Experimental Animals.

Marčinko Darko, MD, PhD

Dr Marčinko graduated from the Zagreb University School of Medicine, where he also obtained his PhD. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Zagreb University School of Medicine, specialist in psychiatry, and subspecialist in biological psychiatry. He is also the Head of the Specialist Unit for Eating Disorders and Personology at the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Center Zagreb (Rebro). His research interests include suicidology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and neuroscience, and personality disorders. He is the author of the university textbook Suicidology (Medicinska naklada, Zagreb 2011) and more than one hundred papers in the area of psychiatry, and the head of a scientific project in the area of suicidology. His psychotherapy education includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy (2005-2012), family and marital psychotherapy (2002-2007), hypnosis (2002-2004) and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (2001-2002). His activities in the field of psychoconsulting include applying mainly psychodynamic approach in working organizations.


Pećina Šlaus Nives, Prof. PhD

Nives Pecina-Šlaus is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology and the Head of the Laboratory of Neuro-oncology at the Croatian Institute for Brain Research of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in 1990 and her M.S. in 1992 from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Sciences, and her PhD in the field of molecular oncology in 1998 from the University of  Zagreb School of Medicine. She received training at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York and the Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. She was granted the status of principal investigator of 3 scientific projects. Her research has led to publication of more than 100 publications – 42 scientific papers, a book, and a number of abstracts, book chapters, and professional papers. Her main fields of research are cancer genetics, Wnt signaling pathway, brain tumorigenesis, tumor suppressor genes, oncogenes, and genetic profiles of brain tumors. She acts as a reviewer for many scientific peer-reviewed journals and is a member of editorial boards of Frontiers in Bioscience, Acta Clinica Croatica, and Cancer Cell International. She teaches medical biology and has mentored numerous theses. She was awarded three scientific awards – the award of the Croatian Medical Association, the award of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and in 2011 the National Science Award for 2010 for the outstanding contribution to scientific research by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

Štimac Davor, MD, PhD

Prof Davor Štimac graduated from the University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Croatia. He is the Head of the Gastroenterology Department at the Division of Internal Clinic at the University Hospital Rijeka and a full professor at the School of Medicine, University of Rijeka. He is a former President of the Croatian Society of Gastroenterology, the actual President of the Croatian Pancreatic Club and Vice-president of the Croatian Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition.
He is a member of the European Board of Gastroenterology, member of WGO Guidelines Committee, member of the UEGF Future Trends Committee and councilor of ASNEMGE. His main scientific interests are focused on new endoscopic techniques, IBD and pancreatic diseases. He published more than 300 abstracts and articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Tonkić Ante MD, PhD

Dr Tonkić holds the position of an associate professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University Hospital Split and University School of Medicine Split. Professor Tonkić received his MD from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 1999 and PhD in 2004. His research interests include the areas of inflammatory bowel disease, H. pylori infection and antibiotic resistance and cytoprotection/adaptive cytoprotection of gastrointestinal mucosa.