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Organising Board of the ISDM IAPO 2014


 Marin Vodanović (Zagreb, Croatia) - President of the Organising Board


Organising Board members:

Jelena Dumančić (Zagreb, Croatia)
Ivan Galić (Split, Croatia)
Dean Konjević (Zagreb, Croatia)
Mario Novak (Zagreb, Croatia)
Anja Petaros (Rijeka, Croatia)
Ivana Savić Pavičin (Zagreb, Croatia)
Mihovil Strujić (Zagreb, Croatia)
Amila Zukanović (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Marin Vodanovic - President of the Organising Board


Assistant professor at the Department of dental anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb


Marin Vodanovic, born 1975 in Bochum (Germany) studied dental medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia and received his dental degree in 1999. In 2005 he obtained his Master of science degree, and 2008 his PhD degree. He specialized in endodontics and dental pathology and completed his studies at University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia in 2010.
His main areas of research expertise are in paleodontology, forensic dentistry, dental anthropology and endodontics. He served as project leader and researcher at several projects. In 2012 he was at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA performing an investigation of tooth wear. He is author or coauthor of more than 150 publications including the dictionary: Vodanović, Marin. English-German-Croatian Dictionary of Dentistry. Zagreb: Školska knjiga, 2005. 
He is editor in chief of the Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology and member of editorial board of Acta Stomatologica Croatica – online, Stomatološki vjesnik Bosne i Hercegovine, Croatian Dental Herald (2006 - 2008).
He is a founder and president of the International Association for Paleodontology, secretary of the Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists and member of the International Association for Dental Research, European Society of Endodontology, International Organisation for Forensic-Odontostomatology , Croatian Endodontic Association, Croatian Dental Society, Croatian Medical Association, Croatian Catholic Medical Societyand Croatian Dental Chamber.
He served as reviewer for many journals including: American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Archives of Oral Biology, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Journal of Dental Education, Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, Acta stomatologica Croatica, Clinical Oral Investigations and Indian Journal of Dental Research.
In 2006 he was awarded with Republic of Croatia National Science Award.
More information at: http://www.marinvodanovic.com   

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Jelena Dumancic

Assistant professor at the Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Dr. Jelena Dumančić is assistant professor at the Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated in 1995, defended MSc thesis entitled Gonadal Dysgenesis and Dental Traits in 2000 and PhD thesis entitled Characteristics of the Craniofacial Complex in Turner Syndrome in 2005, all at School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 1995 she was awarded by Rector of the Zagreb University for the best student scientific work. She specialized Family Dentistry. In 2010 she completed International Course in Forensic Odontology - Personal Identification by Dental Means, in Oslo, Norway. Her main areas of research and teaching are dental anthropology, craniofacial genetics, forensic dentistry and history of dentistry. She is collaborator in two projects of the Croatian Ministry of Science Education and Sports: Human Dentition in Forensic and Archaeological Researches and Epidemiology of Carious and Noncarious Lesions in Children of the Republic of Croatia.
In 2001 and 2005 she participated in the International Symposium on Dental Morphology (ISDM). She was awarded the 3rd prize for the best poster at 12th ISDM in Lodz 2005. In 2006 she was awarded the CED Travel Stipend by International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for her scientific work. At School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb she is a member of the Ethical Committee and Committee for Postgraduate Specialist Studies. She is reviewer for the scientific journals Acta Stomatologica Croatica and European Journal of Orthodontics. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Forensic Stomatologists and IOFOS, European Society of Endodontology, IADR, International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO), Croatian Medical Association and Croatian Dental Chamber.


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Ivan Galic

University of Split, Croatia


Ivan Galić, DMD, M.Sc., Ph.D., was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1973. He is qualified specialist in oral surgery and full time employee at the University Hospital Centre Split and part time as assistant professor at University of Split, Croatia. His field of interest and work cover diagnostic and therapy of pathology in oral region, dental surgery, implant dentistry, diagnostic and therapy of orofacial pain, dentoalveolar growth and development, maxillofacial radiology and forensic odontology.  
He is member of many national and other dental professional organizations in Croatia and Europe, including the Croatian Dental Chamber, Croatian Oral Surgery Association, Croatian Forensic Stomatology Association, Croatian Dental Implantology Association, Croatian Branch of Italian Cochrane Collaboration Group and International association of paleodontology.  To date, he published 7 original scientific papers and reviews, 20 abstracts in congress proceedings.
He studied dental medicine at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was awarded the Rector’s Award for the best student scientific article. His master thesis was related to dental material and doctorate was related to the dental age estimation methods of developing teeth.

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Dean Konjevic

Veterinary Faculty University of Zagreb


Dean Konjević, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECZM (WPH) received his DVM in 2000 and PhD in 2009, both at the Veterinary Faculty University of Zagreb. In 2010 he was board certified by the European College of Zoological Medicine (status active Diplomate) and awarded the title European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health). In 2013 he was elected as Associate Professor at Department of Veterinary Economics and Analytical Epidemiology. His research area currently includes wildlife diseases, management and conservation, with special emphasis on pathology, epidemiology and public health. Besides mentioned he is actively involved in the research on the field of comparative odontology, dental pathology and bite force characteristics. Dr. Konjević has published as author and co-author more than 100 scientific and professional articles and three books. He has also presented more than 70 conference papers and was two time invited lecturer.    

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Mario Novak

Anthropological Centre, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia


I was born on July 22nd 1977 in Kutina, Republic of Croatia. In 2001 I received BA in Archaeology and History, in 2004 MA in Archaeology and in 2008 I received PhD in Archaeology with a topic “Anthropological analyses of the Antique period necropolis Zadar-Relja in the context of other Antique period sites from Croatia”
Since 2002 I have been employed as a Research Fellow at the Anthropological centre (former Department of Archaeology), Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb at the scientific project led by Prof. Mario Šlaus. During this period I participated in over 500 cases of identification of victims of the 1991-1995 war in Croatia at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Criminalistics, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. Besides, I participated in archaeological excavations of more than 30 sites in Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro.
Since 2009 I teach the graduate study course titled “Forensic Anthropology” at the University Centre for Forensic Sciences, University of Split, and since 2011 I teach the undergraduate study course titled “Introduction to Forensic Anthropology” at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
Since 2011 I participate in the scientific project “Graveyard of the parish church in Kranj” led by Prof. Andrej Pleterski from the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and since 2012 I collaborate in the joint Polish-Montenegrin research project “Cultural Landscape of the Copper/Bronze Age Malesija, Montenegro” led by Dr. Urszula Bugaj from the Polish Academy of Sciences
My main research interests are: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, subadult stress, vertebral pathologies, dental pathologies, infectious diseases, and bone trauma. I am a reviewer for several scientific journals such as Collegium Antropologicum, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Vjesnik Arheološkog muzeja u Zagrebu, Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology). I am also member of numerous professional associations such as the Croatian Archaeological Society, Croatian Anthropological Society, Paleopathology Association, International Association for Paleodontology, European Association of Anthropologists, and European Association of Archaeologists. I am author and co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference presentations.

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Anja Petaros

Department of Forensic Medicine and Criminalistics, Rijeka University, School of Medicine

Anja Petaros graduated medicine at the Rijeka University, School of Medicine in 2009. Currently she is working as a research assistant at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Criminalistics where she is engaged mainly in forensic anthropology and taphonomy studies. She completed a large number of educational programs in the field of forensic anthropology and taphonomy (Forensic Anthropology Center, Knoxville; American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe).  Her main areas of interest include the study of skeletal and soft tissue trauma, sexual dimorphism, variations in craniofacial complex and late postmortem changes. In addition to forensic anthropology, she is conducting researches in the field of history of medicine (she is particularly interested in the bio-cultural phenomenon of mummies). She is author and co-author of one university textbook, one exhibition catalog and more than 20 scientific papers and counts more than 20 active congress participations. She is actively involved in the work of national and international forensic, anthropological and medico-historical associations. From 2009 on, she acts as the Croatian delegate in the International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM), and in 2012 she became one of the Board members of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE). She is the online-publishing editor of the international medico-historical journal AMHA and is part of the Editorial Board of the FASE Newsletter.

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Ivana Savic Pavicin

Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Ivana Savić Pavičin was born on July 11, 1980. in Zadar, Croatia. Graduated at the University of Zagreb, School of Dental Medicine in 2004. As a student she won two Dean's awards for the most successful students. Since 2004. employed as a research scientists on scientific projects „Bone in dental research“ (2004.-2007.) and „Research of bone tissue in orofacial system“ (2007.-   ), with pricipal investigator Jadranka Keros. During 2009. and 2010. participated in project „Croatian Dental Terminology – HRSTON“ with principle investigator  Marin Vodanović. In 2013. had PhD thesis „ Correlation of  osteoporosis and the condition of tooth supportive tissues“. Works as teaching assistant in the Department of Dental Anthropology , School of Dental Medicine in Dental morphology and anthropology (2004.-) and Forensic dentistry (2013.-  ). Started with specialization of Dental pathology and endodontics in 2007. and finished in 2011. Her main scientific fields of interests are bone biology and pathology (specialy osteoporosis and it relationship to oral bone structures), dental anthropology, forensic dentistry and endodontics. Speaks English and Italian language. Married and mother of two children.

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Mihovil Strujic

Assistant professor at the Department of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia


He is assistant professor at Department of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia in Orthodontics, Basic Use of Computers, Dental Photography with great experience in education and organization of all medical and supporting services in healthcare, higher education, science and business. Excellent communication and leadership abilities with in-depth knowledge of business and medical processes and terminology combined with an expert-level understanding of advanced technology. He has Ph.D. in Medical Imaging and Orthodontics (2010) and Master of Science in Orthodontics (2007). Serves as Croatian Delegate to the European Federation of Orthodontic Specialists Associations (EFOSA) and Federatio Europea Orthodontica (FEO).

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Amila Zukanovic

Assistant professor at the Department of preventive and paediatric dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amila Zukanović, DDM, MSc, PhD, specialist of preventive and paediatric dentistry, employed at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently works at Department of preventive and paediatric dentistry, as an assistant professor and Chief of Clinic of preventive and paediatric dentistry.
She is one of the founders and current Secretary of Section of dental forensics at Dental Association of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
She participated at organization of 13 scientific and experts meetings and congresses in the field of dentistry.
Dr. Zukanović is General Secretary of scientific journal „Stomatološki vijesnik“and member of several dental associations, including IAPO.
She is author and co-author of 44 scientific and professional papers. She is author and co-author of two books.

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