Prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D.

Dragan Primorac is a pediatric medical doctor, forensic expert, geneticist and university professor. Dr. Primorac served as Minister of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia from 2003 to 2009. According to the International Republican Institute survey of October 1, 2007, he was rated as the most successful minister in the Government. Under his leadership, chapters ”Science and Research” and “Education and Culture” were the first two chapters that Croatia closed in negotiations with the European Union. As the Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Dr. Primorac launched a series of successful reforms in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as in science, technology and sports that significantly improved the system. Minister Primorac was able to secure the greatest increase of the budget for science, education and sports in the history of modern Croatia. The budget in 2003 was $1.2 billion while the budget in 2009 was $2.3 billion (including loans for Croatian universities). During his mandate, strategic documents such as the Education Sector Development Plan 2005 – 2010 and the Science and Technology Policy 2006 – 2010 were prepared and subsequently adopted by the Government and supported by the World Bank loan in the amount of €68 million (Education) and €31 million (Science and Technology). The award for numerous efforts made by minister Primorac and his team on the Croatian educational system was the survey of the famous Newsweek (August 16, 2010) which rated Croatian education system 22nd in the World, ahead of 12 countries from the G20 group.

He is one of the founders of forensic DNA analysis in Croatia and he was among a few scientists in the word who applied DNA analysis with a goal to identify mass graves victims. Dr. Primorac serves as a Professor at the University of Split, School of Medicine and University of Osijek, School of Medicine as well as Adjunct Professor at Penn State University and at the University of New Haven. Also, he is co-founder of the Split University Center of Forensic Sciences. In addition, he is co-founder of the prestigious international organization, The International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) whose meetings are held every two years in Croatia. Dr. Primorac is the author of more than one hundred and fifty scientific papers and abstracts in the field of forensic science, population genetics, the genetic legacy of homo sapiens sapiens, clinical medicine and molecular genetics, of which 65 are listed in CC and SCI. So far he has been cited more than a thousand and five hundred times. Also he is author of several books in Croatia and the United States, as well as of articles on education, science and technology, among which are papers published in reputable journals such as EMBO Reports and Science. The results of his work have been published in prestigious scientific journals such as JAMA, Science, Lancet and in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hartford Courant. Furthermore, Connecticut TV Station Channel 8 filmed a television serial on Dr. Primorac's forensic work in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia.

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Prof. Primorac has received 20 domestic and international awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of New Haven, Forensic Science Institute, New Haven, USA for contribution to the development of forensic sciences.

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Prof. Primorac has participated in numerous humanitarian activities and he was always ready to respond to initiatives and to participate in the events with the humanitarian character.

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Prof. Primorac was a member of the Cabinet of the Republic of Croatia as the Minister of Science, Education and Sports from December 2003 to July 2009.

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February 24th, 2014Dragan Primorac presented his book ”Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective”

On February 19 and 20, 2014, in Seattle, WA, Professor Dragan Primorac presented his book “Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, an organization containing some 8,000 leading U.S. forensic professionals. Invited by Professor


December 27th, 2013Traditional Season’s Gathering gathered 220 guests from the public and political life of Israel and Croatia

The Croatian-Israeli Business Club and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Croatia have organized the Season’s Gathering and Farewell Reception in honor of H.E. Mr. Yossi Amrani, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Croatia. This reception which is


November 18th, 2013Croatia can be a leader in the fight against human trafficking, labor and sexual exploitation of people in the region

Zagreb, 5 November 2013 – attracting great interest from the media, the Conference on human trafficking labor and sexual exploitation was held today, organized by the International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) and the University of New Haven in the United States. The


October 7th, 2013Prof. Dragan Primorac and Yitzhak Tshuva met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Amos Hochstein

Zagreb-Dubrovnik, October 3rd, 2013 – During the European Energy Security Forum in Dubrovnik, US-Israeli delegation, led by Mr. Yitzhak Tshuva and the president of the Croatian Israeli Business Club prof. Dr. Dragan Primorac, held a series of meetings with several distinguished experts from the


September 23rd, 2013Prof. Primorac meets with the president of the European Council of Legal Medicine, Prof. Vieira

Prof. Dr. Duarte Nuno Vieira is the president of the key European body for forensic sciences “European Council of Legal Medicine” with members from 34 European countries.

Council takes special care in aligning procedures and legal regulations from the field of forensic science to


September 4th, 2013U.S. Senator Bob Casey meets prof. Dragan Primorac in New Jersey

One of the most influential U.S. senators, a member of the National Security Working Group and a co-chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Caucus of the U.S. Senate, met in New Jersey with Prof. Dragan Primorac. Bob Casey is the U.S. Senator for


August 28th, 2013Dragan Primorac meets with the Israeli Minister of Science, Technology and Space

During his visit to Israel as the president of the Croatian – Israeli Business Club (CIBC), Dragan Primorac met with several members of the Club in order to talk about various business investments in Croatia and the entry of Croatian products to the Israeli


July 9th, 2013Great support of the Israeli parlament (Knesset) to the cooperation between Croatia and Israel

President of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club, prof. dr. Dragan Primorac is officially visiting Israel. During his visit, he met several leading Israeli politicians and entrepreneurs and all of them have expressed their support for the work of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club, a deeper cooperation


July 6th, 2013Cooperation between the fastest growing African economy and the Republic of Croatia begins

Saturday, July 6th 2013 – During today’s press conference held at Children’s hospital Srebrenjak in Zagreb, cooperation was announced between the Republic of Croatia and Botswana in the fields of education, science and health.

The Republic of Botswana is a key state for


July 1st, 2013Central European scientific event 2013 in Forensic, Anthropologic and Medical Genetics concluded today

Split, June 28th 2013. – Central European scientific event in 2013, the 8th ISABS Conference in Forensic, Anthropologic and Medical Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Translational Medicine, was concluded today in Split. More than 550 participants and 70 lecturers from 45 countries attended

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