Professor Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD
Dr. Dragan Primorac is a pediatrician, forensic expert and subspecialist in medical geneticist. He is the first recipient of the title “Global Penn State University Ambassador”. Currently he serves as the Chair of the International Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
He serves as adjunct professor at Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, in the United States and as professor at Medical Schools in Split, Osijek and Rijeka in Croatia. He is the founder of the Special Hospital for Orthopedics, Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “St. Catherine” in Croatia as well as cofounder of Department of Forensic Sciences at the University of Split, Croatia.
He authored more than two hundred scientific papers and abstracts in clinical and molecular medicine, molecular genetics, forensic science, population genetics, genetic legacy of Homo sapiens and education, science and technology policy. He and his team described molecular basis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type I (with intron retention). He also discovered molecular mechanism of Nanomelia, a heritable chondrodystrophy of chicken. Dr. Primorac is a pioneer in the application of DNA analysis for identification of skeletal remains. He has published extensively in the most prestigious scientific journals including Science, Nature, Journal of Clinical Investigation, etc. His papers have been cited 3320 times (Google Scholar) while h-index is 26. Currently, he is PI in FP-7 projects entitled “Multi-dimensional OMICS approach to stratification of patients with low back pain”, worth 7.6 million euros. Dr. Primorac was invited speaker at more than sixty conferences all around the world. He is the co-founder and since February, 2015 he serves as the President of The International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (www.isabs.hr – ISABS). In November of 2015 he was elected to lead the State competitiveness cluster in personalized medicine. He is also the member of Executive Committee of the International Consortium of Personalized Medicine supported by EU Commission.
Dr. Primorac received 21 domestic and international awards including The Young Investigator Award of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 1992, The Michael Geisman Fellowship Award of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation in 1993, The Life Time Achievement Award by the Henry C. Lee’s Institute of Forensic Science in 2002, The Award of the Italian Region Veneto for Special Achievements in Promoting Science in the EU in 2007, The University of New Haven’s International Award for Excellence in 2010 and Presidential Award by the President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences for his contribution given to forensic sciences in 2011. In October of 2015 he has been awarded The State Science Award (the most prestigious national recognition by the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia) for his outstanding contribution to biomedical science.