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Professor Darko Chudy was born in Zagreb, Croatia on February 8, 1962. In 1988 he obtained his M.D. after completing his studies at the Medical School of the University of Zagreb. In 1997, he completed his neurosurgery residency at the Clinical Hospital in Zagreb. His dissertation, The Clinical Study of Possibilities and Usefulness of the New Stereoadapter in Computer Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Brain Imaging, was awarded a Ph.D. in 2000. He received his training in stereotactic neurosurgery at the Kolone University Clinic under the direction of Professor V. Sturm, Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm under Professor L. Laitinen, Umeo Northland Clinic under Professor M. Hariz, and La Timone Hospital ( prof. J. Regis). His primary area of study is stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, which he successfully introduced to Croatia. These functional neurosurgical techniques include deep brain stimulation, motor cortex stimulation, and electrode implantation for stereo EEG. He has written chapters for various books on neurosurgery, including the second edition of Sekhar Fessler’s Atlas of Neurosurgical Technique, which includes a chapter on stereotactic biopsy. He started working as an associate on the technology projects Robotic neuronavigation in neurosurgery (RONNA) in 2010 and Robotized Stereotactic Frame (NERO) in 2018. In the scientific study Deep brain stimulation in patients with disturbance of consciousness: potential predictive factors and structural alterations in the brain, which was initiated in 2021, he serves as the primary investigator. He works as a deep brain stimulation (DBS) proctor for Medtronic Co. in the south-east. He currently holds the positions of Head of the Neurosurgery Department at the Clinical Hospital Dubrava, Professor in the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, and Associate Affiliated Professor at the Medical School of Washington University in Seattle, USA.
1999. Award of the Croatian Medical Association.
2004. Award of the Medical School University of Zagreb
Membership in professional societies:
1987- present: member of the Croatian Medical Association (CMA),
1991-present: member of Croatian Neurosurgical Association (CNA),
1994-present: member of European Association of Neurosurgeons (EANS),
1994-present: member of World Neurosurgical Society (WNS),
1997-present: member of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN).
2009-prsent: member of the European Society for stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Dr Martina Topic is a behavioural sociologist and communications scholar currently working as a Reader at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She is a research lead for the #WECAN (Women Empowered through Coaching and Networking) project funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. Previously, she was also a lead for the British Academy project on Women in Advertising and she has been successfully leading a EUPRERA project, Women in Public Relations from 2018-2021, now a research network. She is an author of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Affairs in the British Press: An Ecofeminist Critique of Neoliberalism’ (Routledge, 2021).
Igor Karsaj is a full professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb (FSB). His research is related to the development of numerical methods and material models in the mechanics of deformable bodies with application to biological tissues. Specifically, his scientific interest is numerical modeling of elastoplastic processes of deformation of structural elements from isotropic and anisotropic materials, development of numerical models that can describe diseases of the vascular system (aneurysms, aortic dissections). Dr. Karšaj has published 18 papers indexed in the citation database of the Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC), and participated in more than 70 presentations at scientific conferences.
For his scientific work, he received the National Award for Science to Research Fellows, the “Vera Johanides” Award of the Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences in 2011. As a visiting scientist, he spent a total of 26 months researching at reputable international scientific institutions; 10 months as Fulbright Scholar at Texas A&M University, USA, 12 months at TU Graz, Austria as a Lise Meitner fellow, and 4 months at Karlsruhe University, Germany.
Lana Popovic Maneski was born in Belgrade in 1983. She graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade in 2007 (the five-year program), where she defended her doctoral thesis titled Upper extremity tremor suppression system based on functional electrical stimulation out-of-phase with tremor in 2011. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked at the company Tecnalia Serbia in Belgrade and was responsible for developing devices and methods for rehabilitation of upper extremities after injury of the central or peripheral nervous system using surface electrical stimulation. She was elected an assistant professor at the State University of Novi Pazar in 2012. Since 2013, she has been involved in teaching at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade (Biomedical Engineering). She was elected a Research Associate in 2015 and Senior Research Associate. She is a reviewer of the Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Journal of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Biomedical Signal Processing & Control and has been employed at the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA since 2012. She is honorary member of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING.
Fields of interest: biomedical engineering, technology for rehabilitation and assistance to the disabled, functional electrical stimulation.
Professor Ratko Magjarevic obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 and his master’s degree in 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 1994. He spent the most of his academic career at the University of Zagreb, where he was promoted to full professor with tenure in the department of Electrical Engineering in 2011. His research interests include biomedical engineering and health informatics, with a focus on data gathering, transmission, and processing in health care, as well as developing tools for personalization, prevention, monitoring, and risk prediction in medicine and health care. In addition to Zagreb, he has taught at the universities of Trieste, Ljubljana, and Bogota, Colombia. During the academic year 2005-06, he is based at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Biomedical Engineering. He was a member of the European Commission’s “Chartography of Medical and Biological Engineering in Europe” project in 2002-04, and afterwards on European programs FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, TEMPUS, and COST. He has led bilateral scientific initiatives with Slovenia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, Hungary, France, and Colombian partners. He has directed an IRI-funded R&D project as well as a number of other research and professional endeavors. He has over 80 papers published in journals and conference proceedings, as well as many edited volumes.
Professor Magjarevic is a member of a number of international and national scientific and professional organizations, as well as an official. He was twice elected President of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) for three-year terms: 2012-15 and 2022-25. In 2014, he was awarded the FER Golden Plaque “Josip Loncar” for his contributions to biomedical engineering education and development, as well as the Senate of the Republic of Colombia’s acknowledgment for his global contributions to biomedical engineering development. He was named Honorary Senator of the University of Ljubljana in 2013. He was named IUPESM Inaugural Fellow in 2020.
Igor Erjavec is a research associate, working at the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. He received his PhD in Medical Sciences at School of Medicine, University of Zagreb (Croatia). Alongside teaching, he is also participating in an international Horizon 2020 project „Osteoprospine“ and 2 projects funded by Croatian Science Foundation regarding bone regeneration. At CEMBIO he worked from 2017-2018, where he learned advanced metabolomics methods and analyses under supervision of Coral Barbas and Alma Villaseñor. He co-authored more than 20 papers.
Dr. Vladimir Ivkovic is a translational neuroscientist and integrative physiologist. His research focuses on applying ambulatory brain and physiology monitoring for assessment of neurobehavioral function in spaceflight and other extreme environments, development of mitigation strategies, and their translation into clinical/operational practice. Dr. Ivkovic’s work spans studies on the effects of spaceflight on sleep, brain function, operational performance, psychoneuroimmunology and metabolomics, development of neuromodulation countermeasures for Moon/Mars missions, as well as identifying predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in firefighters, and neuromotor integration in Parkinson’s Disease patients. He has extensive research experience in real-life and simulated extreme environments such as International Space Station (ISS), ESA/NASA microgravity parabolic flights, NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), and operational firefighting, as well as clinical emergency, neurological, and psychiatric settings. Dr. Ivkovic teaches academic courses and mentors students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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Prof.dr.sc. Bojan Jerbić graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) of the University of Zagreb in 1983. He defended his master’s thesis at the FSB in 1987, in the field Technology in Mechanical Engineering. He conducted research as part of his doctoral dissertation in 1989 as a Florida State University Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering. He defended his dissertation entitled “Interpretation of CAD model geometry in the design of automatic assembly by an expert system” at the FSB in 1993.
After graduating in 1984, he got a position at the FSB, where he worked at the Department of Technology, first as an intern and then as a professional associate until 1986 when he was elected assistant. He was elected as a research assistant in 1988. He acquired the title of assistant professor in 1995, associate professor in 2000, and full professor in 2005. He was elected as a full professor in 2009. From 1993 to 2006 he was the head of the Laboratory for the Manufacturing and Assembly Systems Planning. From 2005 to 2008, he was the head of the Department of Robotics and Automation of Production Systems of the FSB. From 2007 to 2020, he was the head of the Chair of Manufacturing and Assembly Systems Planning. In 2021 Prof. Bojan Jerbić founded the Regional Center of Excellence for Robotic Technologies (CRTA), which includes the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems, the Laboratory for Computer Intelligence, the Laboratory for Medical Robotics, the Practicum for Automatic Programming and the Prototype Tool Shop. In the same year, he founded the Department of Autonomous Systems and Computer Intelligence, of which he is also the head.
Prof. Bojan Jerbić has been participating in organized scientific research and professional work since 1987. He devoted himself to the development of computer methods in engineering and artificial intelligence methods in industrial robotics. For the last ten years he has been working on research and development of robotic applications in medicine, collaborating with prominent physicians. In doing so, notable results have been achieved in clinical application, recognized internationally. He has been a leader or collaborator on a number of domestic and international scientific and technological development projects. A particularly significant result of his scientific research work is the neurosurgical robot RONNA, which has been operating regularly at the Dubrava Clinical Hospital since 2016. He has published 155 papers, of which 44 papers in journals, 80 papers in conference proceedings, 5 papers as book chapters and 26 papers in other publications He successfully improves and promotes scientific and professional work through scientific organizations and professional societies. Since 2021, he has been a member of the University Council of the University of Zagreb. He has been a member of the Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences (HATZ) in the Department of Systems and Cybernetics since 2007. He is the Secretary of the Department of Systems and Cybernetics from 2013 to 2017. From 2015 to 2020 he was the president of the Croatian Society for Systems (CROSS) and a member of the International Academy of Engineering (Moscow). He is the editor of Transactions of FAMENA and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Simulation Modeling.
Professor Toma Udiljak is a full professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. He graduated in 1980 and received his doctorate in 1996 from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. He has been a member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of the Republic of Croatia since 2009. Additionally, he is member of HUPS (Zagreb); Scientific Council for Technological Development at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts; DAAAM (Vienna), HDO (Zagreb), International Academy of Engineering (Vienna) and honorary member of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING. He is the leader of numerous projects, especially those related to the development of machine tools in orthopedic surgery. He is the author of many scientific papers and books, and is a mentor to a large number of students in final, graduate and doctoral theses. His scientific work is especially related to innovations in orthopedics engineering. He is the winner of the Rector’s Award, the Medal of the Faculty of FSB, the Golden Plaque of HUPS and the HDO Gold Plaque.
Prof Vida Demarin was born on June 15, 1944 in Zagreb. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, where she also received her doctorate. She has been a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2010. Until 2011, she was the head of the University Department of Neurology at the Sestre milosrdnice Clinical Hospital, Zagreb, and the founder of two reference centers of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (for neurovascular disorders and headaches). Her main areas of research are vascular disorders of the brain, cerebral autoregulation, and cerebral vasoreactivity. Prof Demarin is a pioneer of Doppler diagnostics in Croatia and in Central and Southeastern Europe, and her work has significantly improved the non-invasive diagnosis of cerebrovascular disorders in the primary prevention of stroke. He is also one of the pioneers of preventive action in cerebrovascular diseases and improving the quality of life. She has been the leader of numerous scientific projects, mentored a large number of students, and published over 1,050 papers. She is a successful organizer of several national and international congresses, symposia and courses. She is honorary member of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING.
Prof Demarin has won numerous awards: FAAN, FAHA, FESO, FEAN and the National Award for Life Sciences for 2016.
Prof. Matthew J Allen graduated from the University of Cambridge with a veterinary degree (1991) and a PhD in orthopaedics (1995). After post-doctoral training at Purdue University, He took up a research-intensive faculty appointment in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he set up and ran a program on preclinical orthopaedic animal models. In 2008, He moved to the veterinary school at The Ohio State University. As director of the Surgical Research Laboratory, He performed preclinical and clinical trials in total joint replacement, orthopaedic oncology, spine surgery, regenerative medicine, and osteoarthritis. In September 2014, Matthew was elected Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Cambridge. In this new position, he combines clinical interests in total joint replacement (with a particular emphasis on primary and revision total knee replacement) with an expanded preclinical and clinical research effort through the newly established Surgical Discovery Centre. Matthew also participates in campus-wide research initiatives such as the Cambridge Centre for Musculoskeletal Repair, Regeneration and Replacement (r3), and the Cambridge Cancer Centre. He is honorary member of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING.
Research interests: Prof. Matthew J Allen’s research themes include musculoskeletal surgery focuses on the use of preclinical animal models, either natural-occurring or induced, musculoskeletal oncology (bone cancer), implant fixation, regenerative strategies for enhancing bone healing, orthopaedic infection, and retrieval analysis of orthopaedic implants. He is clinically active around total joint replacement, emphasizing primary and revision total knee replacement. He is very interested in developing translational research collaborations between the veterinary school and the medical school in using the small animal caseload to develop and evaluate new therapies for osteoarthritis, osteosarcoma, and post-surgical pain.
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Prof Michael Sutcliffe completed his PhD at Cambridge University on tribology in metal rolling in 1988. After working for the metals processing company Davy McKee, he returned to Cambridge University as a post-doctoral researcher in the field of composite materials. Since his appointment as a lecturer in 1992 he has been conducting research in the fields of tribology, composites and biomechanics with over 100 journal publications.
Prof Michael Sutcliffe is currently Head of Division C: Mechanics, Materials and Design and Head of the Biomechanics Group and the Department of Engineering University of Cambridge. His area of interest within which he has a number of outstanding papers and projects includes: mechanical behavior of materials, biological tissue behavior (e.g. arteries, brain, Eustachian tube), joint biomechanics (e.g. human and canine knees), and composite materials. He is honorary member of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING.
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Petra Margetić graduated from Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb. After graduating from University, she worked at the Ministry of Defense as a senior expert advisor in the recruitment commission. Since 1997 she has been working at the Clinic for Traumatology in Zagreb, specializing in radiology and subspecialization in ultrasound. She has a master’s degree in musculoskeletal ultrasound and PhD in subjects about low back pain. She was a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Health Sciences in the study of radiological technology. She is now employed at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb as a postgraduate. During her working life, she has published about thirty scientific and professional papers and actively participated in two projects. She has been a lecturer at hundreds of national and international congresses and meetings. As a contributor, she has published two chapters in professional books. She has reviewed more than a hundred professional and scientific papers. Participates in organizing and conducting the Basics of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course. She works as the head of the Department of Traumatological Radiology at the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, KBC Sestre Milosrdnice. As a radiologist, she understands the technical characteristics and operation of conventional X-ray devices, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and modern digital technology. In everyday practice she uses telemedicine for better communication with colleagues.
Petra Bonačić Bartolin was born on December 18, 1985 in Zagreb. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as a mechanical engineer and coordinator of EU-funded projects, while in 2014 she was employed at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences where she worked as a project manager, assistant project manager, teaching assistant and lecturer. In 2015, she enrolled in doctoral studies at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, where in 2017 she was employed as an research/teaching assistant. She obtained her doctorate in the field of technical sciences, more precisely orthopedic engineering in 2021, and the title of her doctorate is Numerical and experimental modeling of anterior cruciate ligament biomechanical implant support of the knee joint. Petra is the winner of the SUMMA CUM LAUDE award (Master with the highest award, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb), Award for Young Scientist; In recognition of his outstanding work (Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb) and the National Award for the best paper (Croatian Society for Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy). She received a short scientific research visit to Oxford University, Botnar Research Center in 2018. In 2019, she received a research fellowship from the University of Cambridge that includes research based on the application of engineering in orthopedics under the guidance of Professor Michael Sutcliffe and Professor Matthew Allen. She is a member of the Croatian Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics (Zagreb, Croatia) and the founder and president of the Association for Orthopedic Engineering ORTHOING (Zagreb, Croatia). With her knowledge and skills, she contributes to the progress of the community on a daily basis by volunteering for the most needy.
Bill graduated from Cambridge University vet school in 1997, and after a period in general practice undertook an orthopaedic Residency at Willows Referral Service between 2009 and 2011. Bill was RCVS board-certified in 2013 and remains an RCVS Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist. Bill continued to work in referral orthopaedic practice until 2019 when he moved to Vet3D full-time.
Bill founded Vet3D in 2015 to exploit the potential of CAD-based surgical planning to create patient-specific surgical guide systems for orthopaedic and neurosurgical applications. Vet3D has so far provided over 1200 guide systems to surgeons throughout the UK, Europe, USA, and the rest of the world.
Kirsten Haeusler is a rehabilitation specialist for animals, from Germany, with over a decade of experience in animal physical therapy. At her clinic in Stuttgart, she sees a lot of orthopedic and neurologic cases referred by various veterinary clinics in and around Stuttgart.
She obtained a degree in Agricultural Biology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, focusing on Animal Behavior and Animal Nutrition in 2004. A Ph.D. followed this in Animal Science with a specialization in the Motivational Behavior of animals from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and graduated in 2006.
She was always inclined to animal science, veterinary medicine, and animal physical therapy growing up. However, her real passion came to life when she enrolled in the Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Class in 2006 and received her Certificate as a CCRP in 2008 from the University of Tennessee, USA.
In 2018 at the IARVPT World Rehab Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, she held a workshop on shockwave assisted fascia treatment in animals. That same year she was invited to talk at the WVOC in Barcelona about “The Art and Science of Shockwave.”
Part of her research involves applying, improving, and investigating therapies, such as treatment on the underwater treadmill, a regular treadmill, shockwave therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field, etc., to animals for post-illness rehabilitation and recovery treatments.
To intensify her studies regarding shockwave therapy in the clinic and in the scientific field, in 2017, she was invited to collaborate with Professor M. Allen at the Surgical Discovery Center at the University of Cambridge, UK.
In 2019 she was invited to be part of a study with Professor Martin Fischer and his team at the University of Jena (also known as “Dogs in Motion“), Germany. These studies aim to evaluate gait in dogs using biplanar fluoroscopy, force plates, and pressure-sensitive treadmills. In May 2021 the group started another study to evaluate developing gait patterns in growing canines of different breeds.
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