University of Zagreb School of Medicine (UZSM) is the oldest educational institution for medical training and research in South-East Europe. It has a long tradition in education of medical doctors, as well as in research and clinical practice. UZSM is not only locally known, but it is recognized internationally as an excellent training and research institution.

The concept of internationalisation of medical education has been deeply rooted in the UZSM since its foundation in 1917. The founders of UZSM came from different European centres of academic excellence and transferred their expertise to the newly fledged institution. Since that time, the UZSM has tried to preserve and maintain this continuity in transferring the latest trends in medical education and teaching by adding to it the specific creative component of its faculty. It has thus achieved its present integration into the international community of medical schools. In its determination to raise the standards of medical education and introduce a new culture of teaching, UZSM decided to join the growing number of medical schools in Central and Eastern Europe which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English by establishing its own English program. The program attracted its first generation of students in the academic year 2003/04, and this generation has completed their course of studies in this academic year (2008/09) with a growing number of their international colleagues motivated for joining the program.

The School encourages its faculty to participate in international research, particularly  in the following research areas: basic and clinical neuroscience including neuroprotection, neuroimaging and neurogenomics; regenerative medicine including bone morphogenetic proteins and biological regeneration of tissues; molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics; pharmacogenomics; diagnostic ultrasound (esp. in cardiology and perinatal medicine); transplantation medicine; haematological malignancies; congenital metabolic diseases; clinical endocrinology and diabetes; public health and environmental medicine. UZSM currently participate in 24 international projects (Horizon Europe, H2020, ESIF and other funding programmes) and in 35 national projects (Croatian Science Fund, ADRIS foundation and other)

School of Medicine was granted two Centres of Excellence with three research units in regenerative, reproductive medicine and neuroscience.

Since its very beginnings UZSM faculty published their scientific and professional results in respectable international journals often co-authored with foreign researchers, mainly from the USA, United Kingdom and Germany. UZSM researchers also actively participate in various multicentre clinical studies and in the wide range of national and international projects.

Scientists from the University of Zagreb, School of Medicine (UZSM) and the associated University Hospitals.

UZSM in RadioVal

Researchers in RadioVal from UZSM participate in four WP: WP2, WP5, WP 6 and WP7. They oversee the evaluation of clinical usability. All researches are clinical specialists and they will examine the impact of introducing radiomics. Clinicians are radiologists who have many years of experience in breast MR analysis. Together with surgeons and oncologists, they select patients for neoadjuvant therapy. They participate in the evaluation of the radiological response on MR scans after the application of therapy. It will perform tumor segmentation and send data for radiomics. Boris Brkljačić Boris Brkljačić is a Full Professor of Radiology and Chair of Radiology  Cathedra, at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia. He obtains numerous highly prestigious academic titles such as: Chairman of Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital “Dubrava”, Zagreb; Past-president of the European Society of Radiology; General Secretary of the International Society of Radiology;President of the Euopean Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED); Chair of the ESR Eurosafe Imaging Initiative;Vice-Rector of the University of Zagreb and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ultrasound. Boris Brkljačić is also author of two monographic textbooks, 68 chapters in textbooks and books, and more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed magazines. Additionally, he is involved in several European and domestic research projects and was invited to give over 450 lectures at more than 310 international meetings and institutions.

He is an honorary member of Radiology Society of North America, and national radiology societies of 11 countries, honorary fellow of European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and he is theChair of Advisory Board of Ministry of Health of Croatia for National Breast Cancer Screening Program.

Gordana Ivanac

Associate professor Gordana Ivanac was born in Zagreb. She graduated at University of Zagreb School of Medicine (UZSM) in 1997. She finished scientific postgraduate study from Biomedicine at UZSM, and she defended her Master of Science thesis and doctoral thesis at the UZSM.

She was resident in radiology at UHD between 2001 and 2006 and she is working as board certified radiologist in UHD since 2006. She passed the subspecialist exam in ultrasound in 2009.

She was researcher at three finished scientific projects of Ministry of Science of Croatia and one which is funded by Croatian Science Foundation. She is author of over 40 published scientific papers and on 25 chapters in the international textbooks and Croatian books.

She participated at several domestic and international congresses and meetings with 120 abstracts (76 at international meetings). She held 70 invited lectures at domestic and international congresses. She underwent visiting fellowship in breast imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA. She is also reviewer in several international and domestic scientific journals.

Additionally, she is vice-president of the Croatian Society of Radiology and vice-president of Croatian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. She is member of the RSNA, ESR, ESUR, ESSR, EUSOBI.

Eugen Divjak

Eugen Divjak has finished a five-year residency in clinical radiology at University Hospital “Dubrava” in Zagreb, Croatia, where he is currently working as a radiology consultant.

He graduated from University of Zagreb, School of Medicine in class of 2011, and after a one-year internship at University Hospital “Sisters of Mercy” in Zagreb and being licensed by Croatian Medical Chamber, he has worked for two years as a GP in a rural area near Croatia’s capital.

In 2020, he acquired  a European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR) issued by the European Board of Radiology (EBR).

He attended and in 2022 successfully finished the PhD programme “Biomedicine and Health Sciences” at University of Zagreb, School of Medicine. He was an associate on a Croatian Science Foundation research project IP-2016-2997: Sonoelstography and MRI in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, principal investigator being prof. Boris Brkljačić, PhD. During the work on the project, he finished his doctoral thesis on sonoelastography of breast cancer recurrences.

His areas of interest include breast and musculoskeletal imaging.


Croatian Society of Radiology, Croatian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, European Society of Radiology, European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology

Ivana Šiprak

Ivana Šiprak was born in Zagreb.  She is student at European University, Alma Mater Europaea and attends Master programme of European Business Studies – Project Management. She graduated at University of Applied Sciences and achieved the title Professional specialist of Project Management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Finance and she is a certified Project Management Associate (level D) certified by International Project Management Association. Additionally, she is member of Croatian Association for Project Management. Ivana Šiprak is employed at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb as Head of Office for research where she  manages projects from different funding programmes such as Horizon Europe, H2020, ESIF, ESF and other national and international programmes.

She participated in the RMA Academy which is part of H2020 project.