Assistant Professor Sanja Musić Milanović, MD, MPH, PhD

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Assistant Professor Sanja Musić Milanović, MD, MPH, PhD was born in Zagreb where she finished elementary and high school education. Dr. Musić Milanović graduated from the Medical School of the University of Zagreb. She attended the international postgraduate study programme „Master in Public Health Methodology” on Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Médecine, Ecole de Santé Publique where she earned the title of Master of Science. Dr. Musić Milanović earned PhD on the Medical School of the University of Zagreb on the topic of demographic, behavioural and socio-economic determinants of obesity in Croatian adults. Dr. Musić Milanović is also an Assistant Professor at the Department for Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics on the Medical School of the University of Zagreb. Her areas of work are epidemiology and health promotion. Dr. Musić Milanović is Head of the Health Promotion Division on the Croatian Institute of Public Health which is the Reference Centre of the Ministry of Health for Health Promotion. She leads the implementation of the National Programme „Healthy Living“.

Dr. Musić Milanović has been appointed as the National Technical Focal Point in expert groups of the World Health Organization for Nutrition and for Promoting health throughout the life-course. She is also the National Technical Focal Point in the Expert Group of the World Health Organization and the European Commission on Health Enhancing Physical Activity. Dr. Musić Milanović is a member of the Scientific Council for Anthropological Research of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Dr. Musić Milanović is the Principal Investigator for Croatia of the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) led by the World Health Organization.

Dr. Musić Milanović is the coauthor of the book „Obesity and treatment“ and the author of 10 chapters in books and textbooks. She has published 24 original research papers indexed in the Current Contents and SCI-Expanded databases, of which in the previous year:

  1. Bel-Serrat S, Ojeda-Rodríguez A, Heinen MM, Buoncristiano M, Abdrakhmanova S, Duleva V, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Fijałkowska A, Hejgaard T, Huidumac C, Hyska J, Kujundzic E, Musić Milanović S, Ovezmyradova G, Pérez-Farinós N, Petrauskiene A, Rito AI, Shengelia L, Taxová Braunerová R, Rutter H, Murrin CM, Kelleher CC, Breda J. Clustering of Multiple Energy Balance-Related Behaviors in School Children and its Association with Overweight and Obesity—WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI 2015–2017). Nutrients. 2019; 11(3):511.
  2. Lang Morović M, Musić Milanović S. Breastfeeding Duration as a Predictor of Childhood Lifestyle Habits, Overweight and Obesity in Second-And Third-Grade Schoolchildren in Croatia. Acta clinica Croatica. 2019; 58(3):481-490.
  3. Rito AI, Buoncristiano M, Spinelli A, Salanave B, Kunešová M, Hejgaard T, García Solano M, Fijałkowska A, Sturua L, Hyska J, Kelleher C, Duleva V, Musić Milanović S, Farrugia Sant’Angelo V, Abdrakhmanova S, Kujundzic E, Peterkova V, Gualtieri A, Pudule I, Petrauskienė A, Tanrygulyyeva M, Sherali R, Huidumac-Petrescu C, Williams J, Ahrens W, Breda J. Association between Characteristics at Birth, Breastfeeding and Obesity in 22 Countries: The WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative – COSI 2015/2017. Obesity Facts. 2019;12:226-243.
  4. Bixby, H, Bentham, J, Zhou, B. et al. Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults. Nature. 2019;569,260–264.

Dr. Musić Milanović is fluent in English and French.

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Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Biological models in growth
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases
  • Growth and development in educational context (in collaboration with Education and Teacher Training Agency - in Croatian)




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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone the ISGA Congress, originally planned for May 27-31 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia. Even with the vaccinations, the situation is not improving significantly and prevents us from holding the Congress in 2021.

International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), with the Institute and Anthropological Research as host, and European Anthropological Association (EAA) came to a mutual decision to hold a joint ISGA & EAA Congress in 2024 in Croatia. We look forward to this event as a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and networking!

As the planning for the 2024 Congress proceeds, we will be updating the website to keep you informed, so please check the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.