Dr. Milivoj Jovančević

Assoc. Prof. Ph. D. Milivoj Jovančević, M.D., primarius, pediatrician, was born in 1956 in Sarajevo. In 1980 he graduated from the Medical Faculty in Zagreb. From 1981 to 1986 worked as GP at the Trešnjevka Health Care Centre. Pediatric exam in 1991. Since 1993 in Tresnjevka Health Care Centre. Master’s degree in 1985 (oncology), doctorate in 2003 (pediatrics), 2004 has been granted title of Primarius. He completed postgraduate studies in oncology, cytology and clinical pediatrics. Also educated in the field of mental health care (Balint Education, Family Center – Scandinavian Kempler Institute). From 1993 to 2002 participated in the programs of providing psychosocial help Croatian Psychiatric Association in refugee camps of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with UNHCR, Save the Children Sweden and the French humanitarian organization Partage. Head of specialized programs of assistance to mothers and infants. Published eighty scientific and professional articles, published the book “First years: why are so important?” (10 editions); coauthor of the textbook “Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” (Nikolic – Marangunić) and co-author of the textbook (M. Jovančević M. Knezevic and Lj. Hotujac) “Providing assistance for families with children in crisis situations (2009). From 2004 -2008. he was president of the Croatian Society for Preventive and Social Pediatrics.

Expresses special interest in the field of organization of pediatric primary care and preventive programs in infant mental health. Since 2006 is a partner in several UNICEF programs in Croatia. Affiliate at the Department of Preschool Education Studies, Teacher’s Faculty, University of Zagreb as a bearer of the course Health protection of pre-school children. Also teaches at the Medical Faculty (undergraduate and postgraduate) and the Faculty of Philosophy at Zagreb University (undergraduate studies). Since 2011 Head of the course Physical trauma in children as part of the interdisciplinary specialist postgraduate study “Children’s rights” at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Coauthor of the University Textbook Child rights, chapter Physical trauma in children. Editor of the Textbook of Social and Preventive Pediatrics (Grguric J, Jovancevic M) published by Medicinska Naklada, Zagreb in 2018.

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Invited speakers

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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Important info

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.