Prof. Slawomir Koziel, PhD

Slawomir Koziel is a professor and head of Department of Anthropology Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences. His research concerns biological and health consequences of social phenomenon, risk factors for obesity and epidemiology of obesity, effects of prenatal and early childhood stress on growth and development.
His whole scientific career was associated with Polish Academy of Sciences, where he has been employed since 1994. As a scholar, he visited several times Free University in Brussels, Belgium, Oxford University in UK, and Vidyasagar University in Midnapore, India. He is an international Fellow of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity in Oxford University and a member of several scientific organisations.
His early work concerned the analysis of the human growth curves, using structural mathematical models matched with longitudinal measurement data of children from Wroclaw Longitudinal Study.

This knowledge was used in his doctoral thesis defended in 1997. After this period, he took part in different areas of research: studies on biological aspects of horizontal and vertical social mobility, revealing a selective upward social mobility of taller individuals, studies on the influence of parental radius on the offspring growth, studies on biological consequences of economic and political transition which occurred in Poland in late 80’s and early 90’s of the last century. He also has been working on risk factors of obesity, especially socio-economic factors, among Polish population. Recently, he has been focused on the effect of maternal prenatal stress, induced by natural disaster, on postnatal growth and development of children, as well as the effect of arsenic and heavy metals exposure on children’s growth and development.
He is an author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers. He was a leader of several national and international scientific projects supported by British Council and European Union, and National Science Centre in Poland.

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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.