Saša Missoni, Phd

Saša Missoni, PhD, is the Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia, since 2011. He is a Senior Scientific Associate and Assistant Professor in the scientific field of Biomedicine and Health Sciences. He has rich experience in national and international projects, having led two national project as the principal investigator („Croatian Islands’ Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)“. Croatian Science Foundation (2015 – 2018) and „Dietary habits and metabolic syndrome in adolescents“. Croatian Food Agency (2011 – 2012)) and being a leader of the Croatian team in two international projects („Integrated GWAS and EWAS of Cardiometabolic Traits in an Island Population“. NIH – National Institutes of Health, USA (2016 – 2017) and „Genetic and environmental factors of insulin resistance syndrome and its long term complication in immigrant Mediterranean populations (MEDIGENE)“. European Commission (FP7) (2013 – 2015)). He is currenty the member of the Managing Board and associate of the Centre for Applied Bioanthropology (European fund for regional development, 2018 – 2019).

He has been the President of the following international congresses: IUAES Inter-Congress: „World Anthropologies and Privatization of Knowledge: Engaging Anthropology in Public“. Dubrovnik, 2016; EAA: 20th Congress of the European Anthropological Association „European Anthropology in a Changing World: From Culture to Global Biology“.

Zagreb, 2016, and the president of six Schools of Biological Anthropology “Dr. Hubert Maver” and six „Anthropology and Health“ meetings. He is the Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and the President of the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology. Saša Missoni has mentored or co-mentored 5 doctoral theses and has tought courses in the field of nutrition and health at the Faculty of Food Technology, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, and at the University of Dubrovnik. He is a member of numerous national professional associations, such as the Croatian Society for Human Genetics, Croatian Anthropological Society, Croatian Society for Biotechnology, Croatian Society for Diabetes, Croatian Society for Obesity (member of EASO – European Association for the Study of Obesity) as well as international associations (International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS), Biosocial Society, International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), European Anthropological Association (EAA), International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), American Anthropological Association (AAA) etc. His main research focus are nutrition and health, dietary habits, transition, change of tradition with regards to diet etc. He has published one book, four book chapters, around 40 scientific papers and has participated in numerous international and national conferences.

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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.