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The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has presented Dragan Primorac with the high State decoration of the Order of Ante Starčević for his extraordinary achievements in the field of science, education, and politics, as well as for his contributions to the development of the Republic of Croatia.
Prof. Primorac is one of the pioneers in DNA identification of skeletal remains from mass graves. He is one of the initiators of applying the concept of personalized medicine in clinical practice and currently serves as a member of the International Consortium for Personalized Medicine Executive Committee (IC PerMEd) established by The European Commission. Prof. Primorac is a professor at the Penn State University, University of New Haven, and at the Universities of Split, Osijek, and Rijeka. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the University Department of Forensic Science, University of Split. He is the Chair of the AAFS International Affairs Committee and the president of one of the most prestigious international scientific societies in the area of Forensic and Clinical Genetics International Society of Applied Biological Science (ISABS), the society whose members are four Nobel Prize winners. In addition, he serves as the president of the Croatian Competitiveness Cluster for Personalized Medicine and the President of the Croatian Society for Human Genetics.
Prof. Primorac authored close to 200 scientific papers and abstracts in clinical and molecular medicine, genetics, forensic science, population genetics, genetic legacy of Homo sapiens, and education, science, and technology policy. Currently, he is interested in metabolic bone and cartilage disorders, sports medicine, and personalized and regenerative medicine.