The University of Zagreb is the oldest Croatian university and also the oldest university in South East Europe. The university was officially founded 23 September 1669 by Emperor and King Leopold I Habsburg who issued a decree granting the status and privileges of a university to the Jesuit Academy of the Royal Free City of Zagreb. According to that document the study of philosophy in Zagreb acquired a formal and legal status as Neoacademia Zagrabiensis and officially became a public institution of higher education.

The Academy was run by the Jesuits for more than a century when the Jesuit order was dissolved by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. Under a new leadership in 1772 the Academy enrolled a total of 200 students. In 1776 Empress and Queen Maria Theresa issued a decree founding the Royal Academy of Science (Regia Scientiarum Academia) consisting of three studies or faculties - Philosophy, Theology and Law. The former political-cameral studies became part of the newly established Faculty of Law, and thus were integrated into the Academy. Each of the faculties of the Royal Academy of Sciences had several chairs teaching one or several courses.

The Academy in Zagreb remained until 1874, despite numerous organizational changes, the focal institution of higher education in Croatia, educating most of the members of the Croatian intelligentsia. Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer in 1861 proposed to the Croatian Parliament that a legal basis be established for the founding of the University of Zagreb. During his visit to Zagreb in 1869 the Emperor Franz Joseph signed the Decree on the Establishment of the University of Zagreb. Five years later the Parliament passed the Act of Founding, which was ratified by the Emperor on 5 January 1874. On 19 October 1874 a ceremony was held in the name of the founding of the modern University of Zagreb.


Dr. Neven Henigsberg

Dr Henigsberg, Head of the Department for Medical research Trials at CIBR, participated in 18 multicentre, controlled pharmacological studies. He is the author of 56 publications in past 10 years, the majority being related to psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology commonly used psychiatric rating scales. Dr Henigsberg participated in international research project in psychiatric genetics and has performed four pharmacoeconomic studies. He attended and organized local GCP trainings and trainings in EMEA/ ICH principles in methodology of psychiatric research, and also participated in the development of 8 controlled medical study designs. Dr Henigsberg performed data analyses for 28 pharmacological studies and was the author of two phase II study reports, and was a principal investigator in 4 studies in psychiatric epidemiology and one pharmacogenetic research in the analysis of therapeutic outcomes. He was a researcher in 2 scientific projects analyzing neuroimaging parameters in psychiatric disorders. Apart from the pharmacological studies, Dr Henigsberg was a researcher in 5 projects approved by the Croatian Ministry of Science, in 5 international research projects, 3 in cooperation with the WHO.

Vera Folnegovic-Smalc

Vera Folnegovic-Smalc, Head of Vrapce University Department of Psychiatry and President of the Croatian Association for Clinical Psychiatry, participated in 34 multicentre, controlled pharmacological studies (8 studies related to mood disorders), including formal training in psychiatric rating scales. She has performed four phase II studiesk, and was involved in 2 international research projects in the genetics of mood disorders and schizophrenia. She participated in the development of 6 controlled medical study protocols, was the principal investigator of 6 studies in psychiatric epidemiology, was involved in 8 and the principal investigator in 3 projects approved by the Croatian Ministry of Science, and the principal investigator of 14 other research projects. She was the principal investigator at a site positively evaluated by the FDA. She has published 76 publications in the past 10 years, mostly related to psychiatry, genetics and psychiatric epidemiology.

Maja Bajs

Maja Bajs has participated in 15 multicenter, multinational controlled pharmacological studies (all involving taking biological samples and their analysis at a central site) and in 15 trainings for application of psychiatric rating scales. She was involved in 2 international projects, 3 projects approved by the Croatian Ministry of Science and in 6 other research projects, and participated in 2 studies in psychiatric epidemiology. She is the author of 23 publications in the past 10 years, mostly related to psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology.

Marija Heffer-Lauc

Marija Heffer Lauc has had a 5-year collaboration with the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Maryland, Baltimore). She was the principal investigator in a project analysing the role of biochemical markers for Adhesiveness of neurons (inhibitors of neurite outgrowth). She has been involved her in 4 projects approved by the Croatian Ministry of Science, and in one international research project. She is the author of 14 publications in the past 10 years, mostly related to neuronal plasticity.

Gordan Lauc

Gordan Lauc (GL), Head of the Biochemistry Department, is author of over 30 scientific publications in international journals. GL is principal investigator for one national research project, and Foreign PI for a FIRCA grant financed by NIH of USA. During the past years GL was active in 4 Croatian and two international research projects. GL is currently appointed as Visiting Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.