Scientific Board

Scientific Board


Prof. Hrvoje Brkić, President of the Scientific Board, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine


Scientific Board members:
Prof. Kurt W. Alt
Prof. Zvonimir Kaić
Prof. Jadranka Keros
Prof. G. Richard Scott
Prof. Tore Solheim

Prof. Mario Šlaus

Assoc. Prof. Inger Wårdh



Professor Hrvoje Brkić, DMD, MSc, PhD – President of the Scientific Board


Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Hrvoje Brkić was born on August 12th 1963 in Zagreb. In 1988 he graduated from the School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb. Ever since December 1988 he has been working at the Department of Dental Anthropology. He has been teaching dental morphology and courses in forensic dentistry in the graduate and postgraduate studies. Until today he has been managing several Croatian scientific projects as well as two international projects financed by the EU. Since 2003 he has been the vice dean of the School of Dental Medicine, and from 2012 he has been the Dean. Hrvoje Brkić has actively participated at numerous international conferences and published more than 100 scientific and professional publications, books, and book chapters. He is a member of several international editorial boards and since 2006 he has been the editor-in-chief of the journal Acta stomatologica Croatica. He is married and father of three children. Personal web site:


Kurt Alt

Professor Kurt W. Alt, DMD, PhD


Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Natural and Cultural History of Man at the Danube Private University, Krems-Stein, Austria


Kurt W. Alt studied physics and dentistry and received his dental degree (DMD) from the Freie University Berlin, Germany. In 1992, he completed his studies in biological anthropology and prehistory at the University of Freiburg, Germany (Dr. habil.). Afterwards, he worked as an anthropologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Duesseldorf, Germany and was a lecturer at the Universities of Freiburg and Duesseldorf. From 1999 to 2013, he was full professor of anthropology at the University of Mainz, Germany and head of the Bioarchaeology group. His main areas of research expertise are in biological anthropology, molecular (ancient DNA) and biogeochemistry (stable isotopes). His research focuses on sex determination, genetic kinship, population genetics, and the evolution of disease, the reconstruction of subsistence patterns, diet, mobility and migration. This data are used to trace intra-population diversity, population dynamics and demographic and epidemiological processes fundamental to the understanding of biological and cultural evolution. Since his retirement, he has been working as a Professor at the Danube Private University, in Krems, Austria, heading the Center of Natural and Cultural History of Man. His operates within a global research network, which comprises the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science unit at the University of Basel, Switzerland, the MPI for Human History in Jena, Germany, the Harvard University population genetic group in Boston, USA, and numerous archaeological institutions worldwide. Working in the fields of human population structure and dynamics, and evolutionary medicine, with a special focus on dental anthropology, his most recent research focusses on the interface of cultural and natural history with medicine.



Zvonimir Kaić

Professor Zvonimir Kaić, DMD, PhD


Retired Full Professor, Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


Specialist of Paediatric & Social Dentistry

Born: 1942, Livno, BiH

Graduated at School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb 1965, PhD Thesis as well in 1983 „The effect of castration and testosterone on the activity of (Na+/K+) – dependent ATP-ase in mouse submaxillary gland and kidney“.

He had been worked at School of Dental Medicine (1968 – 2007) and University Dental Clinic in Zagreb (1968 – 2007).

Dental Anthropology, Oro-facial Genetics and History of Health Culture have been in his focus.

He was the principal researcher of several scientific projects and tutor of diploma, masters and PhD thesis.

He published 151 scientific and professional works.

He is CMA honorary member (2006), CDC Charter award (2013)

CAMS Fellow (1994).     E-mail:



Jadranka Keros

Professor Jadranka Keros, DMD, MSc, PhD


Retired full professor, Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


Date of birth 19th January 1948. in Dubrovnik. 1966. secondary education, Dubrovnik, Croatia; 1966. School of Dental Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia; 1968. Rector’s reward for excellent students; 1970. Rector’s reward for excellent students; 1972. graduated from School of Dental Medicine in Zagreb  1974.-1978. postgraduate study in Dental Medicine; 1978. Master thesis at School of Dental Medicine; 1978. Assistant at the Department of Dental Anthropology and Dental Clinic; 1979. education in Craniofacial growth; 1980. Acupuncture in Dental Practice, Clinical Hospital «M. Stojanović»; 1982. education in Histological Techniques in Dental Medicine, School of Medicine; 1983. international project Alps – Adria; 1984. PhD at School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb; 1985. secretary in Croatian Medical Association;  1990. lecturing « Biomechanics  in orofacial region « in postgraduate study; 1992. specialist in Dental and Oral Pathology and Parodontology; 1998. president of section for Permanent education in stomatology CDC; 1999. lecturing in Forensic dentistry;  1999.-2003. Deans assistant for postgraduate education; 2004.-2007. Dean of School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb; 2004. member of the board  of CDC. During her scientific career, she published over 180 bibliographic units, and took part in seven scientific projects. Professor Keros is a member of IADR, FDI, European Anthropological Association (EAA);European Federation for Experimental Morphology (EFEM); International Federation of Anatomical Association (IFAA); Croatian Association of Anatomist, Histologist and Embryologist; Croatian Association for Calcified Tissue; Croatian Association for anthropology; Croatian Association for Biomechanics; Croatian Association for Restorative  Dentistry. E-mail:



GR Scott

Professor G. Richard Scott


Professor of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Richard Scott received his PhD in 1973 at Arizona State University under the mentorship of Christy G. Turner II. He taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks between 1973 and 1997 and has served at the University of Nevada Reno since 2001 where he is currently Professor of Anthropology. He and Turner are the primary architects of the Arizona State University Dental Anthropology System.  In 1997, he co-authored The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth with Turner and has since co-edited two books with Joel D. Irish – Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation (2013) and A Companion to Dental Anthropology (2015).  Another volume co-authored with Irish nearing completion is A Guidebook to Tooth Crown and Root Morphology:  The Arizona State University Dental Anthropology System, which should appear in late 2016.  His regional focus has been on Southwest U.S. Indians, Alaskan Eskimos, Norse in the North Atlantic, and Spanish Basques.  Although his research centers on tooth crown and root morphology, he has covered the dental anthropological gamut, from odontometrics and linear enamel hypoplasia to dental wear and chipping.  He and a colleague at UNR pioneered the extraction of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes from dental calculus and are currently pursuing this topic with samples from around the world.  During the 2016/2017 academic year, he will spend a sabbatical leave at the University of Adelaide working with two new co-authors, Professors Grant C. Townsend and Maria Martinon-Torres, on the 2nd edition of The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth. E-mail:


Tore Solheim

Professor Tore Solheim, dr. odont.


Professor emeritus, University of Oslo, Dental Faculty

Professor in oral pathology and forensic odontology at the Dental Faculty of Oslo from 1995 to 2013. Dental education is from Oslo 1966. In 1971 started training in forensic odontology, and was in 1974 attached to the Department of Oral Pathology as associate professor with special responsibility for forensic odontology. 

            Main Teaching responsibility has been for forensic odontology and general pathology. When the permanent Norwegian Identification Commission was created in 1975, he was appointed a member and retired 2010.  Within the Commission he has for many years been responsible for most of the dental identification in single cases and also in a number of major disasters, including the “Alexander L Kielland” oil rig disaster in 1980, where 124 persons died, the “Scandinavian Star” ferry disaster in 1990, where 158 people died, and also the Russian Tupolev disaster at Svalbard 1996, where 141 people died. In 2004/2005 he was head of the Norwegian dental ID-team after the tsunami in Thailand.  81 Norwegian citizens died and all were identified.  In 2011 he took part in the identification after the terror killings July 22. In 1976 he was acknowledged by the Department of Justice as a forensic medical expert in odontologic questions.

            In 1982 a study-leave for forensic odontology in Adelaide, Australia (Dr. Kenneth Brown), in 1983 in Seattle, USA  (Dr. Thomas Morton) and in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia (Dr. John Clement)

            Main research interest has been identification techniques, especially age estimation in adults.  In 1993 dr. odont. for the thesis “Dental age-related regressive changes and a new method for calculating the age of an individual”.  In 2002 developed the project of age estimation in young asylum seekers at the Dental Faculty for the Foreign Department of Norway.  E-mail:


Mario Šlaus


Professor Mario Šlaus, MSc, PhD


Professor of anthropology, Director of the Anthropological Center, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

I was born on September 08. 1959. I attended elementary school in Croatia and Los Angeles USA, and High School in Zagreb Croatia. From 1978-1983 I attended the School of Medicine University of Zagreb, and from 1984–1989 I studied archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb. In 1991 I received a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. I received a MSc in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Zagreb in 1992, and a Ph.D. from the same University in 1996. 
From 1990 – present I am employed at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb (CASA), first in the Department of Archaeology, and from 2012 as the Director of the Anthropological center of the CASA. From 2001 – present I am additionally employed at the Dept. of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb as a Full professor and am also, from 2004 – present a Full Professor of Anthropology at the Dept. of Archaeology, University of Zadar.
My main fields of research are: physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology.
I am, and have been, the lead researcher on several scientific grants including a joint Smithsonian-Croatian project dealing with Forensic analyses of war victims and a joint scientific project whose realization depended on the joint efforts of 20 senior and 10 junior researchers from South East Europe. 
I am a member of numerous professional associations including the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the International Association for Paleodontology, and the European generation of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. 
From 1993 – present I participated in pro bono work related to the recovery, identification and analysis of the cause of death of 2143 victims from the 1991 war in Croatia. 
I have established and developed the Osteological collection at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. This collection currently holds approximately 5 500 skeletons from 34 archaeological sites in Croatia dated from the Mesolithic to the Historic period. 

Inger Wardh

Associate Professor Inger Wårdh, DDS, PhD

Head of the section for Geriatric dentistry, Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Main responsible for courses in Geriatric dentistry and ethics in the basic education programs for dentist and dental hygienist students. Only Karolinska institute has Geriatric dentistry in the curriculum for dentists in Sweden. Besides this, also responsible for postgraduate education in Geriatric dentistry for dentists and dental hygienists.
Works part time as a researcher at Academic center for Geriatric dentistry, ACT, at Stockholm nursing home and has many research contacts with both Swedish and foreign colleagues of different professions concerning the elderly’s health situation. Supervise four PhD students, has been the main opponent of three PhD dissertations and member of three examination boards for PhD dissertations.
The ongoing projects are related to medical screening in dentistry, prosthetic replacements in patients with functional limitations, chewing function and the use of handheld computers for knowledge transition in health care. Dr Wårdh also runs a project about domiciliary dental care for dependent elderly that involves both public and private dental care and continuing supervise several master projects. All projects include both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Dr Wårdh is vice president and member of the expert board in the Swedish association for orofacial medicine, and also hold the position as president for National Society for Research in Ageing. She has today 37 published or accepted international scientific papers and received the year 2011 the Swedish dental association prize for promoting good oral health. E-mail: