Igor Rudan graduated from the Zagreb University Medical School, Croatia, in 1995; obtained Masters in Anthropology (1997) and Epidemiology (1999); PhD in Public Health (1998) and Genetics (2005); published 500+ research papers and 8 books, receiving >90,000 citations.
Awarded 22 national and international prizes and recognitions. Led 29 research grants totalling about GBP 32 million; founded the Croatian Biobank “10001 Dalmatians” (in 2001), contributing to the discovery of biomedical role for >2,000 human genes.
In international health efforts to reduce global child mortality, served as a consultant of the WHO, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, Save the Children and others. Developed the CHNRI method, and the EQUIST, PLANET and PATHS tools, used to prioritise investments in global health. Founded Croatian Centre for Global Health (in 2008), Edinburgh University Global Health Society (2011), “Journal of Global Health” (in 2011), WHO’s Collaborating Centre in Edinburgh (in 2013) and Centre for Global Health Research in Edinburgh (in 2015).
In 2007, had the greatest increase in the number of citations in the world within his field, according to the ISI/Thomson Reuters; obtained “highly cited researcher” status (2015-2018). Received Wellcome Trust’s International Research Development Award (2002), “Scientist of the Year” Award in Croatia (2005), Affiliation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012) and The Chancellor’s Award (2012). Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2016, when he was listed among “Croatian Persons of the Year” by three major Croatian newspapers.