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University of Split – UNIST

The University of Split, UNIST (established in 1974) is a comprehensive scientific and teaching institution, consisting of 11 Faculties, 1 Academy of Arts and 4 Departments. There are around 20,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes. The University of Split (UNIST) has a strong research and teaching group in research methodology, research ethics/integrity, and evidence-based medicine. The research group, composed of researchers from the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health, has introduced a new vertically integrated undergraduate course in biomedicine and health, which develops the knowledge and skills of medical students in critical thinking, assessing and using the latest evidence in clinical practice and assuring the quality control of health care, including the integrity of professional practice and research. Members of University of Split School of Medicine (USSM) also have expertise in innovative training methods and creating innovative teaching tools and practices, particularly in the field of evidence based medicine, personalized medicine and research integrity.

Due to extensive experience of USSM in creating and testing educational interventions, our team will be involved in the creation of pedagogical framework and definition of transversal skills, methodological guide with teaching-learning strategies, and creation of the toolkit with educational resources for integration of transversal skills. We will coordinate the training of teaching staff and will host one of the two planned training activities within the project.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: 

Prof. Ana Marušić (f), MD, PhD, journal editor, group leader, has expertise in research integrity and research and publication ethics. She is Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the USSM and holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. She is the Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Health and President of the European Association of Science Editors. She chairs the Research Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors. Prof. Marušić is the founder of the Cochrane Croatia and takes responsibility for Research as its Research Coordinator. She is on the Steering Group of the EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) Network. She has several significant academic achievements including authorship of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and was heavily involved with creating the policy of mandatory registration of clinical trials in public registries which helped change the legal regulation of clinical trials worldwide. She has received several awards for her research, including the Meritorious Award from the Council of Science Editors in 2016.

Sandra Kostić (f), PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Histology and Embryology at USSM. Her expertise is in innovative training methods, particularly in personalized medicine. She is currently coordinating the Erasmus+ KA2 project on the behalf of UNIST on creating innovative teaching tools and practices for inquiry-based online learning of P4 Medicine and responsible research and innovation principles.