Introduction- Tomislav Mestrovic, Croatia

24 March, 2019

Esteemed HIFA Moderators,

Dear HIFA Members,

Many thanks for welcoming me to HIFA, therefore I will use this opportunity to shortly introduce myself. I'm a medical doctor and clinical microbiologist with a PhD in biomedical sciences from Croatia, and a clinical director of a microbiology laboratory with leadership experience in antibiotic stewardship areas, healthcare epidemiology, quality improvement ventures and coordination of a clinical/epidemiological research unit. I am also passionately invested in global health communication, health literacy and science journalism, writing articles for multiple online venues and promoting the access to health information for everybody.

I also recently finished MSc in Public Health (with concentration in health systems management) at the London School for Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London) among the top of the class (with distinction). Currently I am finishing a one-year speciality training program in clinical research at Harvard Medical School, for which I received a scholarship.

Hitherto I have authored or co-authored more than hundred peer-reviewed journal publications, conference abstracts and oral communications– most of them as the first and/or corresponding author. Furthermore, I am a Croatian collaborator in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project ran by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Moreover, my professional observerships in the World Health Organization (Copenhagen, Denmark) and ECDC (Stockholm, Sweden), and my leadership work in the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) gave me an understanding how to manage big research groups.

On an academic scale I am and Assistant Professor and course coordinator for five undergraduate and graduate subjects at University North in Croatia, which is a public university. I'm also one of the founders of the recently introduced Master study programme "Management in nursing". In addition, last year I was appointed by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia as a Managing Committee Member to COST Action on evidence-based medicine run by the European Union (CA 17117).

I also hold several positions in international societies that resulted in many volunteering initiatives. As a former ASM's Young Ambassador of Science, former ASM’s Chair of Young Leaders Circle (and current member), Antibiotic Action Champion of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and Chief Operating Partner in Croatia for the International HPV Awareness Day Alliance (in collaboration with the International Papillomavirus Society), I coordinated various initiatives and organized international scientific events.

Moreover, I gave professional talks at the world's biggest conferences. For example, during ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta I gave a talk regarding my career path entitled "Bridging Leadership Roles in Academic Research, Clinical Practice and Science Communication" at POM Hub Track Session. Furthermore, during ASM Microbe 2017 in New Orleans I gave a talk on how Croatia eliminated malaria in 1954 at a symposium co-sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I believe my European vantage and tight collaboration with these diverse societies may prove very valuable for future HIFA programs.

Kind regards,

Tomislav Meštrović

HIFA Profile: Tomislav Mestrovic is Assistant Professor/Clinical Microbiologist at University North/Polyclinic "Dr. Zora Profozic", Croatia.

Professional interests: Medicine, Research, Higher Education, Science Communication, Science Diplomacy.

Email address: tomislav.mestrovic AT gmail.com