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Igor Grabovac
Dr. med. Dr. scient. med. Igor GrabovacResident Physician

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: Doctor-in-training

ORCID: 0000-0001-9605-1467
T +43 1 40160-34895


Healthy Worker Effect; HIV; Homosexuality; Internal Medicine; Mental Health; Occupational Health; Public Health; Social Discrimination; Social Stigma; Sports Medicine

Research interests

My research focus encompasses a variety of public health topics, ranging from HIV/AIDS epidemiology, health promotion in PLWHIV to issues of discrimination in health care as well as healthy working places and occupational health and medicine. I have also conducted research into issues of behavioural medicine and on changing behaviour that negatively influences health. 


Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Clinical physiological tests: ergometry, spirometry, spiroergometry, methacoline provocation tests, allergy testing, whole body composition scanning, tilt-tests, audiometry, BSA. Toxicological anaylises (heavy metal and other enviromental toxins).  


Selected publications

  1. Brath, H. et al., 2016. Prevalence and Correlates of Smoking and Readiness to Quit Smoking in People Living with HIV in Austria and Germany X. Chen, ed. PLoS ONE, 11(2), p.e0150553. Available at:
  2. Grabovac, I. & Mustajbegović, J., 2015. Healthy occupational culture for a worker-friendly workplace / Kultura zdravih organizacija - radna mjesta prijatelji radnika. Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, 66(1), pp.1-8. Available at:
  3. Jordakieva, G. et al., 2018. Occupational exposure to ultrafine particles in police officers: no evidence for adverse respiratory effects. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 13(1). Available at:
  4. Kutalek, R., Jirovsky, E. & Grabovac, I., 2018. From macro- to microfactors in health: Social science approaches in research on sexually transmitted infections. PLOS Medicine, 15(1), p.e1002490. Available at:
  5. Grabovac, I. et al., 2017. Clinical setting-based smoking cessation programme and the quality of life in people living with HIV in Austria and Germany. Quality of Life Research, 26(9), pp.2387-2395. Available at: