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Igor Grabovac
Dr. med.univ. Igor GrabovacResident Physician - PhD Student

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

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 main research focus are psychosocial influences in the working environment and how those influence the health and well being of workers, which in turn influences their overall job performance and productivity. For some time have been working in issues of discrimination based on sexual orientation and its influence on workers in health care. My work also covers issues of neuro-, cognitive and organisational ergonomics and how these new emerging fields of knowledge can better benefit workers and their health.

For my doctoral dissertation I am focusing on an array of public health issues concerning people living with HIV in Austria. Special intentions are given to smoking habits and willingness to quit smoking, quality of life, health literacy and use of drugs. 

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. Grabovac I, Abramovic M, Komlenovic G, Milosevic M, Mustajbegovic J. Attitudes towards and Knowledge about Homosexuality among Medical Students in Zagreb. Coll Antropol. 2014;38:39-45.
  4. Stefanac S, Grabovac I. Occupational therapy with people affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Medicus 2013;22(1):7-12.