Assoc. Prof. Željka Petelin Gadže, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist-epileptologist, scientific adviser, works at the Department of Neurology, Zagreb University Hospital Centre and School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, from 2001. From April 2017 she is Head of the Referral Centre for Epilepsy of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. She is also Past President of the Croatian Society for EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology of the Croatian Medical Association. Her special interests are dedicated to epileptology, electroencephalography, and especially to the preoperative evaluation and neurosurgical treatment of pharmacoresistant epilepsy, including neuromodulation therapy with vagus nerve stimulation. Following education at the Clinic for Epileptology of the University of Bonn, Germany, and at the Schweizerisches Epilepsie-Zentrum, Zürich, as a member of interdisciplinary team for epilepsy surgery, with Prof. Sanja Hajnšek, M.D., Ph.D., she has introduced new diagnostic procedures in Croatia: semi-invasive video-EEG monitoring with sphenoidal electrodes, and invasive video-EEG monitoring after implantation of subdural and depth brain electrodes, with the cortical stimulation procedure. She was a member of the interdisciplinary team which successfully performed first Wada test in November 2009 and first brain operation of the patient with pharmacoresistant epilepsy in April 2010 (in Croatia and the region), after implantation of depth and subdural strip and grid electrodes and invasive monitoring.
In January 2017 she has been chosen to scientific-educational profession Associate Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, where she has been actively involved in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including Medical Studies in English. In 2018 she has completed ILAE-VIREPA Advanced Course “EEG in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy“ and was awarded with an Honors Certificate. Besides doctoral dissertation she has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in the field of neurology, from which 44 are original scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 15 chapters in the books; she is editor of one international and three domestic books. She has held 60 invited lectures at domestic and international scientific conferences. She is member of the Editorial board of one domestic and two international journals. She is CONY 2019 and CONY 2020 Ambassador for Croatia.