EducationPhD University of Oslo (Norway), 1996 (Epidemiology)
MS University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1991 (Biostatistics)
MD University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1987 (Internal Medicine)
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Dr. Kopjar is an internationally recognized scholar and expert in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. He serves as an author/co-author on over 500 published original articles, reviews, technical reports and abstracts. His research interests include: spinal cord injury and diseases, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, preventive medicine and healthcare reform. Dr. Kopjar has been actively participating in the design, management and analysis of clinical trials and medical research for more than 30 years. He is a frequent contributor to such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Neurosurgery, the American Journal of Public Health, Spine and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In the 1990’s he served as the research director for the Norwegian Foundation for Health Services Research and department head of the Section for Preventive Medicine at the Norwegian National Institute of Public Health. As a consultant, he works closely with the leading global pharmaceutical, medical device and venture capital firms in regards to determining the efficacy, safety and investment value of medical technologies. Dr. Kopjar is active in a variety of research organizations including: AOSpine North America, The North American Spine Society (NASS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and the International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN). He serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and he is the current director of the Executive Master of Public Health program at the University of Washington. Dr. Kopjar holds the title of Distinguished Professor at Chongqing University in China. In the 2000's he held the title of Adviser to the Minister of Health for two European governments. He is a past recipient of the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year award.
Fehlings MG, Nakashima H, Nagoshi N, Chow DS, Grossman RG, Kopjar B. Rationale, design and critical end points for the Riluzole in Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study (RISCIS): a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled parallel multi-center trial. Spinal Cord. 2015 Jun 23. doi: 10.1038/sc.2015.95. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26099215
Tetreault L, Kopjar B, Côté P, Arnold P, Fehlings MG. A Clinical Prediction Rule for Functional Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Analysis of an International Prospective Multicenter Data Set of 757 Subjects. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Dec 16;97(24):2038-46. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.O.00189. PMID: 26677238
Liu S, Tetreault L, Fehlings MG, Challier V, Smith JS, Shaffrey CI, Arnold PM, Scheer JK, Chapman JR, Kopjar B, Protopsaltis TS, Lafage V, Schwab F, Massicotte EM, Yoon ST, Ames CP. Novel Method Using Baseline Normalization and Area Under the Curve to Evaluate Differences in Outcome Between Treatment Groups and Application to Patients With Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Undergoing Anterior Versus Posterior Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Dec;40(24):E1299-304. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001152. PMID: 26335673
Tetreault L, Tan G, Kopjar B, Côté P, Arnold P, Nugaeva N, Barbagallo G, Fehlings MG. Clinical and Surgical Predictors of Complications Following Surgery for the Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Results From the Multicenter, Prospective AOSpine International Study of 479 Patients. Neurosurgery. 2015 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26619333
PI: Kopjar Dates: 4/1/2011 - 12/31/2016
The aim of this study is to evaluate efficacy and safety of riluzole in the treatment of patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI).
Efficacy of Riluzole in Surgical Treatment for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM-Protect)
Study of the efficacy of Riluzole in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing surgical treatment. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center study