Majda Zorec Karlovšek is a member of the Expert Council and expert associate of the Institute. She acquired considerable work experience at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine and Deontology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. She devoted her pedagogic, professional and research work to the development of forensic toxicology and the transfer of knowledge and research results into the area of public health, above all with the aim to improve safety and health at work and in road transport. She has been working as a court expert in forensic toxicology for years and is an active member of Forensic Toxicology and Other Forensics Development Society (FORTOX). She is a member of the International Association on Forensic Toxicology (TIAFT) and was the chair of the organisation committee of the 44th TIAFT Annual Congress in Ljubljana. She is also a member of the Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry (GTFc), the International Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Transport Safety (ICADTS) and the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EDWTS). As a DAAD grantee, she gained new experience and knowledge at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Gottingen. As part of university exchange, she cooperated with the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Leipzig and the Institute for Forensic Medicine at the Palacki University in Olomouc, where she acquired her habilitation as assistant professor. She was a member of the Veterinary Drug Committee, the vice-president of the Slovenian Toxicology Society and herewith a member of the Interdepartmental Committee on Chemical Safety of the Republic of Slovenia, which she chaired for one year. She was the patient’s rights ombudsman at the Institute of Public Health Ljubljana for three years. She wrote more than 250 publications, including articles, congress lectures and seminars as well as scientific texts.
In her work and role as a lecturer, she often faces issues related to cannabis and the effects of cannabinoids on the endocannabinoid system. She is convinced that cannabinoid use for medical purposes represents a big challenge, whereby she especially stresses the necessity to provide for safety, efficiency and quality of preparations, medicine and food supplements. She also stresses the importance of safety and health at work and in road transport.
Following her graduation and after acquiring her M. Sc. in physical chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, she successfully defended her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana. She received the Krka and Prešeren student awards for her work and later mentored and co-mentored many graduates and award-recipients.