When he first landed in Toronto, ON after a flight from his home city of Belgrade, Serbia, Milos Popovic’s main concern was where he was going to sleep that night.
“My situation was a little bit nuts,” recalls Milos, now a senior scientist and the associate director at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. “I received the call from my supervisor telling me that my student visa is in the embassy and I should go and take it and come to Toronto in the next 24 hours or 48 hours.
“So I went, got my visa, bought a suitcase, filled my luggage, bought a ticket and flew the day after.”
Fast forward 26 years, and Milos now has a lab at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre, where his team is designing prosthetic systems that allow patients with paralysis to move again.
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