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From swift departure to UHN Senior Scientist: researcher finds a new home

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Milos Popovic
Milos Popovic is a Senior Scientist at UHN at Toronto Rehab Institute and Associate Director at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. (Photo: UHN)

When he first landed in Toronto 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.

He is one of many UHN employees who have come to Canada from around the world. In this country, and at UHN, they have found a new home.

To celebrate Canada 150, we're telling audio stories in a podcast series to celebrate our diverse community at UHN. Every Thursday, we'll share a new story about one of our employees who came to Canada from around the world, or a story about an employee whose family has called Canada home for thousands of years. Tune in weekly for a new story on our podcast, Home.

Listen to Milos' full story by subscribing to Home on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play and Podbean. You can also follow along on UHN's Podcast Hub.​

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