A journey to Canada and transforming lives through neurorehabilitation

Air Date: October 29, 2019 | Length: 32:03

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Episode Description:

In this episode of Behind the Breakthrough, we sit down with Dr. Milos Popovic to hear about his transformational shift from aerospace engineering to rehabilitation research, and how it led to his invention of a medical device that delivers electrical stimulation to restore upper limb mobility to people with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and stroke.

Originally from Belgrade, Dr. Popovic shares how he narrowly escaped Yugoslavia’s brutal civil war as military soldiers banged on doors looking for conscripts. By fate, he received a call from a professor at the University of Toronto asking if he’d like to come study in Canada, and just days later he was on a flight to Toronto. That professor, Dr. Andrew Goldenberg, spearheaded the field of robotics at U of T and would become Dr. Popovic’s longtime mentor, empowering him to then mentor a new generation of scientists at Toronto Rehab.

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About Dr. Milos Popovic

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Dr. Milos R. Popovic is an award-winning scientist, director of Toronto Rehab’s research arm, KITE, and tenured professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, at the University of Toronto.

After receiving an Electrical Engineer degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1990, Dr. Popovic went on to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1996. He has since served as the associate scientific director and Toronto Rehab Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research from 2001-2017 and is the co-founder and CEO of MyndTec, a medical technology company seeking to develop innovative therapies that improve and enhance the quality of life for individuals with paralysis as a result of a stroke or spinal cord injury.

About the Host

Christian Cote is Special Advisor — Strategy and New Media in UHN’s Public Affairs department. One of his primary roles is writing and producing compelling print and emotive video stories about UHN doctors, researchers, scientists and health care workers that target a mainstream audience. Prior to joining UHN in 2010, Cote was an award-winning investigative and sports television producer for TV networks including CBC, CTV, Discovery Channel, and APTN.

Produced By: Jordana Goldman and Jessie Park | Host: Christian Cote | Studio Engineer: Tim Chipman