In September 2020, former UHN trainee Dr. Luka Milosevic joined the Krembil Research Institute as a Scientist. Dr. Milosevic is a biomedical engineer, researcher and intraoperative neurophysiologist.
Dr. Milosevic’s research has provided his field with a deeper understanding of how electrical impulses that are generated during deep brain stimulation (DBS) regulate brain activity. Most notably, he found that DBS can induce long-lasting changes to brain activity that persist after stimulation—a key finding in the search for new treatments for neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease.
Dr. Milosevic also plays a clinical role monitoring patients’ brain activity during surgeries to guide the placement of DBS devices.
“It is very fulfilling knowing that with our research and with each surgery we are helping to improve the quality of life and independence of the individuals we treat.”
Start-up funding will help Dr. Milosevic build a research program with a diverse team of talented trainees. His team will leverage the access to intracranial human brain recordings in order to gain a deeper understanding of physiological processes underlying disorders of the nervous system, with the overall aim of developing novel therapeutic brain stimulation approaches.
Dr. Milosevic is cross-appointed to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor and will collaborate with CRANIA and The KITE Research Institute as an Affiliate Scientist.
“Krembil is the world-leading center for deep brain stimulation research and is home to unique and state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the CRANIA neuromodulation suite. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the incredibly talented scientists at Krembil and contributing positively to the lives of individuals living with neurological conditions.”
Most recently, Dr. Milosevic was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Neuromodulation and Neurotechnology at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto, where he was supervised by Dr. Milos Popovic, Director of The KITE Research Institute, and Dr. William Hutchison, Senior Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute.