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professor of pharmacology at the University of Belgrade

At the beginning, my interest in science was predefined by my birth, as I was born to and raised by two scientists – my mother was a biochemist, and my father was a histologist. Later on, I found pleasure in studying science at school. Science could meet my curiosity in life, and could help me to understand how the world is conceived and how it functions.

In adulthood I became attracted by medicine, which gives science an important, humanitarian dimension. When I faced the limits of present-day therapy, I picked up research in pharmacology as my final vocation, in order to try to contribute to the discovery of more efficient new treatment.

Despite many disappointments, I didn’t give up, as I found pleasure in creating scientific contributions even with very modest funding. Science has helped me develop a critical way of thinking, that I can use for teaching students present therapeutics and the directions of the development of new therapeutic strategies.