Clinical Research Units

Rehabilitation Clinical Research Unit (UReCA)

Unit Presentation

The Rehabilitation Clinical Research Unit (UReCA) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, physicians and rehabilitation professionals from the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Center (CRME) whose mandate is to contribute to the development and promotion of research related to children and teenagers living with a motor or language impairment in order to provide greater autonomy, so they can be successful in everyday life through an optimal social integration and social participation.


  • Gait Analysis Laboratory
  • Communication Laboratory
  • Movement and Cognition Laboratory
  • Speech Laboratory
  • Robotics Laboratory

Training programs

MENTOR – CIHR Training Program in Mobility and Posture Disorders

MÉDITIS – NSERC Training Program in Biomedical Technology



Membership and collaboration

Associate Researchers
Royle, Phaedra
Trudeau, Natacha
Valiquette, Christine

Research Coordinator
Roxane Bernier, MSc, DEA Sociology
Development and Promotion – Pediatric Rehabilitation
Ph.: (514) 345-4931, Ext. 8122

Postdoctoral Fellows
Auvinet, Édouard
Bourguignon, Nicolas
Dal Maso, Fabien
Turgeon, Christine
Veilleux, Louis-Nicolas

Significant clinical research publications

  1. Ballaz, L., Huffenus, A-F., Lamarre, C., Koclas, L. & Lemay, M. (2012). Effects of forced use therapy on posture in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A pilot study. Journal of Rehabilitation Medecine, 44(3):268-71.
  2. Ballaz L., Plamondon, S. & Lemay, M. (2011). Group aquatic training improves gait efficiency in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(17-18):1616-24.
  3. Fortin C., Ehrmann Feldman, D., Cheriet, F., Gravel, D., Gauthier, F. & Labelle, H. (2012). Reliability of a quantitative of a clinical posture assessment tool among persons with idiopathic scoliosis. Physiotherapy, 98(1): 64-75.
  4. Fortin C., Ehrmann Feldman, D., Cheriet, F. & Labelle, H. (2011). Clinical methods for quantifiying body segment posture: A literature review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(15):367-383.
  5. Frossard, L., Stevenson. N., Sullivan, J., Uden, M. & Pearcy, M. (2011). Categorisation of activities of daily living of lower limb amputees during short-term use of a portable kinetic recording system: A preliminary study. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 23(1):2-11.
  6. Frossard, L., Cheze, L. & Dumas, R. (2011). Dynamic input to determine hip joint moments, power and work on the prosthetic limb of transfemoral amputees: Ground reactions vs knee reactions. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 35(2):140-50.
  7. Laberge, M., Vézina, N., Calvet, B., Lévesque, S. & Vézina-Nadon, L. (2012). Supervision of apprentices in semiskilled trades and OHS: Differences between program stipulations and workplace realities. Industrial Relations, 67(2):199-219.
  8. Laberge, M., Vézina, N. & Saint-Charles, J. (2012). Safe and healthy integration into semiskilled jobs: Does gender matter? Work, (41):4642-4649.
  9. Robert, M., Ballaz L., Hart, R. & Lemay, M. (2013). Evaluating exercice intensity levels in children with cerebral palsy playing the Wii, 93(8):1084-91.
  10. Lemay, M., Lê, T.T. & Lamarre, C. (2012). Deficits in two versions of a sustained attention test in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(4), 253-258.
  11. MacLeod, A.A.N., Sutton, A., Trudeau, N. & Thordardottir, E. (2011). The acquisition of consonants in Québécois French: A cross-sectional study of preschool age children. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(2):93-109.
  12. Charron, L. & MacLeod, A.A.N., (2010) La dyspraxie verbale chez l’enfant : identification, évaluation et intervention. Glossa, (109):42-54.
  13. Song, J-Y., Demuth, K., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. & Ménard, L. (2013). The effects of coarticulation and morphological complexity on the production of English coda clusters: Acoustic and articulatory evidence from 2 year-olds and adults. Journal of Phonetics, 41(3-4):281-295.
  14. Noiray, A., Ménard, L. & Iskarous, K. (2013). The development of motor synergies in children: Ultrasound and acoustic measurements. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(1):444-452.
  15. Raison, M., Ballaz, L., Detrembleur, C., Mahaudens, P., Lebleu, J., Fisette, P. & Mousny, M. (2012). Lombo-sacral joint efforts during gait: Comparison between healthy and scoliotic subjects. Study in Health Technology and Informatics, (176):113-6.
  16. Raison, M., Detrembleur, C., Fisette, P., Samin, J-C. & Fisette, P. (2011). Assessment of antagonistic muscle forces during forearm flexion/extension. Computational Methods in Applied Sciences, (23):215-238.
  17. Veilleux, L-N., Ballaz, L., Robert, M., Lemay, M. & Rauch, F. (2013). Gait analysis using a force-measuring gangway: Intrasession repeatability in healthy children and adolescents. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. [Epub ahead of print]
  18. Rauch, R., Veilleux, L-N., Rauch, F., Bock, D., Welish, E., Filler, G., Robinson, T., Burrill, E. & Norozi, K (2012). Obesity is associated with increased muscle force in children. Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 12(2):80-3.
  19. Shum, M., Shiller, D.M., Baum, S.R. & Gracco, V.L. (2010). Sensorimotor integration for speech motor learning involves the inferior parietal cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, (34):1817-1822.
  20. Shiller, D.M., Gracco, V.L. & Rvachew, S. (2010). Auditory-motor learning during speech production in 9-11 year-old children. PLoS One, 5(9):e12975.
  21. Marquis, A., Royle, P., Gonnerman, L. & Rvachew, S. (2012). La conjugaison du verbe en début de scolarisation. Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage, 28, 2-13.
  22. Royle P., Toupin, J., Bourguignon, N., Trudeau, N. & Valois, D. (2010). L’accord de l’adjectif chez les enfants francophones avec un trouble spécifique du langage. Spectrum, (2):1-18.
  23. Boyer, C., Trudeau, N. & Sutton, A. (2012). Performance of children with typical development when reading and interpreting graphic-symbol sequences. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, (28)2:96-105.
  24. Côté-Giroux, P., Trudeau, N., Valiquette, C., Sutton, A., Chan, E. & Hébert, C. (2011). Évaluation de neuf synthèses vocales françaises basée sur l’intelligibilité et l’appréciation. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, (35)4:300-311.

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