Clinical Research Units

Clinical Research Unit in Orthopedics (URCO)

Unit Presentation

The URCO brings together multidisciplinary researchers in musculoskeletal diseases and movement sciences at the CHU Sainte-Justine. Their research fields include, among others, 3D evaluation of the human body, clinical research and innovative surgical techniques based on an integrated molecular biology approach. The team is also working on further enhancements to its virtual operating software and scoliosis screening tests.


  • Biobanks
  • Movement Analysis Laboratory
  • Low Dose X Ray System – EOS
  • The EOS system is a low-dose X Ray imager that can monitor patients systematically over time, access soft tissue and evaluate patients in a standing position. The system is able to take fast and simultaneous front and side views of standing patients.
  • Robotized Biochemical
    TestingThe Beckman Coulter robotic platform provides high biochemical assay throughput in a fraction of the time. It can be used for a wide range of tests and applies research protocols in a standard way.


Programme de formation des IRSC sur les troubles de la mobilité et de la posture

Membership and collaboration

Unit Clinicians

Constantin Stanciu, MD
Marie-Andrée Cantin, MD
Benoit Morin, MD
Maurice Duhaime, MD

Julie Joncas
Clinical Research Coordinator
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 4097

Ginette Larouche
Research Nurse
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 4796

Ginette Lacroix
Clinical Research Coordinator
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 3263

Marjolaine Roy-Beaudry
Clinical Research Coordinator
Ph.: 514-345-4931, ext. 5870

Marie Beauséjour
Scientific Coordinator

Christian Bellefleur
Research Associate

Annick Koller
Research Associate
Industrial Designer

Significant clinical research publications

  1. Labelle H, Bellefleur C, Joncas J, Aubin CE et Cheriet F. « Preliminary evaluation of a computer-assisted tool for the design and adjustment of braces in idiopathic scoliosis: a prospective and randomized study. » Spine. 2007 Apr 15;32(8):835-43.
  2. Beauséjour M, Roy-Beaudry M, Goulet L et Labelle H. « Patient characteristics at the initial visit to a scoliosis clinic: a cross-sectional study in a community without school screening. » Spine. 2007 May 20;32(12):1349-54.
  3. Azeddine B, Letellier K, Wang da S, Moldovan F et Moreau A. « Molecular determinants of melatonin signaling dysfunction in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. » Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Sep;462:45-52.
  4. Mac-Thiong JM, Wang Z, De Guise JA et Labelle H. « Postural model of sagittal spino-pelvic alignment and its relevance for lumbosacral developmental spondylolisthesis. » Spine. 2008 Oct 1;33(21):2316-25.
  5. Kadoury S, Cheriet F, Beauséjour M, Stokes IA, Parent S et Labelle H. « A three-dimensional retrospective analysis of the evolution of spinal instrumentation for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. » Eur Spine J. 2009 Jan;18(1):23-37. Epub 2008 Nov 13.
  6. Sangole AP, Aubin CE, Labelle H, Stokes IA, Lenke LG, Jackson R et Newton P. « Three-dimensional classification of thoracic scoliotic curves. » Spine. 2009 Jan 1;34(1):91-9.
  7. Lamarre ME, Parent S, Labelle H, Aubin CE, Joncas J, Cabral A et Petit Y. « Assessment of spinal flexibility in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: suspension versus side-bending radiography. » Spine. 2009 Mar 15;34(6):591-7.
  8. Beauséjour M, Joncas J, Goulet L, Roy-Beaudry M, Parent S, Grimard G, Forcier M, Lauriault S et Labelle H. « Reliability and validity of adapted French Canadian version of Scoliosis Research Society Outcomes Questionnaire (SRS-22) in Quebec. » Spine. 2009 Mar 15;34(6):623-8.
  9. Leboeuf D, Latellier K, Alos N, Edery P et Moldovan F. « Do estrogens impact adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. » Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. May;20(4):147-52. 

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