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NSERC/Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics


Carl-Éric Aubin is a full professor at the École Polytechnique de Montréal’s Department of Mechanical Engineering as well as a researcher and the Head of the Musculoskeletal Diseases and Rehabilitation research axis at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre.


  • Solve problems encountered by orthopedic surgeons who treat spinal pathologies such as scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis and poor balance.
  • Improve biomedical technologies with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of spinal deformities

Achievements (2007-2012)

  • Spinal surgery simulator
  • Microimplant that controls spinal growth
  • Multifunctional operation tables

Projects (2012-2017)

The Chair seeks to develop applications that will improve the treatment of children and adults with spinal deformities. These efforts aim to:

  • develop simulation tools aimed at a better understanding of the principles that underlie treatments, ranging from 3D spinal geometry and preserving balance to surgical instrumentation technologies;
  • develop and validate innovative devices that make it possible to maintain spinal mobility and flexibility without using osteosynthesis and are as noninvasive as possible;
  • develop a navigation-simulation system similar to a GPS system that will assist and optimize surgeries, opening the way to what will become the OR of the future.

Quick Facts and Numbers - Scoliosis and Research

  • 3%-4% of the population is affected by scoliosis
  • 10% of people with scoliosis must wear a brace 23 hours a day
  • 10% of the people who require a brace will undergo surgery
  • 80 patients per week are seen at the Clinical Research Unit in Orthopedics (URCO)
  • Almost all the patients participate in research protocols
  • 50% reduction in the weight of the brace, 30% reduction in the surface area of the brace that comes into contact with the body and an even more effective correction thanks to a new generation of braces based on the work done by Carl-Éric Aubin and his colleagues at the Sainte-Justine UHC.


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