Musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation

Advances in the area of musculoskeletal disorders face major constraints. First, they require extensive multidisciplinary collaboration between the fields of medicine AND technology. To work together to develop appropriate medical tools, it is essential that surgeons and engineers are able to understand one another.

Beyond that, they depend on better long-term continuity of care, which involves developing and implementing appropriate rehabilitation measures from the start of treatment. And because rehabilitation underpins the notion of “healing better,” while healing as many children as possible whenever possible is a top concern, so is improving the life prospects and autonomy of those for whom a disease is irreversible. This is where the CHU Sainte-Justine’s Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre comes in.

These are significant challenges, and you have helped us take them on. The Healing More Better campaign has directly contributed to implementing projects aimed at revolutionizing rehabilitation care, acquiring the most advanced surgical tools and creating teams of experts that are unique in the world, who are able to continually improve these tools and provide new momentum to fundamental research.

Through your support, our achievements of the last five years have generated new hope and are giving us reason to be excited about the future.

Emmanuel is a paraplegic. He trains to walk again in the Lokomat, a robotic device for walk rehabilitation, acquired thanks to the mobilization of his parents among others. He’s also one of the ambassadors of the Sainte-Justine Private Schools Youth Challenge.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Technology Hub

To better heal children suffering from an acute medical problem, a genetic disorder, a chronic condition or a traumatic injury, as well as those who have been in an accident or were born preterm: this is the primary mission of the CHU Sainte-Justine’s Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre (CRME).

Each year in this facility, 250 health care professionals and 15 researchers treat and follow more than 5,000 children. The services they provide are focused on maximizing long-term quality of life, which involves treating children as early as possible, helping to compensate for any physical and sensory deficits, and prioritizing children’s participation in their social environment to give them the chance to reach their full potential. 

Your support for Healing More Better has allowed us to take advantage of the critical mass of professionals, experts  and patients brought together at the Centre to create a technology hub.

The goal is to bring together players in the fields of research, education and clinical services to foster a multidisciplinary (engineering, kinanthropology, orthopedics, physiotherapy, ergonomics, occupational therapy, speech therapy, linguistics, audiology, pediatrics, neuroscience, social psychology and many more) approach to rehabilitation.

The next step is to establish a lasting partnership between organizations specialized in research and technological development on one hand and the health care sector on the other. Even more productive than expected, this partnership formula is allowing us to entertain the idea—impossible to imagine yesterday—of redefining the meaning of “rehabilitation” by accelerating research into regenerative therapy using stem cells and genomics.

TransMedTech Institute

Scientific innovation is essential to medical progress, but it takes time and patience. The transition from the emergence of a solution to its regular application in health care settings can often take years, or even decades. And if innovations are developed abroad, it may take even longer, as they must first be validated in their country of origin before being imported, validated and used here. This is time that can make all the difference.

TransMedTech is a whole new way of approaching healthcare research and innovation,” says Professor Carl-Éric Aubin, the executive and scientific director of the TransMedTech Institute. “Its cornerstone is its Living Lab, an open-innovation ecosystem that will be located at the CHU Sainte-Justine. By breaking down barriers between research, medicine, industry R&D and health care delivery, we are establishing an extremely fertile environment for the sharing of expertise and the mobilization of knowledge, where everyone learns from each other’s experience and know-how. Every idea, whether it originates with a researcher, a physician, an engineer, a patient or an industry professional, can help bring about a solution, which is then validated. We’re talking about true collective intelligence.”

The TransMedTech Institute formalizes the alliance between the CHU Sainte-Justine and academic, government, social and industrial partners. It channels information from our health network, biomedical product and service providers and the general public to provide public policy makers with a better understanding of the needs of patients and health professionals.

Right now, thanks to you, the TransMedTech Institute is preparing to soon implement innovative solutions in the areas of musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Centre of Excellence for Imaging and New Surgical Technology

Each year, hundreds of children and adolescents are treated at the CHU Sainte-Justine because they suffer from complex pathologies, including congenital malformations, musculoskeletal disorders, traumatic injuries, cardiac and neurological diseases and others.

As a global leader in pediatric health care, the CHU Sainte-Justine is determined to find ways of reducing the duration and traumatic nature of surgical procedures, the convalescence period and the risk of complications.

Through your support for the Healing More Better campaign, Dr. Stefan Parent and Professor Carl-Éric Aubin, specialists in experimental surgery and mechanical engineering respectively, have been provided with the means to create an integrated network of multidisciplinary experts, the only one of its kind in the world, with the goal of developing THE optimal operating room.

This initiative is based on the idea that, by working together, engineers and surgeons will be able to design, develop, test and adapt medical devices on site and at a pace never seen before in Quebec.

This operating room will offer state-of-the-art multimodal imaging, prototyping, computer-assisted surgery and simulation training. As with other imaging modalities in other areas, these advances and their integration into the operating room already resulting in significant performance improvements. This degree of sophistication in medical imaging makes it possible to use biomedical implants, thereby radically reducing the number of invasive surgeries and the trauma associated with them.