Multicentered Research Platform on musculoskeletal diseases

Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Research focusing on biomechanical modeling of scoliosis, as well as the evaluation, design and optimization of orthopedic treatment

Areas of expertise

This research group has developed internationally acknowledged expertise in musculoskeletal diseases, including the study of spine deformities (particularly the etiopathogenesis of scoliosis and spondylolisthesis). Research also focuses on developing innovative modeling and diagnosis tools and on improving medical treatments, from pharmacology to surgery, including rehabilitation.

Research services
  • Biomechanical characterization of biological tissues,
  • Interventional surgery procedures with real-time navigation,
Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Specialized lab Equipment
Micromechanical characterization of biological tissues
  • Micro-load torsion system (Biomomentum)
  • Compression bioreactor system (Tissue Growth Tech. Corp.)
  • Micro-CT (Bruker)
Macromechanical characterization of biological tissues and musculoskeletal morphofunctional characterization – children
  • Knee simulator (MTS Systems Corp.)
  • Bone, cartilage and ligament characterization (Bose Corp.)
  • Nanoindenter (Systems for Research)
  • Aramis 3D video extensometer with motion tracking and inertial sensor (Hoskin Scientifique)
  • Postural balance measurement system
Musculoskeletal morphofunctional characterization – adults
  • Instrumented treadmill and stairway (A-Tech Instruments Ltd.)
  • Propulsion simulator (Out-Front, Electromate Ind. Sales and National Instruments Canada)
  • No-marker motion-tracking system (NexGen Ergonomics Inc.)
  • Pressure measurement system (Vista Medical Ltd.)
Futuristic operating room
  • O-arm multidimensional imaging system (Medtronic Canada)
  • Stealth i7 integrated navigation and surgical visualization system (Medtronic Canada and INSO)
  • Robotic table (Canada Microsurgical Ltd. and Vista Med. Ltd.)
  • Rod-bending system
Biophotonics laboratory
  • OCT minimally invasive imaging system (Santec USA, Genia Photonics et Newport)
  • Raman spectroscopy endoscopic system (Perkin Elmer, Health Sciences Inc. and Newport)
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine
  • Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
  • Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
  • École de technologie supérieure
Title URL
Révolution de la chirurgie orthopédique au CHU Sainte-Justine et Polytechnique Montréal : Des patients retrouvent une colonne normale grâce à la Chaire en biomécanique de la colonne vertébrale, renouvelée pour préparer la chirurgie du futur


Toward a new era in medical practice - a team of researchers in spine biomechanics led by École Polytechnique Professor Carl-Éric Aubin is revolutionizing orthopedic surgery
Polytechnique dans les médias - Les professeurs Carl-Éric Aubin et Mohamad Sawan à l'honneur dans la revue PLAN
Back to the drawing board: researchers push for scoliosis breakthrough
Polytechnique Montreal Researchers Investigate the Use of Optical Coherence Tomography for Guiding Treatment of Musculoskeletal Diseases such as Scoliosis
Foundation of Stars honours Professor Carl-Éric Aubin with its 2010 young researcher excellence award
Concours Innovation Recherche : une équipe de chercheurs de Polytechnique remporte le 2e prix