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Renewal of the Marie-Lou and Yves Cotrel Research Chair in Orthopedics

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jacques de Guise, a Professor in the Automated Manufacturing Engineering Department at ÉTS, is holder of the Marie-Lou and Yves Cotrel Research Chair in Orthopedics at CHUM and Université de Montréal, in collaboration with ÉTS. His mandate as holder of this philanthropic Chair, which was created in 2002, was recently renewed by the Executive Committee at Université de Montréal.

This mandate focuses on the design, development and transfer to clinical and industrial users of tools and methods that form a technological support platform for medical interventions related to musculoskeletal disorders.

The Chair’s main areas of research include the design and evaluation of new methods for 3D imaging of the musculoskeletal system, new methods for 3D modeling and quantitative physical and functional analysis of joint structures, new biomechanical approaches for evaluating the musculoskeletal system and computer-aided design and evaluation of orthoses and prostheses.

Cotrel Foundation

Dr. Yves Cotrel is a surgeon who, along with his colleague, Dr. Jean Dubousset, has lent his name to an extremely innovative method for 3D surgical correction of adolescent scoliosis: the Cotrel-Dubousset technique. This technique revolutionized the surgical treatment of scoliosis and was quickly bought out by a large multinational orthopedic products company.

Using the proceeds from that sale, Dr. Cotrel and his family launched the Yves Cotrel Foundation in order to fund international research projects dealing with spinal cord diseases.

Professor de Guise had the honour of working with Dr. Jean Dubousset in Paris in 1998, soon after launching the ÉTS Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory at CHUM. The Chief Surgeon at the time, Dr. John Fowles, was seeking to create a philanthropic research chair in orthopedics. The Cotrel Foundation wanted to support the project, and donated the base amount that led to the creation of a Chair, with Professor Jacques de Guise as holder.

Significant accomplishments

Jacques de Guise has also held the Canada Research Chair in 3D Imaging and Biomedical Engineering since 2004. The objectives of these two Chairs are complimentary, and the work done by Professor de Guise has led to the design of the first biplane X-ray imaging system. This system, which is called EOS imaging, allows for production of a model of all of the bones in the human skeleton with a very low dose of X-rays.

Professor de Guise and his team at the Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory have also developed a tool for 3D analysis of the knee, known as KneeKG. Without using X-rays or magnetic resonance, this system helps in attaining an accurate diagnosis in less time than traditional methods.



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