iLab-Spine becomes an International Associated Laboratory (LIA)

Better understanding of spine and spinal cord injury and pathologies

July 5, 2016
Co-managed by four researchers, including Yvan Petit, from ÉTS, this past mid-June iLab-Spine became an International Associated Laboratory (LIA). An LIA is a "wall-less" research entity that brings together a French laboratory belonging to the Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS) and a laboratory from another country to focus on a group project. 

Specializing in the imaging, modeling and biomechanics of the spine, iLab-Spine brings together researchers from Quebec and France who pool their complementary expertise to better understand the physiological mechanisms that come into play during spine and spinal cord injury and pathologies.

Spinal cord injuries are among the main causes of physical and psychosocial handicaps, given their long and complex rehabilitation. In the United States, it is estimated that each year more than 150,000 people fracture their spinal column, while approximately 14,000 suffer an injury to the spinal cord.

The work conducted by researchers at iLab-Spine will help to reduce the incidence and gravity of these injuries, for example, by creating appliances that will protect individuals against the risk of serious injury. It will also lead to the design of medical instruments that will better immobilize the spinal column of injured persons. 

France-Québec co-management

In Québec, the iLab-Spine is co-managed by Yvan Petit, Professor of mechanical engineering and chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Engineering Innovations in Spinal Trauma at ÉTS, in addition to being director-researcher of the Trauma – acute care axis at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal's Research Centre, and by Carl-Éric Aubin, Professor of mechanical engineering and chairholder of the NSERC/Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics at the Polytechnique Montréal and researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre.

In France, it is co-managed by Pierre-Jean Arnoux, Researcher and associate director of the Laboratoire de biomécanique appliquée (LBA) affiliiated with the Institut français des sciences et des technologies des transports de l’aménagement et des réseaux (IFSTTAR) and Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), and by Virginie Callot, Research fellow with the Centre de résonance magnétique biologique et médicale (CRMBM) at the Centre national de recherches scientifiques (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille Université.  

iLabSpine co-managers 
The co-directors of the International Associated Laboratory - iLab-Spine: Carl-Éric Aubin, Professor of mechanical engineering and chairholder of the NSERC/Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics at the Polytechnique Montréal and researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, Virginie Callot, Research fellow with the Centre de résonance magnétique biologique et médicale (CRMBM) at the Centre national de recherches scientifiques (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille Université, Pierre-Jean Arnoux, Researcher and associate director of the  Laboratoire de biomécanique appliquée (LBA) affiliiated with the Institut français des sciences et des technologies des transports de l’aménagement et des réseaux (IFSTTAR), and Yvan Petit, Professor of mechanical engineering and chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Engineering Innovations in Spinal Trauma at ÉTS, in addition to being director-researcher of the Trauma – acute care axis at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal's Research Centre.


Years of French-Quebec collaboration

The creation of the LIA is the culmination of many years of collaboration among partners, many of whom have been working together since 2005. By awarding it LIA status, the Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS) recognizes the quality of this collaboration.

ÉTS  is proud to count iLab-Spine among its international laboratory partners. In addition to being catalysts for innovation, these international collaborations generate significant social and economic value.





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