Program Overview

Dr. Ed Harvey


Associate Leader
Dr. Jake Barralet

Dr. Géraldine Merle
514-934-1934 ext. 45576

The vision of the Injury Repair Recovery Program (IRR) is to provide leadership in research and development, resulting in breakthroughs in the management of personal injury and reduction of its socioeconomic burden.

Injury can occur from accidental trauma or be the result of surgical treatment itself. Together, the consequences of trauma and surgical injury impose an enormous financial and social burden. Traumatic injury alone costs the Canadian taxpayer about $20 billion annually – including costs related to reduced productivity, disability and premature death. A largely unrecognized injury burden is also caused by planned patient procedures every day. Millions of patient procedures performed per year have not been optimized to produce the best outcomes.

Through the IRR Program, researchers with fundamental, clinical and epidemiological approaches are collaborating to tackle these critical issues and pool their strengths in domains ranging from clinical studies and basic healing process improvement to big data and social policy modification.

Dr. Edward Harvey is a professor of surgery at McGill University, where he earned his medical degree. His research interests in fundamental and clinical aspects of bone healing include implant and fracture optimization, stem cells, outcome evaluation after surgery, biosensors and evaluation of novel hardware and surgical approaches to expedite repair. He collaborates with basic, clinical and engineering scientists and has ongoing industry collaborations, particularly in the field of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors. His funding sources include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), AO Foundation, MITACs and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Canada and the U.S.). Dr. Harvey has had multiple responsibilities on executive and research committees of the OTA, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA). He is, or has been, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery and JBJS Trauma Newsletter; editorial board member of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma; chairman of the Research Committee and of the Annual Basic Science Course of the OTA; member of the Board of Specialty Societies Research Committee, AAOS; chair of the Trauma Section, ORS; and president of the COA.

Dr. Jake Barralet is a tenured full professor at McGill University and holds a Canada Research Chair in osteoinductive biomaterials. A materials scientist who earned his PhD at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, he came to McGill University in 2004 to work on bioceramics, in particular, low temperature syntheses of nanocrystalline and amorphous inorganics, cold setting materials (cements) and precipitation. His research aim is to create new or improved materials or devices for tissue repair or drug delivery. He joined the McGill Division of Orthopedic Surgery as Director of Research in 2013 and runs the Clinical Innovation program and associated NSERC CREATE program, “Innovation at the cutting edge,” a three-university consortium focused on a novel graduate training program. He is also Vice Chair of Research of the Department of Surgery, the first non-clinician to hold this post.

Dr. Géraldine Merle obtained her doctorate in materials science from the European Membrane Institute in France, followed by post-doctoral training at McGill University. She held management positions at the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials, in Germany, where she was responsible for industrial projects management and consultation. She also directed a multidisciplinary research group combining electrochemistry, materials sciences and biochemistry towards the development of new (bio) energy devices. Her solid background and expertise in materials sciences, engineering and chemistry are backed with proven project leadership, research management, communications, and fundraising experience.