The Injury Repair Recovery (IRR) Program is unique in Canada because of its multidisciplinary culture in which more than 50 basic and clinical scientists, with their trainees and research staff, work together around the foci of surgery and trauma in teams and shared facilities. Their work spans molecular and cellular research, genetics, tissue engineering, implant design, innovative techniques and technologies, and pre-clinical validation with clinical outcomes in disease.

This exceptional environment aims to foster research that avoids or mitigates the impact of trauma, reducing the patient’s decline in function, speeding up the recovery phase, and minimizing the residual impact, as well as rehabilitating the patient to a higher performance level.

The IRR Program is organized around three central themes, with distinctive aims:


Theme leaders: Jeremy Grushka (external consultant), Francesco Carli
The INJURY cluster’s goals are optimizing the operative experience through prehabilitation and other measures, designing clinical trials for surgical or interventional procedures, exploring preventative measures and policy changes to optimize trauma, and examining how these and other findings can change international health care.

Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal

Dr. Gregory Berry

Dr. Alain Biron

Dr. Sarah Campillo

Dr. Francesco Carli

Dr. Gaëlle Chédeville

Dr. Gerald Fried

Dr. Edward Harvey

Dr. Thomas Hemmerling

Dr. Maryse Larouche

Dr. Claire Leblanc

Dr. Yoanna Skrobik

Dr. Michael Starr

Dr. Melina Vassiliou


Theme leaders: René St-Arnaud, Paul Martineau
The REPAIR cluster focuses on pre-clinical research around surgical interventions and trauma, the use of pre-clinical and clinical models to research genotypes and phenotypes, biomedically engineered solutions, sensors and the “Internet of things” (IoT).

Dr. Jake Barralet

Dr. Mirko Gilardino

Dr. Lisbet Haglund

Dr. Reggie Hamdy

Dr. Janet Henderson

Dr. Peter Jarzem

Dr. Lucie Lessard

Dr. Nicholas Makhoul

Dr. Paul Martineau

Dr. Jean Ouellet

Dr. Anie Philip

Dr. Carlo Santaguida

Dr. Chantal Séguin

Dr. Thomas Steffen

Dr. Michael Tanzer

Dr. Michael Weber

Researchers located at the Shriners Hospitals for Children:

Dr. Svetlana Komarova

Dr. Pierre Moffatt

Dr. Monzur Murshed

Dr. René St-Arnaud

Dr. Bettina Willie


Theme leaders: Liane Feldman, Alan Barkun, Julio Fiore
The RECOVERY cluster studies rehabilitation parameters, follow-up care issues, telemedicine and global outreach programs, and big data as guided by health economics and evidence-based research, as well as by expertise within the Maelstrom group.

Dr. Alan Barkun

Dr. Jeffrey Barkun

Dr. Prosanto Chaudhury

Dr. Liane Feldman

Dr. Julio Fiore

Dr. William Fisher

Dr. Heather Gill

Dr. James Hanley

Dr. Lucyna Lach

Dr. Mohan Radhakrishna

Dr. Rudolf Reindl

Dr. Michael Sullivan

Dr. Robert Turcotte

Dr. Timothy Wideman

Researcher located at the Shriners Hospitals for Children:

Dr. Frank Rauch