IRR  |  Injury Repair Recovery Program


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 goals of the INJURY theme are to optimize the perioperative experience, design clinical trials for surgical or interventional procedures, and explore preventative measures and policy changes that will improve trauma management. Researchers also evaluate the impact of these findings on local or international health care systems.

Perioperative care represents another crucial element of this theme, focusing on the optimization of repair processes and reduction of the socioeconomic burden of injury.

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
Researchers from the REPAIR theme focus on preclinical research around surgical interventions and trauma. They use preclinical and clinical models to identify genotype and phenotype candidates and to test innovative biomedical devices, sensors or electronic-embedded objects, namely the “Internet of things” (IoT).

Several experts in basic biomedical research, engineering and clinical science are working together to create new medical devices that will accelerate or facilitate repair.

Dr. Jake Barralet

Dr. Mirko Gilardino

Dr. Lisbet Haglund

Dr. Reggie Hamdy

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
Researchers from the RECOVERY theme investigate rehabilitation parameters, follow-up care issues, telemedicine and global outreach programs. Their expertise is enhanced by access to such advanced tools as big data guided by health economics and evidence-based research, in collaboration with epidemiologists, statisticians and computer scientists from the Maelstrom group.

One important goal is to alleviate postoperative complications, a major drawback of surgery for patients, the surgical care team and the overall health care system.

Dr. Alan 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