/R E P E A T/ - Media invitation - Two young idiopathic scoliosis patients to attend - 21st century surgery: when medicine meets engineering!

    MONTREAL, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Ecole Polytechnique professor Carl-Eric
Aubin and his team are revolutionizing orthopedic surgery! Their research in
spine biomechanics is helping develop and fine-tune unique expertise in
orthopedic surgery in Québec. The promising association between Polytechnique
and Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine is poised to make
the hospital into the world leader in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis.
    Two to four per cent of Québec's population suffers from idiopathic
scoliosis, a condition that results in a three dimensions curvature of the
    Marie-Claude Pastorel and Sophie Tessier-Dugal, two patients at CHU
Sainte-Justine, are participating in the research protocol of the
NSERC/Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics. Both young
women underwent surgery at the CHU Sainte-Justine in their late teens. The
complex operation consisted of affixing metallic implants along the spinal
column to force the spine to straighten, then fusing the vertebrae with a bone
graft to stabilize the spine. Within two to three years, however, doctors will
be able to conduct the same operation virtually on a 3-D model of the
patient's spine and analyze the results before the actual surgery!
    Come encounter 21st century surgery and discover the breakthrough
research of Carl-Eric Aubin and his team working under the new NSERC/Medtronic
Industrial Chair in Spine Biomechanics at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal.
You'll also have an opportunity to meet Marie-Claude Pastorel and Sophie
    In attendance: Professor Carl-Eric Aubin, Chairholder; Dr. Hubert
Labelle, Director, 3-D Scoliosis Laboratory, CHU Sainte-Justine Research
Centre; Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre; Patrick
Turner, Director, Clinical Development, Medtronic; Robert L. Papineau,
Director General, Ecole Polytechnique; and two patients from CHU Ste-Justine,
Marie-Claude Pastorel and Sophie Tessier-Dugal.


    What:  News conference - 21st century surgery

               When: Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.
                     10 a.m. - Official speeches followed by Q&A
                     10:30 a.m. - Laboratory tour
                         -      Virtual operating room
                         -      Operating table
                         -      Micro-implant projects

              Where: Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
                     Galerie Rolland, 6th floor
                     Main Building
                     2500 Chemin de Polytechnique Boulevard
                     Université de Montréal campus
                     (Parking available at J.-Armand-Bombardier Building)
                     Campus map: http://www.polymtl.ca/sc_journal/Plancampus/


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For further information: Andrée Peltier, Relations publiques, Andrée
Peltier inc., (514) 846-0003, Cell: (514) 944-8689, apeltier@ca.inter.net

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