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Professor Carl-Éric Aubin receives appointment to the Order of Canada

December 29, 2021 - Source : NEWS

Polytechnique Montréal is proud to announce that Full Professor Carl-Éric Aubin from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal, researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and Executive Director and scientist of the TransMedTech Institute, has been named Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.

Full Professor Carl-Éric Aubin (Department of Mechanical Engineering). (Photo : Caroline Perron)
(Photo: Caroline Perron)

The award recognizes this leading expert in spinal biomechanics’s outstanding contribution to Canada. His work has led to significant advances in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases affecting adolescents, and crowns a career that has been celebrated many times over. Professor Aubin's achievements having already earned him the rank of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering last year, an Honoris Genius award from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec this year, an honorary doctorate from the Université Aix-Marseille in 2018, and the Prix Jacques-Rousseau from Acfas in 2015.

I’m extremely touched and grateful to receive this prestigious award," commented Carl-Éric Aubin. He then continued, “Scientific research is a team effort, across all disciplines, which is why I want to share this honour with all those with whom I collaborate, and with those who’ve inspire me, and encouraged my research career.”

Professor Aubin has dedicated his research career to the study and biomechanical modeling of complex spinal deformities (for example, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis or postural problems), as well as to the evaluation, design and optimization of orthopedic treatments (corsets, surgical instruments, implants) to make them more efficient and less invasive.

Holder of the NSERC/Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics, Carl-Éric Aubin has developed a platform for computer-aided design and manufacturing, simulation and optimization of orthotics. He also contributed to the establishment of the iLab-Spine in biomechanics and spinal imaging, an associated international laboratory, to which eight institutions in France and Quebec contribute, including the University of Aix-Marseille.

Advocate of transdisciplinarity

Committed to resolving difficulties encountered by surgeons when treating their patients, Professor Aubin collaborates closely with engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, clinical experts, medical imaging specialists and industrial partners. He also ensures that patients are given a role in the process of solution creation.

In 2016, thanks to $95 million in support from the Apogee Canada Research Excellence Fund, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation du Québec and several other partners, and with the collaboration of the five founding institutions (Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, and the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal), Carl-Éric Aubin launched the TransMedTech Institute. A veritable living laboratory, the Institute helps engineers, health professionals, patients and companies to jointly develop innovative medical technologies and train the next generation.

Professor Aubin has published over 270 articles in scientific journals, had over 670 abstracts published in scientific journals or as conference proceedings, edited books, and is co-author of 7 patents. He has trained some 100 masters and doctoral students and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows, many of whom hold important positions in universities, companies and institutes in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of Canada's highest civilian honour, recognizing the achievements of individuals who contribute to the betterment of society. Appointments are made by the Governor General upon recommendation of the Order’s Advisory Council, which is chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada.

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Professor Carl-Éric Aubin expertise
Department of Mechanical Engineering website
TransMedTech Institute website 
Order of Canada website

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