Seminars & Events

Seminar Series

The Experimental Surgery Program of McGill and the Injury Repair Recovery Program (IRR) of the RI-MUHC bring you a series of seminars online. This event takes place via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 2:30pm to present the research of eminent speakers. At the same time, these seminars give students an opportunity to present their own preliminary data and the possibility to attend a short discussion session with specialists in the field.

We have over 50 researchers and 220 graduate students who work on outcomes, basic science and clinical research. Our main concentrations are in cardiac and vascular, general surgery, orthopedics, plastics, urology and thoracic.


Past Seminar Series


Fall 2022

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Upcoming Seminars    
September 13

Thomas Willett, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering program

Systems Design Engineering

Director, Waterloo Composite Biomaterial Systems Laboratory
Treasurer and Past-President, Canadian Biomaterials Society

University of Waterloo

September 20

Lidan You
Erwin Edward Hart Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | University of Toronto

September 27 TBD  
October 4 TBD  
October 18 Dr. Julia Burnier
Principal Investigator, Cancer Research Program; Assistant Professor, Departments of Oncology and Pathology
October 25 Dr. Guy Paré
Director of the PhD in Administration program
Holder of the Research Chair in Digital Health M. Sc. (gestion), HEC Montréal
Ph.D. (administration), Florida International University
November 1

Nancy A. Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR, FAOTA

Associate Professor and Chair
Tuft University
Department of Occupational Therapy

November 8 Thorsten Kirsch, PhD
Director, Bioengineering
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
November 15

Dr. Edward J. Harvey
Professor of Surgery, McGill University

Michal and Renata Hornstein Chair in Surgical Excellence
McGill University

Leader of Injury Repair and Recovery Program
McGill University Health Center Research Institute

November 22 Dr. Cari Whyne, PhD, FIOR
Senior scientist, Physical Sciences, Holland Bone and Joint Research Program (director), Sunnybrook Research Institute
Director, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Professor, department of surgery, faculty of medicine, University of Toronto
Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, U of T
Professor, Institute of Medical Sciences, U of T
November 29 TBD  
December 6 TBD  
December 13 TBD  
Past Seminars    

April 12

Louis-Nicolas Veilleux, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Principal Investigator
Motion Analysis Center; Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada

Student Presenter:
Erica Bitekine

Jeremy Zwaig, MSc Thesis – Experimental Surgery

Motion Capture: From Movies and Video Games to the Health Care System





Cytoprotective Effects of iPSC Secretome on Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Cardiomyocytes

April 5

Julio Fiore Jr., M.Sc., PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery,
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Opioid versus opioid-free analgesia after postoperative discharge: Chasing the evidence trail

March 29

Thomas Hemmerling, MD,
Associate Professor in Anesthesia and Division of Experimental Surgery
Head of ITAG research laboratory

Student Presenters:
Noam Suissa, MSc Thesis – Experimental Surgery, McGill
Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Hemmerling

Sean Jeffries, MSc Non-Thesis – Experimental Surgery, McGill
Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Hemmerling

Innovation in Simulation and Utilization of AI in Critical Care Medicine



Ultrasound Nerve Block Guidance using Deep Learning


A Novel Bariatric-Specific Laparoscopic Simulator

March 22

Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, PhD.
Assistant Professor | Centre for Computational Biology
Assistant Professor | Program in Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

What Goes Wrong During the Wound Healing of Pressure Ulcers?

March 15

Nadeen O. Chahine, PhD.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (in Orthopedic Surgery)
Associate Director of Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery
Columbia University, New York, NY

Student Presenter:
Recai Yilmaz, PhD Student – Experimental Surgery, McGill

Crosstalk Between Inflammation and Mechanobiology in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration


Development and Validation of an Intelligent Surgical Technical Skills Continuous Monitoring and Assessment System

March 8

Dr. Jochen Salber, MD, PhD.
Instructor - European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
Head of the Department of Experimental Surgery - Ruhr University Bochum
Senior Physician - Department of Surgery, University Hospital RUB

The Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis Poses Major Challenges to All Surgical and Interventional Disciplines in Maintaining Accustomed High Standards of Care - Strategies From the Crisis

February 22

Rene St-Arnaud, PhD
Director of Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Montreal
Professor of Surgery, McGill University

Student Presenter:
Kashif Khan, BSc

A Small Molecule Lead Compound Blocking FIAT Activity Increases Osteogenesis


Amniotic stromal stem cell-loaded hydrogel repairs cardiac tissue in infarcted rat hearts via paracrine mediators

February 15 Adetola Adesida, PhD, FRSB
Director of Orthopaedic Basic Science Research Associate Director of Otolaryngology Basic Science Research
Co-Director ELITE Program for Black Youth
Department of Surgery | University of Alberta
Engineering Functional Cartilages in Repair and Disease Modeling
February 8

Terry Hébert, PhD
Graduate Program Director Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
McGill University Director
McGill Regenerative Network Canadian Pacific Chair in Biotechnology

Student Presenter:
Kayla Bourque, PhD. Candidate – McGill University

Tracking Disease-Relevant Signalling Events – From the Single Cell to the Living Brain




Single-cell Profiling of Signalling Networks in Primary Neonatal and iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes

January 25

Sibylle Grad, PhD
Principal Scientist
AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) | AO Foundation
Davos | Switzerland

Chondrocyte and Stem Cell-Based Cartilage Regeneration: Effect of Biomaterial and Biomechanics


Back to top