Team

Philippe Micheau, Eng., PhD,
Professor Philippe Micheau is specialized in mechatronics and control. He led the engineering aspects of the academic research group in liquid ventilation. He develops new technologies which radically changes the respiratory support by replacing medical air with a breathable liquid. He develops numerical models, control strategies and devices to ensure efficient and safe liquid breathing with a liquid ventilator.

Étienne Fortin-Pellerin, MD, Msc

Dr Fortin-Pellerin works with a neonatal ovine model to develop clinical indications of total liquid ventilation. His main focus is on treatment of the respiratory distress of the extremely premature infant. He uses invasive and non-invasive methodologies to study liquid ventilation impacts on the cardiovascular system in order to refine ventilation techniques.

Jean-Paul Praud, MD, PhD
Dr Praud is a pediatrician specialized in respiratory medicine. He is director of the Mother & Child Health Axis of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke and Head to the Respiratory Medicine Division, Department of Pediatrics. Dr Praud’ research interests are directly in line with his extensive clinical expertise in neonatal upper airway function, as well as his clinical activities which involve the daily care of infants affected with apneas of prematurity, apparently life-threatening events and the follow-up of families of sudden-infant-death-syndrome victims. He is the chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Neonatal Respiratory Physiology

Sébastien Poncet, Eng., PhD, HDR
Professor Sébastien Poncet is specialized in fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interactions and dedicated numerical models. His researches focus on physical mechanisms and development of new technologies for bronchial mucus clearance. In the context of Innolivent, he investigated the fundamental mechanism responsible for the respiratory collapsus.

Omar RINGA, Eng, Ph.D Student in Mechanical Engineering

Omar RINGA is currently pursuing his Ph.D program in Mechanical Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, under the supervision of the professors Philippe Micheau, Sébastien Poncet, and Dr Etienne Fortin-Pellerin. His main research work encompasses the new and global strategies to mitigate respiratory collapses during the total liquid ventilation, and especially for neonatal cases.

Wendy See. MSc student in physiology
Wendy See is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Physiology at the University of Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr Fortin-Pellerin and Prof. Philippe Micheau. She aims to establish an ovine model of extreme prematurity for the evaluation of total liquid ventilation in the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Christophe Morin. MSc student in physiology
Christophe Morin is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Physiology at the University of Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr Fortin-Pellerin and Dr. Jean-Paul Praud.Christophe has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Université de Sherbrooke. The aim of this project is to study both conventional gas ventilation and high frequency oscillatory ventilation as a mean of weaning from total liquid ventilation. The study will assess the compliance of the respiratory system, respiratory mechanics and the oxygenation index resulting from both methods of gaseous ventilation, following a short period of total liquid ventilation. Using imaging technology such as electric impedance tomography and fluoroscopy, Christophe’s project will also take a closer look at the distribution of PFC and its evaporation rate during weaning from total liquid ventilation.