In 1985 the first research group dedicated to the reconstruction of human tissues by cell culture was established in Québec in the Hôpital Saint Sacrement. One year later this unique initiative allowed the first autologous transplantation of reconstructed epidermis for the treatment of extensively burned patients in Canada. This success was the result of a fruitful collaboration between our dedicated plastic surgeons and the emerging team of Dr François A. Auger. The possibility of creating a complete skin equivalent in vitro, including both epidermal and dermal components became the laboratory’s central research theme. Later on, the LOEX adapted the methods developed for skin culture and applied them to the production of different tissues and organs: cultured blood vessels, ligaments, cornea, and others. Thus, the LOEX was one of the first laboratories in the world to get involved in the field of organ reconstruction through tissue engineering.
In 2010, the Multidisciplinary Center for the Development of Tissue Engineering was built to give room to the research of the expanding activities of the LOEX’s research and to facilitate the application of tissue engineering method to treat patients.The building at Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus du CHU de Québec houses about 125 persons including 9 full-time researchers, 15 associate researchers, 41 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows along with additional scientific and administrative staff.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LOEX center, the researchers extend a warm invitation to the CCTC participants to visit their new lab.
Visits will be organized from 10:00 to 12:00 am, on May 28th, 2015. Please register through the CCTC registration page.Address: LOEX-Hôpital Enfant-Jésus, Aile R CHU de Québec 1401, 18e rue, Québec, G1J 1Z4
Please, note that visitors will have to organize their own transportation to go to the LOEX lab.
From Université Laval,
By bus: bus line 800 (just in front of Desjardins building), Beauport direction, stop at de la Canardière/Vitré (Enfant-Jesus Hospital) (around 35 min), walk in de Vitré ave (see map).
Take Boulevard Laurier W/QC-175 S to Robert Bourassa Hwy/autoroute 740N; Follow Robert-Bourassa Hwy/autoroute 740N and autoroute 40E to Champfleury ave. Take exit 316 from autoroute 40E; Continue onto Champfleury ave; Turn right onto rue Antoine Silvy; Take the 3rd left onto de Vitré ave.
Free parking is available in adjacent streets (with or without time limitation, check parking signs in the streets).