Étudiant-chercheur étoile May 2016

Sami Hached

Postdoctoral fellow in Electrical Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Award-winning publication: Novel Electro-mechanic Artificial Urinary Sphincter

Published in: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics



For over 30 years, artificial sphincters have relied on a hydromechanical system with a pump placed in the scrotum or vulva. However, accessing and activating the pump is not always easy, especially for people suffering from Parkinson's disease or obesity. Sami Hached and his team have designed a new electromechanical sphincter that extends the functions of current implants and corrects their limitations. With decades of operating life, the system may be inserted in a patient's abdomen and remotely controlled, leading to real improvements to the great benefit of users.