Created by the will of Dr. Yves Cotrel in 1999, this Foundation has the income from a family donation managed by the Institut de France, as part of a convention. They make it possible to operate it administratively and to support research projects.

The Foundation’s first research theme is idiopathic scoliosis (which means “scoliosis of unknown cause”). Scoliosis is a deformity of the spine. It is a common disease that affects about 1 to 3% of children in the general population. She touches 4 girls for a boy.

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common (70% of cases). It appears most often at puberty, a child in good health, often constituting a personal drama for this child at this stage of its development. There is a family predisposition.

Since its creation, the Yves Cotrel Foundation has invested more than 5 million euros to support 80 research projects worldwide. The latter has the priority of discovering the elements that will make it possible to discover the origin of idiopathic scoliosis. 


A non-profit foundation , it has a family donation managed by the Institute of France for its administrative operation.
The donations and legacies it receives are fully allocated to the research teams supported.

Institute of France - Cotrel Foundation - Medical research - scoliosis
Mrs Nora Muller-Conte
Delegate of the Foundation
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 41 44 47 – email: Mullerconte @
Yves-Cotrel Foundation – Institut de France?
23, Quai Conti F – 75006 Paris