Exploring the way from gut flora to scoliosis

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Valérie Marcil awarded a research grant by Institut de France-affiliated Foundation Yves Cotrel.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is a deeply disabling disease that affects 1% to 3% of young people. No cause has been discovered so far. While many scientists delve into the genetic aspects of the disease, Valérie Marcil, PhD rather studies the metabolic factors possibly causing it or fueling its development. For the very reason that she studies the link between adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and gut hormones – scientifically known as incretins, Marcil, who is researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and an assistant research professor in the Department of Nutrition at Université de Montréal, was awarded a research grant from the Fondation Yves Cotrel – Institut de France, as part of an international competition.

Read the press release on the CHU Sainte-Justine Website.