The scientific council and its thematic committees

The scientific council

Composed of renowned French and international physicians and scientists, it defines the major scientific orientations and the methods for implementing the annual research program. It is appointed by the Board of Directors for 4 years. It meets twice a year.

The President of the Scientific Council is Dr Jacques Beckmann, University of Lausanne

  • Dr Alexandre BELOT, Pediatric Rheumatology, Mother and Child Hospital, Lyon University Hospital
  • Pr Alexis BRICE, Neurogenetics, Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris
  • Mr. Michel CERBELLE, guest of the Board, representative of the Alliance Maladies Rares
  • Dr Pierre ESPINOZA, Digital Health, Georges-Pompidou European Hospital, Paris
  • Pr Marcela GARGIULO, Psychology, University of Paris, Institute of Myology
  • Pr Guillaume JONDEAU, Cardiology, Hopital Bichat, University of Paris and Coordinator CNMR Marfan syndrome and related
  • Pr Marie-Laure KOTTLER, Genetics Department, Caen University Hospital
  • Dr Jocelyn LAPORTE, Genetics, Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Strasbourg
  • Prof. Pierre LÉVY, Health Economics, University of Paris Dauphine
  • Dr Sandrine MARLIN, Genetic Deafness, Necker Children's Hospital, Paris
  • Dr Cécile MARTINAT, Biology, Inserm, President of the French Society for Stem Cell Research
  • Prof. Gert MATTHIJS, Molecular Genetics, Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics, UZ Leuven
  • Dr Catherine NGUYEN, Genomics and Bioinformatics, AVIESAN ITMO, Paris
  • Dr. Tuan NGUYEN, Regenerative Medicine, Hepatology, Goliver Therapeutics, Nantes
  • Prof. Francesc PALAU, Genetics, Pediatric Institute of Rare Diseases, Children's Hospital of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Pr Yann PÉRÉON, Neuromuscular, CHU of Nantes, University of Nantes
  • Pr Anne-Catherine PERROY, Pharmaceutical Law and Economics, University of Lille
  • Dr Hélène PUCCIO, Translational and Neurogenetic Medicine, IGBMC
  • Pr Damien SANLAVILLE, Genetics, Mother and Child Hospital, University of Lyon
  • Pr Laurent STORME, Pediatrics, Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Lille University Hospital
  • Pr Pierre-Louis THARAUX, Nephrology, Paris Cardiovascular Research Center (PARCC), Université Paris Cité
  • Dr Laurent VILLARD, Genetics, La Timone University Hospital, Aix Marseille University


Thematic committees

The Foundation's Thematic Committees are composed of members of the Scientific Council and external experts. They meet to evaluate and select applications submitted to the Foundation's calls for projects.

The selection process for funded projects

The project selection process is demanding because only the most promising research projects are selected on the basis of scientific excellence criteria. Depending on the theme, projects are selected in one stage (evaluation on the basis of a complete dossier) or in two stages (pre-selection on the basis of a letter of intent and then evaluation on the basis of a complete dossier), according to the schedule of calls for projects established with the Scientific Council.

Each file is evaluated by at least two independent experts.


On the basis of these opinions, the thematic committees meet to evaluate and select the applications submitted to the Foundation's calls for projects.