British Scoliosis Research Foundation

British Scoliosis Research Foundation

Charity information

British Scoliosis Research Foundation

The British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF) is the only charity that exists solely to promote research into the treatment of spinal deformities in the UK.

Founded 1973

  • Mission statement

    Scoliosis is the abnormal curving and twisting of the spine affecting 2-3% of the population. The cause of scoliosis is still unknown and there is no cure.
    Scoliosis impacts infants, adolescents, and adults worldwide with little regard to race or socio-economic status. It affects mostly adolescents and teenage girls eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires surgical treatment.

    Treatment option in the early stages of the disorder, is the wearing of a chest brace for up to 23 hours a day in an attempt to slow down the progression of the curve. If the curves is still progressing, the patient will have to endure major spinal surgery involving the insertion of metal rods to straighten the spine.

    Scoliosis can impact the quality of life with limited activity, pain, reduced respiratory function, or diminished self-esteem.


    The BSRF’s vision is to have, within 10 years, contributed to discovering the cause of idiopathic scoliosis to improve quality of life for people with all types of scoliosis. The organisation’s mission is therefore to stimulate and finance high-quality research into the causation of, prevention of, and potential cures for scoliosis and the assessment of new forms of treatment.

  • Aims

    British Scoliosis Research Foundation aims to:

    • The organisation’s mission is to stimulate and finance high-quality research into: The causation of, prevention of, and potential cures for idiopathic scoliosis
    • The assessment of new forms of treatment – surgical and otherwise
    • The encouragement of basic scientific research that might add to knowledge of the changes, causal or otherwise, in idiopathic scoliosis
    • The support of research by young surgeons to stimulate an interest in scoliosis in newly qualified doctors.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1973

    Registered Charity Number: 803772

    Board members: 12

    Part time staff: 2

    Phone number: 02089645343

    Address: 4 Ivebury Court, 325 Latimer Road W10 6RA

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