Ankylosing spondylitis society in Brazil:

Associação Brasileira de Portadores de Espondilite Anquilosante (ABRESPAN) 
Founded in December 2004


Rua Joaquim Antunes, 490 – conj. 71 – 
São Paulo/SP 
Tel./Fax: (+55-11) 3081-5999 
Internet homepage:


Presidente Dr. Tirso de Salles Meirelles, São Paulo – AS patient
Vice-Presidente Adriano Macedo FÉLIX– AS patient
Tesoureiro (Treasurer) Eduardo de Souza Meirelles - rheumatologist
President of Scientific Board Dr. Percival D. Sampaio Barros – Rheumatologist
International contacts  Dr. Eduardo de Souza Meirelles, São Paulo (address as given above)
Membership 1. Jan. 2010 130 members, most of them AS patients
Local branches  1 local branch with weekly exercises
Newsletter  Being built up
Further publications  1. Translation of NASS Guidebook for Patients published in and 
2. Portuguese validation of BASDAI and BASFI indexes – in way of publication – (permission obtained by Dr. Célio Roberto Gonçalves) 
3- Dr. Muhammad Asim Khan: "Ankylosing Spondylitis – the facts" in way of translation – (permission obtained by Dr. Percival D. Sampaio Barros) 
4- AS Diagnosis and Treatment Brazilian Guidelines published in Brazilian Medical Association
(, Medical Federal Board ( and Brazilian Rheumatology
Journal (
Important events in past and coming year Monthly Lecture and Meeting with AS Sufferers in GRUPARJ (Rio de Janeiro State Self-Help Arthritic Group)
Membership fee Being studied by the Association
Remarks  1- Existence of a National Virtual AS Group created by our Vice-President Rodinei Santana Guimarães before ABRESPAN foundation that has being of great help and support for the Association
2- Low income of most ABRESPAN members leading to initiate the Association only with donations
3- Brazilian Rheumatology Society support and recognition lending their address for legal registration
4- Temporary absence of a physical place for the Association


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