ASIF News No. 3 (February 2006)

Messages from  ASIF president and treasurer    

ASIF is now registered in Denmark and has a Danish bank account. In Geat Britain this was only possible under restricting conditions, and in Ireland it was not possible at all. The new Internet address of ASIF is www.spondylitis-international.org

2005 Council meeting    

Report on the 7th ASIF Council meeting held in September 2005 in Sandbjerg Estate, Denmark, by ASIF vice president Ernst Feldtkeller 

Nils Linholm †    

Nils Linholm, delegate from the AS societies in Canada and until 2002 ASIF secretary, died on January 17th, 2006 in the age of 76 years. By ASIF secretary Ken Mulholland, past president of the Ontario Spondylitis Association.

News from Belgium    

Belgium rheumatic groups agree to work together. Report by Coby Otter, Belgian delegate and member of the ASIF Executive Committee

News from Canada    

2.5 million Canadian dollars collected for Spondyloarthritis research

Ankylosing spondylitis society in Iran    

Ankylosing spondylitis society in Iran founded in 1993

10 recommendations on AS treatment    

ASAS/EULAR recommendations for the management of ankylosing spondylitis. By ASIF president Jon Erlendsson

Survey on disease activity and treatment    

Results of a survey on the disease activity and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis in Germany, presented by ASIF vice president Ernst Feldtkeller at the ASIF Council meeting held in 2005 in Sandbjerg, Denmark

Neurocognitive therapy of ankylosing spondylitis    

A pilot study with 19 patients with ankylosing spondylitis participating, was carried out to reveal the success rate of this new therapy method. Among 15 participants who had still a zero head-to-wall distance, 11 (73%) lost their AS symptoms. Some patients treated formerly with this method are already symptom-free since 16 years. The results suggest that the central nervous system (so far neglected in rheumatic research) plays a major role in the pathogenesis of the disease. Report by ASIF vice president Ernst Feldtkeller and rheumatologist Herbert Kellner

Recent updates on ASIF website    

The pages containing information on AS societies worldwide now include also the newly founded AS society in Brazil and the AS section of the Association Polyarthrite in the French-speaking part of Belgium