Brazil

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 
    eMail: emei@terra.com.br 
Internet homepage: www.espondilitebr.hpg.com.br


 

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 www.espondilitebr.hpg.com.br and inwww.emedix.com.br 
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
(www.amb.org.br), Medical Federal Board (www.portalmedico.org.br) and Brazilian Rheumatology
Journal (www.reumatologia.com.br)
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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