Ankylosing spondylitis society in Germany:

Deutsche Vereinigung Morbus Bechterew e.V. (DVMB) 
Founded in 1980


Metzgergasse 16 
D-97421 Schweinfurt 
Tel (+49-9721) 22033 
Fax (+49-9721) 22955 
Internet home page:


Vorsitzender (Chairman) Franz Gadenz, Ainring
Stellvertretende Vorsitzende (Vice Chairman) Rüdiger Schmidt, Luhden
Geschäftsführer (Director) Ludwig Hammel, DVMB office (address see above)
Justitiarin (Legal Advice) Meike Schoeler, Fritzlar
Medizinischer Berater (Medical Advisors) Dr. med. Martin Rudwaleit, Endokrinologikum, Berlin(Germany)
Dr. med. Heinrich Böhm, Chefarzt der Klinik für Orthopädie und Wirbelsäulenchirurgie, BAd Berka
Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Thurau, Arbeitsgruppe Immunbiologie, Augenklinik der Universität München
International contacts Prof. Dr. Ernst FELDTKELLER 
Michaeliburgstr. 15, D-81671 München, Tel. (+49-89) 49 33 76, Fax (+49-89) 49 00 38 36
Members 1. Jan. 2012 15 764 members, including 14 641 patients with ankylosing spondylitis (15505 paying members & 259 free from paying due to unemployment)
Local branches 397 local branches with weekly at least one occasion for group exercises and with regular informative or social meetings
Newsletter «Morbus-Bechterew-Journal» (from 1980 to June 2003: «Bechterew-Brief»)
Frequency 4 per year
Further publications Schriftenreihe (Booklet Series) der Deutschen Vereinigung Morbus Bechterew:  
Heft 1: Morbus Bechterew – Ein Leitfaden für Patienten (guidebook for patients, 107 pages) 
Heft 2: Morbus Bechterew – Die Krankheit und ihre Diagnose (the disease and its diagnosis)  
Heft 3: Fremdwörter einer Krankheit (explanation of medical technical terms)    
Heft 6: Morbus Bechterew – Langzeitprotokoll (for collecting individual medical data)  
Heft 9: Alters- und geschlechtsspezifische Probleme beim Morbus Bechterew  (age and gender specific problems of AS sufferers) 
Heft 10: Autofahren mit Morbus Bechterew (car driving with AS)  
Heft 11: Medikamente bei Morbus Bechterew (drug therapy for AS) 
Heft 12: Morbus Bechterew in 100 Fragen (AS in 100 questions)  
Heft 13: Morbus Bechterew – Messwerte für den Krankheitsverlauf, Klassifikations- und Diagnosekriterien 
Heft 14: Gesunde Ernährung bei MB und verwandten Spondyloarthritiden (cook book for AS patients)
Heft 15: Jeder ist ein wenig anders - gut so! - Lebensgeschichten von Frauen mit MB
Morbus Bechterew Gymnastikkalender (exercise program for 4 weeks in wall calendar format)
DVD Bechterew-Recht (legal advice for AS sufferers)
DVD Wassergymnastik-Programm für Patienten mit Morbus Bechterew
DVD Aktiv-Programm für jeden Tag - Morbus Bechterew
Audio-CD Atem- und Bewegungsübungen (audio CD and booklet with AS exercises)
Morbus Bechterew Notfall-Ausweis (emergency card for AS sufferers)
Important events in past and coming year 2011: Annual delegates meeting 25.-26. June 2011 in Frankfurt
Seminars as in other years
2012:Annual delegates meeting 16.-17. June in Oberhof, Seminars as in other years.
Membership fee € 36 minimum per year, € 30 for second person in same family or members being likewise member in a society for a related disease
Remarks  For the 10th time, DVMB invited tenders for their research prize. Contributors had to submit their scientific results in German language before 1 February 2012.


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