About ASIF

ASIF was established in 1988 to increase public awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis and to disseminate knowledge of the disease around the world.

ASIF is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales Charity # 1173902

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)A rheumatic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, is also called ‘Morbus Bechterew’ in some European countries. You will find this popular name of the disease in the name of some European AS societies.

Related DiseasesAnkylosing spondylitis sometimes overlaps with psoriasis, with an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), or with the eye conditions uveitis or iritis.

ASIF is a member of the People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE), a standing committee of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

We cooperate with the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS), the international working group of ankylosing spondylitis researchers.

ASIF has 42 Patient Organisation Members from 39 countries around the world.

Corportate SponsorsASIF is grateful for the support of its industry partners:

ASIF Team

Please click on our team members to read more about them.

  • ZHIVKO YANKOV
    President: ZHIVKO YANKOV Bulgaria
  • ANDRI PHOKA
    Secretary: ANDRI PHOKA Cyprus
  • THIERRY VANNIER
    Treasurer: THIERRY VANNIER France
  • DR. TUNCAY DURUÖZ
    Trustee: DR. TUNCAY DURUÖZ Turkey
  • RUTA GRIGIENE
    Trustee: RUTA GRIGIENE Lithuania
  • RAJ MAHPATRA
    Trustee: RAJ MAHPATRA United Kingdom
  • CASSIE SHAFER
    Trustee: CASSIE SHAFER United States of America
  • ALEKSEI SITALO
    Trustee: ALEKSEI SITALO Russia
  • LILLANN WERMSKOG
    ASIF Trustee LILLANN WERMSKOG Norway
  • YUKI ZENIYA
    Trustee: YUKI ZENIYA Japan
  • DR. UTA KILTZ
    Scientific advisor DR. UTA KILTZ Germany
  • PROF. MARCO GARRIDO CUMBRERA
    Scientific Advisor PROF. MARCO GARRIDO CUMBRERA Spain
  • JO DAVIES
    Executive Support to the Board JO DAVIES United Kingdom
  • VALERIA TASSI
    Assistant Administrator VALERIA TASSI United Kingdom (and Italy and Germany)
  • MICHAEL MALLINSON
    Volunteer (past Trustee and Secretary): MICHAEL MALLINSON Canada
  • JO LOWE
    Project Manager JO LOWE Portugal
  • JOANNE DE BRY
    Communications Manager JOANNE DE BRY United Kingdom
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