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New friends & new ideas at Members' Day 2017

On 17 June we were delighted to welcome a bumper crowd of 150 people to our Members' Day in Sheffield. The event was hosted by Sheffield United FC and saw a full day of information and education provided for those who attended. The day began with the AGM, where...


Back Pain Plus - a campaign update

In 2016 we launched our Back Pain Plus project, aimed at ophthalmologists, dermatologists and gastroenterologists, highlighting the connection between inflammatory back pain plus uveitis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. The main goal of this campaign is to get an increase in appropriate referals to rheumatology to help reduce the 8.5...


New Guide to Biologic Therapy

We have a new guide to biologic therapy We have updated our guide to anti TNF therapy and our new guide to biologic therapy includes information on anti TNF therapy and anti IL 17A.  You can download the guide or use the page-turner version below. Printed copies of the guide will...


Jam with NASS at Reggae on the Lawn!

We're excited to announce that NASS is an official partner of a brand new event this summer - Reggae on the Lawn! Taking place on 20 August, Reggae on the Lawn will be fun-filled day for all the family, featuring a concert full of leading reggae artists, food stalls...


New trustees elected at Members’ Day AGM

NASS is delighted to update you on  the Council of Management elections that took place on Saturday. Two new trustees were appointed to the Council of Management Monika Mayhew Monika is 21 years old and extremely excited for the opportunity to represent NASS as a trustee. She was diagnosed...


Spine Fusion and Flare kicks off for NASS

This weekend sees the beginning of the MONTANE Flare and Fusion races, and NASS is delighted to be the official charity partner.  The Flare and Fusion are summer versions of the iconic MONTANE Spine Race - a 268 mile, non-stop winter challenge encompassing the entire Pennine Way. The trail crosses some...


Congratulations on completing Walk Your AS Off

Crossing the Finish Line  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in this years Walk Your AS Off and to the organisers (Walk AS One) and team captains who put in so much hard work..  This years' grand total step count is: 162,482,554 And our lovable four...


New research on certolizumab (Cimzia) in pregnancy

New research on the anti TNF Cimzia has been released at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR). The results of a pharmacokinetic study presented at EULAR 2017 showed no or negligible placental transfer of the anti TNF drug certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) from mothers to infants during pregnancy. These...


What does the ERAP1 gene do in AS?

You may have read some newspaper reports on research (supported by NASS) at the Botnar Research Centre in Oxford about ERAP1. This is one of the many genes now known to play a role in AS - more than 100 at the last count! HLA B27 remains by far the greatest...


NICE Spondyloarthritis Guideline

NASS has sucessfully campaigned for NICE to produce guidelines on spondyloarthritis Debbie Cook, Chief Executive at NASS has been a member of the Guideline Development Group working with NICE for over two years, particularly giving the patients’ perspective.  The Guideline was issued at the end of February 2017.  NASS will...


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