Ankylosing Spondylitis Research Study

Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine
And the School of Physical Therapy

• Are you a male aged 18 to 45 years?
• Do you have a first-degree relative with Ankylosing Spondylitis? (Parent, child or sibling)?

If yes, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on the early identification of ankylosing spondylitis!

Dr. Bindu Nair from the Division of Rheumatology and Dr. Stephan Milosavljevic, from the School of Physical Therapy, have recently been awarded research funding to compare physical and blood screening evaluation to MRI findings of people known to be at risk of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Evidence indicates that first degree male relatives of known AS patients carry such risk. A strong relationship between blood serum results, symptom response, physical examination and MRI findings, may provide us with a better way to identify this condition at an early stage.

If you have ankylosing spondylitis and happen to have any first degree male relatives (father, brother or son) aged between 18 to 45 years, they may be eligible to participate in this study on early identification of ankylosing spondylitis.

Interested? For more information please contact 639-480-5595 or

Participant Information and Consent Form

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board – REB-15-218.