EULAR Advocacy Committee

The EULAR Advocacy Committee engages with the EU as well as other national political institutions as a recognised partner and source of expertise in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The Committee fights for the recognition of the needs of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) by advocating research and education in rheumatology, promoting the EULAR brand as a reliable source of information, coordinating the work of the Sub-Committee(s) (Communication), and providing strategic guidance on all EULAR messages to internal and external audiences.

Advocacy Committee By-Laws

Communications Sub-Committee By-Laws

Communications Sub-Committee Regulations

Chair: Prof. Loreto Carmona, Spain
Prof. Margreet Kloppenburg, Netherlands
Advisor: Prof. Gerd Burmester, Germany & Prof. Annamaria Iagnocco, Italy
Consultant: Rory Douglas Home & Frans Green
Sub-Committee Chair: Anna Voormann, Germany

Committee Members
Loreto Carmona, Spain
Margreet Kloppenburg, Netherlands
Gerd Burmester, Germany
Annamaria Iagnocco, Italy
Anna Voormann, Germany
Andri Phoka, Cyprus
Sina Bugeja, Malta
Fernando Estevez-Lopez, Spain
Thea Vliet-Vlieland, Netherlands
Xabier Michelena Vegas, Spain
Olena Zimba, Poland
Jelena Vojinovic, Serbia
Philipp Sewerin, Germany
Ayhan Dinc, Turkey
Razvan Ionescu, Romania
Lidia Teixeira, Portugal
Zoltan Szekanecz, Hungary
Elena Nikiphorou, United Kingdom
Ricardo Ferreira, Portugal
Oliver Hendricks, Denmark
Pia Isomaki, Finland
Rikke Moe, Norway
Laure Gossec, France

EULAR Communications Sub-Committee

The Communications Sub-Committee supports EULAR's and the Committee's objective and has the following aims: 

  • provide strategic advice on EULAR communications, such as the EULAR communication plan, website and other digital communications, PR campaigns, EULAR App and emerging products; 
  • provide strategic advice on all aspects regarding the official EULAR publications (Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases), such as policies in academic publishing, advertising, applications for Editor of journal, contract with the publisher, ethical policies (e.g. duplicate publication, plagiarism, conflict of interest, etc.). 

The Sub-Committee does not pursue gainful or self-help purposes. 

Sub-Committee Chair: Anna Voormann, Germany

Sub-Committee Members 

Deshire Alpizar, Mexico
Francis Berenbaum, France
Johannes Bijlsma, Netherlands
Nele Caeyers, Belgium
Mrinalini Dey, United Kingdom 
Oliver Hendricks, Denmark
Helena Marzo-Ortega, United Kingdom, Spain
Rikke Moe, Norway
Edoardo Prediletto, United Kingdom
Paul Studenic, Austria

Related Information
EULAR Advocacy Newsletter 

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EU Parliament Interest Group on RMDs

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Links to Other Organisations

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RMD Definition

EULAR description on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs)

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EULAR Statutes, Reports, and By-Laws

The official statutes of the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology, EULAR

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EULAR Committees

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