The Royal Belgian Society for Rheumatology (KBVR-SRBR) was founded in 1926. It aims at increasing clinical and scientific knowledge in the field of the rheumatic diseases. (for the articles of association, see the Dutch and French pdf files below). The Society stimulates research and studies. It is interested in all aspects of rheumatology and particularly those pertaining to the patients. Efficient service to the patient is impossible if practice of rheumatology is inefficient or rendered impossible; therefore, professional aspects cannot be disregarded by the Society.

Recent development of expensive biological treatments for the inflammatory rheumatic diseases brings additional responsibility to the Society. Like in the neighbouring countries, such as the United Kingdom and France, the Society has a role to play, in collaboration with the Social Security and the Drug companies, in defining criteria for refunding, and in surveillance of unexpected adverse effects.

The Society collects funds for research, has a Committee for social affairs, one for Professional aspects and one for the Website. The Society organizes a yearly national congress.

After 50 years of successful operation, in 1976, the society was entitled "Royal". On that occasion, Rheumatological Days were held in Brussels and started with an Academic session. The president of the Society gave an opening speech. The full text and a picture of a commemorative medal are available in attachment at the bottom of the page.


Board members

> Pr Bernard Lauwerys President (2014-2018)
> Pr Dirk Elewaut President-elect (2016-2020)
> Dr Valérie Badot Vice-president (2016-2020)
> Dr Pascale Volders Secretary General (2016-2020)
> Dr Griet De Brabanter Treasurer (2014-2018)
> Dr Laurent Meric de Bellefon Adjunct Treasurer (2016-2020)
> Pr. Patrick Verschueren Adjunct Secretary (2016-2020)
> Pr Rene Westhovens Former President, Counselor
> Dr. Silvana Di Romana Administrator (2016-2020)
> Pr Patrick Durez Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr Ilse Hoffman Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr. Peggy Jacques Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr Rik Joos Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr Jan Lenaerts Administrator (2016-2020)
> Pr. Rik Lories Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr Adrien Nzeusseu Toukap Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr Stefaan Poriau Administrator (2016-2020)
> Dr. Maria Stoenoiu Coopted Administrator
> Dr. Christian von Frenckell Coopted Administrator