The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India


The ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program

Four-week training activity at an academic institution in the US or India to attending the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA from November 7-13, 2019.

Research Methodology Workshops

The research methodology workshop to be conducted in 4 parts of India for this year.

East Zone: Bhubaneshwar, ILS, 29 - 30 June, 2019

North Zone: Chandigarh, PGIMER, 6 - 7 July, 2019

West Zone: Ahmedabad (dates to be announced soon)

South Zone: IRACON at Puducherry

click to download poster for the research methodology workshop

APLAR SpA registry

APLAR invites members of IRA who are interested in contributing to APLAR SpA registry. The details of the proposal are enclosed. If you are interested Please contact Prof Amita Aggarwal (IRA member in APLAR SpA SIG) at by June 15 and provide the following information

  • The name of the center and the coordinator
  • What's the estimated number of recruitment at that centre?
  • Are there any special concern on proposal/data to be collected ?

Thank you very much and please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

click to download APLAR SpA Registry Information

click to download APLAR SpA Registry Proposal

IRA invites expression of interest for developing an E-voting system

Expression of interest from companies/firms for conduct of online elections for Indian Rheumatology Association :

The Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) is planning to conduct its biennial elections through an online portal starting this year, i.e. 2019.

The IRA has a membership of 1300.

We invite expression of interest from firms / companies with experience and expertise in this domain. The vendors are hereby asked to put up their bids containing relevant details of their experience in this field by Email. A suggested format is enclosed..

These bids should reach latest by 1700HRS. on Monday, 18 March, 2019.

The vendors would be expected to contact all members individually by Registered / Speed Post and confirm their present contact details and Email ids before the start of the election process.

The vendors should not put up any financial bids at this stage.

Shortlisted bidders would be asked to make a Powerpoint presentation (10 minutes) in Bangalore on Sunday, the 24th. of March, 2019 in front of the Executive Committee of the IRA where the vendors would also be asked to put up their financial bids in a sealed cover.

Expression of interest.

Those who are interested in bidding can send the bid as an email to (Chief, Advanced centre for Paediatrics, PGIMER, Chandigargh )
with cc to and

Format for bidding for conduct of online elections of Indian Rheumatology Association:
Name of the firm
Registered address
Date of incorporation
Name of the Chief Executive Officer
Contact details, including cell phone numbers and Email ids
GST Number
Details of experience in this domain (including names of societies for which online elections have been / are being held)
References, if any

IRA invites application for contribution to the national database

India lacks a database for common rheumatic diseases, without which we depend on the western description for our patients. The clinical presentations, complications, treatment response and outcome of rheumatic diseases in India is therefore unknown. Although COPCORD studies have generated some community based symptom related database, the diagnoses are largely unknown or underestimated. With this background we intend to generate a database to understand clinical presentation and outcome of ten selected common rheumatic diseases in referral centers setup across the nation, henceforth termed as “IRA database project”. The two specific objectives of the project would be,

1. To characterize the clinical presentations and demographics of common rheumatic diseases.

2. To assess treatment outcome of common rheumatic diseases using existing protocols in referral centers setups in India.

The data for the project shall be captured in a computerized record form (CRF) drafted individually for each of the 10 common rheumatic diseases: RA, Spondyloarthritis, Gout, Sjogren’s syndrome, SLE, Scleroderma, Myositis, MCTD, ANCA vasculitis, and Takayasu arteritis.The individual centers data can only be accessed by that center and it will not be possible to access other centers data.The central database generation and data management will be done by the Department of Biostatics, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore. For the same purpose, we invite interested centreswith electronic record system and their proposed principal investigators (PIs) to participate in the project. Interested centresand PI’s can contact at the following address for further details.

Last Date: May 15

Contact person:

Dr.(Prof) Debashish Danda


President , Indian Rheumatology Association

Email :

Ex-Vice President & Treasurer, Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR)

Editor in Chief, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (IJRD)

Professor & Head, Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology, Christian Medical college & Hospital, Vellore, India

Address for communication:

Dept. of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Christian Medical College Hospital, Ida Scudder Road Vellore 632 004


Contact No: 91-0416-228-2529 (Tel)