Dan Reynolds, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, Imagine Dragons, was diagnosed with AS when he was 20 years old. Like so many others living with the disease, Dan’s path to diagnosis was not an easy one. His band was just gaining popularity when his symptoms first appeared, and the severe pain made it difficult for him to perform on stage. After finally receiving a proper diagnosis, he has been able to successfully manage his symptoms and get back to doing the things he loves most. Dan is dedicated to raising awareness of AS and supporting the patient community.
Dr Robinson is a Consultant Rheumatologist working at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia. As well as treating people with AS and conducting trials of new AS treatments, Philip has recently completed a PhD focused on the genetics of AS.
He is particularly interested in how to diagnose people with AS earlier in the course of their disease, using better tools and diagnostic criteria. Dr Robinson discusses lots of rheumatology topics, including AS, on Twitter and on his blog.
Dr Ronan Kavanagh is a Consultant Rheumatologist based in Galway, Ireland. He is a medical writer and blogger, plus a social enthusiast and vlogger.
Richard Howard has been living with AS for 26 years. He is a steadfast advocate for people living with AS, having founded a support group in Los Angeles, California where he lives, and serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America. Richard is a devoted husband, father of two, and even a certified Yoga instructor!
Charis Hill is an active advocate for arthritis, inflammatory and chronic diseases. She was diagnosed with AS in early 2013, and now leads a support group in Sacramento, California sponsored by the Spondylitis Association of America. She works as a professional model.
Dr Shashank M Akerkar is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Mumbai Arthritis Clinic and Research Centre in India. Describing himself as a ‘patient-centric Rheumatologist’, Dr Akerkar regularly tweets and blogs on a range of rheumatology topics (including ankylosing spondylitis). He is also the creator of an app specifically for patients with lupus.