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History of SSR

Between 22nd and 25th February 1976, the 3rd Congress of the South East Asia and Pacific League Against Rheumatism (SEAPAL) was held in Singapore. This was sponsored by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore and the meeting was organised by many of its members who later founded the Singapore Society of Immunology and Rheumatology that same year. The Congress netted over SGD 40,000 and the entire sum was donated to the Academy in 1976.

During the initial years, the presidents and committee members worked tirelessly to increase local interest, education and research in rheumatology and immunology. Many internationally renowned rheumatologists were invited to speak in various continuing medical education (CME) events, several of which were organised together with the Chapter of Physicians, Academy of Medicine (Singapore). The Ministry of Health, Singapore supported these events by sponsoring medical officers and trainees for our various CME activities.

The society’s Annual Scientific Meeting was first organised in September 1987.

This became a tradition for the next decade until 1998 when Dr Chng Hiok Hee (President, Singapore Society of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology) and Dr Kiran Verrapen (President, Malaysian Society of Rheumatology (www.msr.org.my) organised the First Workshops in Rheumatology in Langkawi from 1st -3rd May 1998. This was geared towards 3 groups: primary care physicians, physicians and rheumatologists. Since then this event which is alternately held in Singapore and Malaysia has brought members of both societies closer together through fostering education, training and research

Landmark Events in the Society’s History

Month/ Year  
February 1976 3rd Congress of the South East Asia and Pacific League Against Rheumatism (SEAPAL) sponsored by Academy of Medicine Singapore, 22-25 Feb
June 1977 Accepted as member of SEAPAL (South East Asia and Pacific League Against Rheumatism)
January 1990 The society is renamed Singapore Society of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology (SSIAR)
October 1993 Society co-organises 4th ASEAN Congress of Rheumatology with the Rheumatism Association of ASEAN (RAA), 31 Oct–4 Nov
June 1997 Society co-organises 19th International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR) Congress of Rheumatology, 8-13 Jun
May 1998 1st Malaysian Society of Rheumatology - Singapore Society of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Workshops in Rheumatology
July 2000 Inaugural Feng Pao Hsii Lecture
January 2005 The society is renamed Singapore Society of Rheumatology (SSR) and a separate society for allergy/immunology [Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society Singapore (ACIS)] is established