About SjÃ¶gren’s Syndrome Association
The Sj�gren�s Syndrome Association, Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit health organization in Montreal, Canada, dedicated to providing support and education to individuals affected by Sj�gren�s syndrome, an immunologic disorder characterized by deficient moisture production of the tear duct (lacrimal), salivary, and/or other glands. Associated symptoms typically include abnormal dryness of the eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), the mouth (xerostomia), and other affected glands. The disorder most commonly affects females over the age of 40 and often occurs in association with certain autoimmune, connective tissue disorders (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or scleroderma). The Sj�gren�s Syndrome Association was formed in 1994 to provide affected individuals and family members with practical information and coping strategies for living with Sj�gren�s syndrome. The organization currently has approximately 160 members and a chapter in Ontario, Canada. It gathers and disseminates medical information relating to Sj�gren�s syndrome, promotes research, and represents the interests all individuals with the disease. In addition, the Sj�gren�s Syndrome Association conducts regular group meetings and physician conferences, promotes public awareness of the disorder, and offers a variety of educational materials including brochures and a regular newsletter that contains medical news, information on current research, and helpful tips for daily living.