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A small gesture to foster a great hope:
find a cure for Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

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SDS Italian Research Grant 2021

Applications will be due on 18th May 2021. Results will be announced by 14th June 2021, and work will commence on July 1st. Read more


Welcome to our home page: 'Ciao!'

If you've taken the time to open this page, there's a good chance you know about us already. Perhaps you have a child, a relative, a friend or an acquaintance who was born with the disease we're doing our best to find a cure for:

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.

The Association

AISS - Italian Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Association was created a few years ago, by 5 families living in different parts of Italy. Our aim is to offer all the help we can, however little, to anyone and everyone having to deal with this syndrome, which doctors often struggle even to diagnose.

Our motto is simple: 'A small gesture to foster a great hope: find a cure for Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.'

The Syndrome

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) is a rare disease whose frequency, though difficult to determine exactly, is currently estimated at about 1 in 100,000-150,000 live births. The basic clinical features are pancreatic insufficiency at birth, resulting in slow growth, with haematological and bone disorders.

For more detailed information, click here.

In ricordo del prof. Mastella

foto di Gianni Mastella
Desideriamo ricordare e ringraziare il prof. Gianni Mastella che è stato un punto di riferimento della nostra associazione fin dalla sua costituzione.

Grazie prof. Mastella per la sua competenza, per la sua presenza discreta e preziosa, per averci aiutato a muovere i primi passi e per averci sostenuto nei momenti di difficoltà con i suoi indispensabili consigli.

Italian Registry

        logo del Registro Italiano SDS

The Italian SDS Registry (Registro Italiano della Sindrome di Shwachman-Diamond) is a research project to collect and analyse clinical data of patients with SDS, the aim being to improve scientific knowledge and treatment of this rare disease. Visit the site!

Personalised gifts to support us

        confetti colorati
We prepare personalised celebratory scrolls and party favour boxes, if you wish to use a festive event as an opportunity to support our Association.

Information on the Donate page.