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Objectives and Purposes

The principal object of this Society shall be to form Asian and Australasian organization to foster the study and teaching of better treatment of persons afflicted with injuries, lesions, diseases and abnormalities of the brain. The purpose of this Society shall be as follows:
a. To foster the use of stereotactic and functional neurosurgical methods for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system.
b. To advance stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate education and continuing education, and to promote administrative facilities necessary to achieve these goals.

The society shall strive to achieve its objects in particular through:
a. Congresses and lectures as well as scientific publications.
b. Personal contact and close relationship among the members themselves and with physicians and paraclinical scientists in all specialized fields related to stereotactic and functional surgery of the nervous system.

Meetings

The Society shall meet once every second year or at such other times and places as the officers deem suitable.

Constitution & Bylaws

Article I. Name

This Society shall be named, known and styled as:

Asian Australasian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

 

The abbreviation of the society name shall be AASSFN

 

Article II. Objectives and Purposes

 

The principal object of this Society shall be to form Asian and Australasian organization to foster the study and teaching of better treatment of persons afflicted with injuries, lesions, diseases and abnormalities of the brain. The purpose of this Society shall be as follows:

a.
To foster the use of stereotactic, functional and computer assisted neurosurgical methods for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system
b.
To advance stereotactic and functional neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate education and continuing education, and to promote administrative facilities necessary to achieve these goals.

The society shall strive to achieve its objects in particular through:

a.

Congresses and lectures as well as scientific publications.

b.
Personal contact and close relationship among the members themselves and with physicians and paraclinical scientists in all specialized fields related to stereotactic and functional surgery of the nervous system.
This society shall be non-profit and shall thus serve the public interests.
 

Article III. Membership

 

Section 1. Types

 

There shall be four types of memberships in the Society: active, associate and honorary and corresponding.

a.
A person may become an active member on the basis of his education and his previous work concerning the theoretical and practical application of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery of the nervous system. A candidate must have completed university training or comparable professional training. Candidates for active membership must have been trained in neurological surgery.
b.
Associate membership can be granted to any physician or paraclinical scientist who is practically and theoretically occupied with the relevant field of specialty or parts thereof.
c.
Honorary membership may be granted to persons of outstanding importance in the neurosciences.
d.
Corresponding members shall be contributors to the field who might serve on special committee with full membership responsibilities
 

Section 2 Rights and Duties of Members

 

Members are entitled to participate in all events of the society, as far as not otherwise designated, and are entitled to use all facilities of the society to the extent which opportunity permits. The society nevertheless reserves the right to set a fee for participation in the events held.

Active members have voting rights and shall be entitled to vote at General Meetings of the society and to be elected to office.

Members should maintain and support the interests of the society to the best of their ability, to respect its constitution and should make use of their rights according to the constitution whenever possible.

 

Section 3. Endorsement

 

No form of membership in this Society shall be interpreted as endorsing the qualifications of the respective member to perform operations on human patients. Members, who use their membership for advertising purposes in any way, shall forfeit this membership. The Executive committee shall have the power to suspend or expel any member who fails to maintain his good professional standing.

 

Article IV. Officers and Executive Committee members

 

Section 1. Officers

The Officers of this Society shall be the President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 2. The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of members to be elected at the business meeting of the Society. These executive committee members shall serve until their successors have been qualified.

 

Article V. President, Honorary President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Committee members

 

Section 1. President

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society; He shall sign all orders drawn on the treasury when so authorized; have charge of all title deeds, papers, books and records not especially entrusted to other officers; appoint all committees not otherwise provided for; and perform all such other duties as usually appertain to the office of the President of a Society. He shall be entitled to vote at the meetings of the Society only in cases of a tie vote. He shall supervise the execution of all rules of the Society.

Section 2. Honorary President

Honorary president may be granted to a person who has served as the President previously. He shall have right to attend the Executive Committee and to give advice, but he shall have no right to vote.

Section 3, Vice-President

The Vice-President shall perform all duties of the President in the case of his absence, death, resignation or inability to act. He shall assist the President in such matter as necessary. He shall be in charge of all committees. The succession of the presiding officers thereafter shall be: Secretary-Treasurer

 

Section 4, Secretary-Treasurer

 
a.
As the Treasurer, he is responsible for the economic and budgetary administration of the society. He is the only person who is authorised to sign financial matters regarding the Society. He acts on the written request of the president. Further assignments of responsibility for internal business matters shall be regulated by the Executive Committee
b.
As the Secretary, he shall keep accurate minutes of the proceedings at the meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors. He shall issue printed or written notice of all meetings of the Society and the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties pertaining to his office as may be required from time to time by the Board of Directors
c.
As the Secretary, he shall maintain and update the Web site of the Society.
 

Section 5, Executive committee

The executive committee members shall be elected by the majority vote of the members of the Society at the meeting of the Society; the newly elected executive committee members shall thereupon nominate and elect, by majority vote, the officers for the forthcoming years. Officers shall attend the executive committee.

 
The Executive Committee shall have the following duties
a.

To confer and decide upon fundamental questions dealing with the society.

b.
To maintain contact with the national societies in the home countries of the individual members.
c.
To coordinate the administrative and scientific wishes of the members' native countries.
d.
To decide upon appeals of expulsion from the society.
 

Decisions are made in the Executive Committee on the basis of a simple majority of votes cast. In case of a tie, the President shall have the casting vote.

 

Section 6, Advisery Board

He shall have right to attend the Executive committee and to give advice, but he shall have no right to vote.

 

Article VI. Meetings

The Society shall meet once every second year or at such other times and places as the officers deem suitable.

Article VII. Amendments


This Constitution and Bylaws shall be altered and amended only upon a recommendation originating with the Executive Committee Members and approved by a simple majority of votes cast by members in good standing at a regular meeting or a special meeting of the Society. Proposed amendments must be first submitted in writing to the Executive Committee.

Article VIII. Adoption of Bylaws


The constitution and bylaws were adopted by the founding executive committee members on January 9, 2009 at Hong Kong.






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