Revised and Accepted by the Membership at the June 1999
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this society
shall be "The American Association of Neuropathologists, Incorporated."
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of the
Association shall be to advance the science, practice and teaching of
The science of neuropathology is
understood to include the study of diverse aspects of diseases of the
nervous system, including changes at tissue, cellular, subcellular and
molecular levels, with a consideration of the etiology and
pathophysiology, genetics, epidemiology, and clinical manifestations of
such diseases. The practice of neuropathology is understood to include
diagnosis of diseases of the nervous system, and teaching and training in
the science and practice of neuropathology.
Active members shall be graduates in
medicine or veterinary medicine or hold doctoral degrees in pathology or
neuropathology who, when elected, are actively engaged in neuropathology
including teaching, research, diagnosis and/or practice. They shall have
made original contributions to neuropathology and have had at least four
years of specialized training and/or experience in the study of diseases
of the nervous system. At least two of these years must directly concern
neuropathology, applied or experimental. Active members shall have full
voting privileges and the right to be elected and serve as officers and
councilors of the Association and to serve on committees.
Associate members shall be persons of postdoctoral status who have
had at least four years training and/or experience in any field related to
neuropathology and who have made original contributions to neurological
sciences. Associate members shall have the right to vote on the admission
of new associate members and have the right to serve on committees and on
the Executive Council.
Affiliate members shall be in
one of two categories: 1) Those engaged in the study of neuropathology who
have completed at least one year of this study and who must qualify for
active or associate membership according to Article III, Sections 1 and 2
within five years after election. If qualification for active or associate
membership is not achieved within five years, the affiliate membership
will be automatically rescinded, pending review by council, and 2)
Outstanding individuals who have contributed meritoriously to the field of
Neuropathology but who do not hold a doctoral degree. Affiliate members
are not eligible to hold office, serve on committees or vote on the
admission of new active or associate members.
Honorary members shall be exceptionally distinguished investigators
or teachers in the field of the neurological sciences. They shall not be
eligible to hold office or vote in the Association, and shall be exempt
from the payment of dues.
Senior members shall be
former active or associate members who upon retirement from active
professional life have requested and been granted this status. They no
longer have to pay dues to the Association, but are entitled to all their
previous membership privileges.
ARTICLE IV: ELECTION OF
Candidates for active and honorary
membership shall be nominated in writing by two active members of the
Association. Candidates for affiliate and for associate membership may be
nominated by two active and/or associate members. Any member in good
standing who anticipates retirement may request in writing a change in
status to the senior category. The request should be submitted to the
Membership Committee and that Committee’s decision will have to be
approved by the Executive Council.
shall submit to the Chairman of the Membership Committee a completed
application form. Candidates for Honorary Membership shall have submitted
on their behalf two explanatory letters from two Active Members of the
Association in lieu of an application form.
application will be reviewed by the Membership Committee and the
application with a recommendation will be submitted to the Council. After
receiving the recommendation of the Membership Committee, the Council will
vote on the application. The list of proposed members will be circulated
to the membership for comments, and final action will be ratified by the
membership at the annual meeting.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS AND
The officers of the Association shall
be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice-President, a
Vice-President-Elect, a Vice-President for Professional Affairs, a
Secretary-Treasurer, and an Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.
The officers shall be elected for a term of one year or from the end
of the annual meeting of their election through the next annual meeting.
The Vice-President for Professional Affairs, the Secretary-Treasurer and
the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer may be re-elected, but not serve more
than five consecutive times.
The Council of the
Association shall consist of the officers, the three preceding presidents
of the Association, two members-at-large and the Editor-in-Chief of the
Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. One of the
members-at-large may be an associate member. The member-at-large shall
serve for a period of four years, one member-at-large being elected
alternately every two years.
As a member society, the
Association is represented in the International Society of Neuropathology
by a designated number of councilors. The councilors shall be elected for
a term of three years, renewable once. Election of councilors will occur
at the annual business meeting at least 12 months but not exceeding 24
months prior to the International Congress of Neuropathology. Councilors
will represent the interest of the American Association of
Neuropathologists and carry out such duties requested by officers of the
International Society and Congress.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTION OF
The President shall appoint annually the
last four preceding presidents as a Nominating Committee under the
chairmanship of the immediate past president. The Nominating Committee
shall nominate the candidates for the offices of the Association and the
Councilors of the International Society of Neuropathology to be filled at
the Annual Meeting. Active Members of the Association may also present
nominations from the floor at the time of the meeting.
Nominating Committee in consultation with the President and Vice-President
of the Association, upon recommendation of an active or associate member,
shall select recipients of the Award for Distinguished Service to
A majority of the votes cast by the
active members present at the annual meeting shall be necessary for
election of officers.
The officers of the Association
shall be active members.
The Vice-President for
Professional Affairs shall be fully licensed to practice medicine and
shall be engaged in diagnosis and teaching of neuropathology.
ARTICLE VII: DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
The President shall direct the affairs
and preside over all the meetings of the Association and of the Council.
He shall be empowered to call special meetings and shall appoint all
committee chairmen, except the chairman of the Professional Affairs
Committee, and in consultation with each chairman, shall appoint the other
members of each committee, except as provided for the Nominating Committee
(Article VI, Section 1). There will be the following standing committees:
Nominating, Membership, Program, Constitution, Professional Affairs and
Awards. No committee chairman may serve consecutively as such for more
than two years. Members of the Professional Affairs Committee, including
its Chairman, may serve as such for up to five years. Liaison shall be
maintained with the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology,
the Diagnostic Slide Session and such other functions as may be
appropriate for the best interests of the Association and of the science
The president shall appoint an Archivist who
will serve a term of four years and who may be reappointed. The President
shall select the Fishman-Moore and Korey lecturers each year in
conjunction with the Nominating Committee and the Chair of the Program
The Membership Committee reviews applications of
candidates for membership in the Association and determines eligibility
for acceptance in the appropriate category in accordance with guidelines
noted in Article III.
The Program Committee selects and arranges
the scientific program for the annual meeting through a mechanism
determined jointly by the Committee Chairman, committee members and in
consultation with the president. The Constitution Committee is charged
with maintenance of the Constitution as a useable guide to governing the
affairs of the Association. Changes in the Constitution may be considered
at the request of five or more active or associate members of the
Association to the President and other officers. Drafts of changes are
handled as outlined in Article XII.
The Awards Committee is
charged with the task of determining awardees of the Weil Award, the Moore
Award, and the Rubinstein Award utilizing broad guidelines previously
outlined when the awards were established. Criteria for judging are
established by the Committee in consultation with the appropriate officers
of the Association.
The President, President-Elect
and Secretary-Treasurer shall be ex-officio members of all committees.
The President-Elect automatically becomes President
at the end of the term of the incumbent President. The
Vice-President-Elect automatically becomes Vice-President at the end of
the term of the incumbent Vice-President.
Vice-President shall assist the President in the discharge of his duties
and shall perform the duties of the President in case of his absence or
The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a
correct and permanent record of the meetings and of the financial
transactions of the Association and shall submit a financial report at the
Annual Meeting. He shall conduct the correspondence and, with the
President, shall notify new members of their election to membership. He
shall perform such other duties as may be demanded in conducting the
business of the Association and shall assist the Program Committee in
preparing the program of the annual meeting.
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer shall carry out such duties as are assigned
him by the Secretary-Treasurer. In addition, he will coordinate all
Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities throughout the year, as well
as at the Annual Meeting.
The Vice-President for
Professional Affairs shall be chairman of the Professional Affairs
Committee. He shall keep the Association informed in all professional
affairs affecting the practice, including teaching, research, training and
certification in neuropathology. Subject to the wishes of the President,
he may represent the Association at meetings with representatives of other
organizations, public or private, in the pursuit of information pertaining
to professional affairs. The members of the Professional Affairs Committee
shall be licensed to practice medicine and shall be actively engaged in
the practice of neuropathology.
The Archivist shall
maintain files to include but not limited to the curriculum vitae of
members and of applicants passed by the Membership Committee, past
programs and abstracts of papers presented at the meeting, a set of slides
and case information for slides presented at the Slide Session, all
correspondence and printed matter, and other memorabilia.
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS
There shall be
an annual meeting of the Association which shall be held at the time and
place designated by the President and Council.
Scientific Session of the annual meeting, the members of the Association
and invited guests shall present communications related to their work in
The titles of the scientific
presentations, together with their summaries, shall be communicated to the
Program Chairman at least three months in advance of the meeting. The
Program Committee shall allot the time for each presentation. The program
of the meeting shall be mailed by the Secretary-Treasurer to the members
at least four weeks in advance of the meeting.
business session of the annual meeting, ten percent of the active
membership, or 50 active members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a
quorum. Only members in good standing may attend, and only active members
shall have the right to vote, except as indicated in Article III, Section
The order of business at all business meetings
shall be as follows:
* proof of notice of meeting
* reading of
minutes of the previous meeting
* receiving of communications
reports of officers and committee chairman
* unfinished business
The authority on parliamentary procedure
shall be "Robert’s Rule of Order Revised" in all cases to which they are
applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution of
the Association. Any question regarding priority of business shall be
decided by the Chair without debate. The foregoing order of business may
be altered or suspended at any meeting by a majority vote of the active
The Council of the Association shall
meet at least once yearly to advise the officers of the Association on all
matters pertaining to the purposes and best interests of the Association,
and shall fulfill such other duties as are stated in Article IX. The
Council may, at the request of the President, hold additional meetings at
any time of the year upon sufficient written notice to all members of the
The Diagnostic Slide Session is recognized
and conducted as a part of the annual meeting, and a time for such
presentation shall be designated and published in the program. The
financial report of the Diagnostic Slide Session shall be incorporated
into financial report of the Association.
ARTICLE IX: DUES AND
EXPENSES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Active, associate and
affiliate members shall pay such dues as proposed by the Council and
approved by majority vote of the active members present at the annual
The Council may, upon appropriate action,
exempt individual members from payment of dues. After 25 years of
membership, after reaching age 65, or upon retirement for age or
disability, members may apply to the Council and be granted senior status
which shall relieve them of any obligation for payment of dues. No member
shall lose any of his previous rights by reason of any such exemption from
payment of dues.
No officer or councilor of the
Association shall receive compensation for his services. The President may
authorize the payment to any officer or committee member of reasonable
reimbursement for expenses incurred on behalf of the Association.
ARTICLE X: FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP
the annual meeting will not be accepted from members in arrears in their
dues as of January 1. Members in arrears will also not continue to receive
the Journal or mailings from the Secretary-Treasurers’ office. Failure of
any member of the Association to pay dues for two years, unless exempted
as provided for in Article IX, Section 2, may be considered sufficient
cause to remove that individual from membership in the Association on
recommendation of the Council. The Secretary-Treasurer shall, three months
before the annual meeting, notify those members who may be liable to
forfeit membership, but failure of the member to receive such notification
shall not relieve the member of his responsibility. Unethical conduct of a
member may also be brought to the attention of the Council for
consideration of cancellation of membership.
Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
The association shall publish the Journal of Neuropathology and
Experimental Neurology, which shall be the official journal of the
Association to which all Association members shall automatically
subscribe, with the exception of senior and honorary members.
The Council and members of the Association shall
appoint an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal who must be an Active Member of
the Association and who shall serve for a period of five years, renewable
once for a five year term, but not more than ten consecutive years. This
period may be lengthened or shortened for due cause by approval of the
Council and Members. The Editor-in-Chief shall appoint an Editorial Board
of limited tenure; members of the Editorial Board shall serve for periods
of 2, 3 or 4 years, renewable at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief,
but for not more than 6 consecutive years. The majority of the Editorial
Board shall be composed of Active or Associate members of the Association.
The size of the Editorial Board will be such as to meet the needs of the
Journal as determined by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief, with
the advice of the Editorial Board, shall have full authority and
responsibility for control of the Journal editorial policy and
arrangements for publication.
When a new Editor-in-Chief is to be
selected a Search Committee shall be appointed by the President with
approval of the Council no later than 1 year before expiration of the term
of the incumbent Editor-in-Chief. The Search Committee shall consist of no
less than five and no more than seven Active members and shall include two
members of the Council, two members from the membership-at-large and the
incumbent Editor-in-Chief. No member of the Search Committee shall be a
candidate for the position of Editor-in-Chief unless the Council decides
that due cause and special circumstances require the incumbent
Editor-in-Chief to serve an extended term of limited tenure.
The Association through its Council shall have full
authority and responsibility for the financial management of the Journal
and shall provide the funds needed for the publication of the Journal, as
determined by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief shall present a
full account of the use of these funds to the Council at its annual
meeting or at other times as may be requested by the Council, President,
ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS
motion to amend the Constitution may be made by the Constitution Committee
or by five other active members. If initiated by the latter, they should
sign such a motion and present it to the Secretary-Treasurer, who in turn
will submit it to the Constitution Committee for consideration and
comments. Any motion to amend the Constitution must then be communicated
to the members of the Association at least four weeks before the annual
meeting. For such amendments to be adopted, it shall require an
affirmative vote of three-fourths of the active members present at the