International Society
for Experimental Microsurgery


Founded in 1991

Constitution and Bylaws


CONSTITUTION of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EXPERIMENTAL MICROSURGERY

ARTICLE I
The name of the Society shall be THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EXPERIMENTAL MICROSURGERY (I.S.E.M.).

ARTICLE II
The purpose of this Society is to promote the art of microsurgical research activity worldwide. ¬The goal of this new organization is to bring scientists up to date and familiarize with current status of experimental microsurgery. These are the basis for learning the most complex and ever changing techniques in the fields of: neurology; plastic; and re constructive surgery: transplantation and immunology; reproductive medicine and endocrinology; geristric and pediatric surgery maxillofacial and ophthalmologic surgery and many more.

ARTICLE III
The Society will reach its goal by creating an always, updated network among the various medical specialties through courses, meetings, newsletters and publications.

ARTICLE IV
There shall be one type of Active Membership. Active Membership in the Society shall be open to all microsurgical research professionals (M.D.; Ph. D.; V.D.M..; D.D.S.). A candidate to the Active Membership should present credentials such as proof of microsurgical research publications. The Active Membership shall be approved by the Executive Council of the Society which is made up of the immediate Past President and Present Officers (see Article VIII).

ARTICLE V
Dues of the Society shall be assessed by the Executive Council and shall be payable within two months after receiving the notification each year. Failure to pay dues for three consecutive yews shall automatically consider the Member out of the Society.

ARTICLE VI
The President and the President Elect shall stay in office for two years. The President Elect shall automatically succeed the President. President Elect, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer may be elected by simple majority of members. Secretary and Treasurer shall be re elected for a maximum of three consecutive terms. The candidates to the position of President and President Elect must have been Members of the Society for at least six years.

ARTICLE VII
In the case of a President Elect who does not fulfill his duties the Secretary will automatically fill the vacancy.

ARTICLE VIII
The Executive Council shall be formed by the Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. The Executive Council shall appoint 15 to 20 Councilors for 6 years.

ARTICLE IX
The Headquarters of the Society shall be the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. for the convenience of the location, the use of U.S. currency and a center of correspondence.

ARTICLE X
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society. In the absence of the President, the President Elect shall preside and the Secretary shall preside the meeting in the absence of both President and President Elect.

ARTICLE XI
The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the meetings of the Society, and the Membership registration in conjunction with the Membership Chairman if so created, the record of all correspondence pertinent to the well being of the Society, including educational material. The Secretary shall keep the record of transactions pertinent to donations and extra incomes, other than regular membership dues collection. The Treasurer shall transfer all records of annual dues, collection no later than July First of fiscal year to the office of the Secretary.

ARTICLE XII
The Treasurer shall send out annual statements on membership dues to all Members within each January, reminding memos shall be accompanied for delinquency if there is any.

ARTICLE XIII
The Society shall meet every other year for the first six years and then once yearly thereafter. The Meetings shall include a Scientific Meeting and a Workshop. The Meeting site shall be selected by nomination from members, enforced by the Executive Council Members. The Congress site would be preferably concomitant period with other large Congress.

ARTICLE XIV
Vacancies occurring in the Office of the Society, other than that of the President, shall be filled by the appointment of the President until the next Meeting.

ARTICLE XV
The Executive Council shall organize and create several branches to issue the following annually: Membership Log, New Techniques, Improved Techniques, Questions and Answers, Cataloging and Publishing Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings, Newsletters and organizing Teaching Courses.

ARTICLE XVI
This Constitution shall take effect immediately from time of adoption and shall not be amended except by resolution dependent on the vote of two thirds of the Active Members present at a given meeting or through a mail ballot.

ARTICLE XVII
At each Congress, the Congress Host shall document all proceedings, publish and share with Members at expenses by donation, from the Treasurer's account or an actual cost to assess to each participant.

At the Executive Committee Meeting of the ISEM that was held on June 1-3, 2007 in Savignone-Genoa, several points of the Constitution have been discussed.

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