Statutes of the
International Society for Vascular Behavioural and
Cognitive Disorders (Vas-Cog)
Name and domicile
Under the name International Society for Vascular
Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (Vas-Cog), an Association of individual persons
according to articles of the "Country" Civil Code is formed. The
Council has its domicile in "City, Country" (to be decided by the
Advancement and promotion of knowledge and treatment
of behavioural, psychiatric and cognitive disorders associated with
cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
Plans of action
The Society shall endeavour to realize this objective
of methods for - experimental work
- clinical studies and trials
recommendations for diagnosis and treatment
funds and bursaries
international exchanges and encourage worldwide representation
f) involving a multidisciplinary approach
g) stimulating research and debate
h) encouraging integration and
participation of young researchers
i) disseminating and translating results
to clinical practice
committees for specific tasks or purposes
k) advancing public education and
l) developing liaison with caregivers
m) liaising with other relevant
n) arranging its own meetings, work shops
and satellite meetings in connection with relevant other meetings
o) producing overviews and supplements
related to the objectives of the Society
p) giving advice to other agents when
q) developing a home page
actions defined by the Executive Committee
Society shall be composed of active members
4.2 As a new active member may be accepted
any individual who has:
past and present record of clinical
activity or research in the field
letter of support by 2 active
members of the society
Persons interested in becoming active member shall
send to the Secretary General their full application material for approval by
the Executive Committee (short CV, list of published papers, letter of support)
memberships. The Society may subsequently decide to establish
categories of membership, which will appear in addenda to the by-
Active members may be asked to pay annual subscriptions in
the amounts and
within the periods set by the Executive Committee.
and Privileges. Active members may participate in the business
sessions of the
Society and may vote.
members are eligible for election to office in the Council. This will not
be the case for
other memberships, if established by the Society.
of membership. Membership shall cease upon:
notice by the member, in which case membership shall cease as of
the following calendar year
c) expulsion in
accordance with a decision of the General Assembly.
Expulsion of a
member must be proposed by the Executive Committee to the General Assembly. An
expulsion shall require for its adoption an affirmative vote by three-fourths
of the votes. Expulsion shall be effective upon the taking of the vote and no
expelled member may be readmitted into membership nor may any expulsion be
revoked except by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the votes from
to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall
consist of 11
persons (the Chairperson, the Treasurer, the Secretary-General, 7 Directors in
charge of the plans of action defined in Article 3, and one representative for
the Research Student Section). The respective functions within the Executive
Committee shall be decided by the Executive Committee itself, including
nominating the Chairperson (who shall have to rotate every two years), the
Treasurer, and the Secretary-General. The attribution of other tasks to each
member of the Executive Committee shall be decided within the Executive
Committee. The Chairperson organizes and chairs the debates but has no
particular power of decision.
5.2 Duration of office. The duration of
office in the Executive Committee shall be 4 years. Re-election of half of the
Executive committee every second year avoids that the whole committee is
changed at the same time. Officers may be re-elected but they may not serve for
more than 8 consecutive years (2 election periods). The representative of the
Research Student Section should be re-elected every second year and may not
serve more than 4 years.
and eligibility. The General Assembly of active members shall elect
among its own members on the proposal of the Nominating
article 6.2 and 9.1). Other active members may also candidate to the election
if suggested by at least 20 active members. Candidates to the election should
be announced at least 1 month before the voting. No more than 2 residents of the same country may be
elected to the Executive Committee.
student is elected by the Research Student Section of the Society.
and activities of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall direct
and conduct the general activities of the
Executive Committee is authorized to carry out tasks not
the General Assembly. In legal actions, the Society shall be
the Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Secretary-General.
Committee shall make decisions by majority vote. In case of
equal vote, the
vote of the Chairperson shall prevail.
Committee shall make decisions about affiliations to other organizations.
Committee shall report on its activities and decisions to the active members at
least every 6 months.
The Executive Committee shall meet at regular intervals, at least
once a year.
Secretariat. The Society shall have a permanent Administrative
which will be supervised by the Secretary-General.
General Assembly is formed by all active members of the Society.
6.2 The General Assembly may vote in writing
(mail or electronic mail), on request of the Executive Committee, or during the
business meeting. Voting by e-mail should be announced at least one month
before the voting starts and should be open for voting during at least 2 weeks.
Votes are sent to the Secretary-General. Individual votes will be kept strictly
confidential. The secretary-General will keep the votes for at least one year
in case that an active member request recounting. All counting is based on those who votes.
6.3 The General Assembly votes for members of
the Executive Committee, members of the Nominating Committee, the location of
the Society Conference, amendments to the Statutes, the dissolution of the
Society, expulsion of a member and any other business suggested by the
Executive Committee or by writing to the Secretary General by 30 or more active members.
6.4 The General Assembly should meet at least every second year at a
business meeting, which may be arranged by the Executive Committee during the
sessions of the Society Conference. The invitation to the business meeting
shall be announced to the members at least 3 months before the date of the
Amendments to the Statutes
Amendments to the Statutes must be proposed by the
Executive Committee or in writing to the Secretary General by 30 or more active
members and must be acted upon within the year following the receipt of this
proposal. An amendment shall require for its adoption an affirmative vote by
three-fourths of the votes.
Society Scientific Congress
8.1 A scientific congress will be organized by
the Society at intervals decided by the Assembly upon suggestion by the
Executive Committee. The venue should normally rotate between continents. The
scientific congress is also open for non-members of the Society.
8.2 Candidates to organize the meeting should send
in their detailed application to the Executive Committee, which distributes the
application to the General Assembly of active members before the voting. The
General Assembly of active members should decide on the venue by voting. The
candidate with at least 50% of the votes shall have the next meeting. If no
candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, a re-voting shall take place
among the two candidates with most votes. The voting shall take place at least
4 years before the scheduled congress (rules for voting, see Article 6.2).
8.3 A local
congress chair is appointed in advance by the Assembly, upon
proposal of the
Executive Committee. The congress chair is responsible for
local organizing Committee. The Executive Committee plus the
congress chair and two
representatives of research students will serve as Program Committee and will appoint an
International Scientific Committee.
8.4 The Program Committee (see 8.3) is
responsible for the program format and content, and for the rules applied to
delegates, sponsors and guests.
8.5 The Scientific Committee (see 8.3) serves
as an advisory board and assesses the abstracts submissions upon directions of
the program committee.
local organizing committee is responsible for the local facilities of the
and all other local logistic aspects.
8.7 The financial and organizational
responsibility of the congress, as well as the handling of profits and deficits
of the congress, will be the subject of a contract between the Society (through
its Executive Committee), the local committee, and an organizing company. The
split of profits and deficits between the local organizers and the Society will
be directed by an addendum to the by-laws.
9.1 Nominating committee. The
nominating committee comprises 5 members elected and suggested by the General
Assembly among its active members. The
duration of office shall be 4 years. The nominating committee nominates its own
chair. The Nominating committee should suggest candidates for the election of
the Executive Committee.
9.2 Research students section. The
Society should develop a section for research students, with its own
Coordinating Committee. Membership to this section is only open to research
students. This section shall work under the same statutes as the parent
organization, and advise the Society regarding matters of importance for young
researchers. The Research Students Section shall have a representative on the
Executive Committee and two on the Program Committee.
Dissolution of the Society
of dissolution. The dissolution of the Society shall only be decided
upon by an
affirmative vote of three-fourth of the active members of the
of assets. The General Assembly deciding on the dissolution of the
be competent to decide how the assets of the Society shall be
ADDENDUM TO THE BY-LAWS (These are comments to the
articles in the by-laws. The articles mentioned below, thus refers to the
article in the by-laws that they comment on)
4.2 Founding members of the Society should
automatically be Active members when the statutes are approved by the Founding
4.3. The Society will also be composed of associate members. Persons
interested in becoming associate members shall send to the Secretary General
their full application material. As a new associate member may be accepted any
individual who has a past and present record of clinical activity or research
in the field. The Secretary General will then register them as associate
members. The applicant can also apply for 'active membership' as stated in
paragraph 4.2. They will then be associate members until their status as active
members is approved by the Executive Committee
categories of membership could be e.g.
students' (research students who have yet not established themselves to be able
to be active members)
*other persons who are interested
in the area but do not fulfil the requirements for active membership
5.1 Among other tasks given to members of the executive committee could be
editor of home page, responsible for raising funds, chair of scientific
committee, responsible for educational matter etc.
first election will thus be on 10 persons, out of whom 5 have to be re-elected
after 2 years. In the first election it should be stated which candidates who
are going to be subject to re-election after 2 years.
5.1. It is
recommended that, if possible, each gender should be represented
at least 3 members, that all continents with a substantial number of members
should be represented and that one member should be a research student.
5.1 In addition to the 11 voted
persons for office in the executive committee, the chairs of forthcoming
Vas-Cog congresses, voted by the members, should be full members of the
executive committee until two months after the congress has taken place.
5.1 In addition, the chairs of
the scientific committee for forthcoming Vas-Cog congresses should be full
members of the executive committee until one month after the congress has taken
General assembly January 16, 2009,
in Singapore, approved that Monique
Breteler could be chair and member of executive committee
from 2009-2011, despite not being member of the Executive Committee,
and that she as such could become voting member of the Executive Committee
during that period.
General assembly January 16, 2009,
decided to make Vladimir
Hachinski Founding President
for the Society for the rest of his life.
5.1 The General assembly September 14, 2011,
approved the addendum that the number of Student Members in the Executive Committee should be three.
5.2 The General assembly January 16, 2009, in Singapore,
approved retrospectively that Vladimir Hachinski was Chair of the Society for 6
8.5 It is recommended that, if possible, each gender should be represented
by at least 3
members, that all continents with a substantial number of members should be
represented and that one member should be a research student.
9.1 The General assembly January 16, 2009, in Singapore,
approved that for the election of Executive Committee
2009-2013, the Executive Committee suggested Nominating Committee (Srikanth, Philip Wolf, Ken Rockwood, Geerlings).
The fifth, Alida Gouwe, was selected by the Student section.