András Büki, Andreas Unterberg, Edward D. Hall, Peter Hutchinson, Esther Shohami, Lars Hillered, Robert Vink, Takeshi Maeda, Anthony Figaji, Michael Fehlings, John T. Povlishock, Katsuji Shima, Bo-Michael Bellander, Doortje Engel, David K. Menon, Andrew Maas
Future of the International Neurotrauma Society
Future activities, congresses
Dr. Büki called the meeting to order at 12.30.
Based on the INTS Board meeting two days ago the following points should be discussed, agreed on and made a proposal of in order to propose it to the General Assembly:
how to restructure the society and the leadership
asking for help of a professional consultant
form a real membership
creating a website
Michael Fehlings suggests that now an ad hoc nominating committee should be created in order to make things quicker and easier, and the later on a more formalized structure can be set up.
Question of members/membership arising. Who should be a member?
It would be essential to have an office and have membership, not a big amount but something to show the commitment.
But so many people are member of the National Neurotrauma Society too, so memberships should be harmonized.
Dortje Engel reports her discussion with Susie Hide. Susie is willing to help and the Board agree that they should ask her in a formal way to be a consultant and give a quote about her fee.
It would be a win-win situation if the EANS were the kind of model because their experience, knowledge, materials, etc. can be used.
EANS would be happy to expand their scope and they would be happy to have the name of the participants, David K. Menon said the General Assembly should decide about this.
The followings are needed for the new structure:
Suggestion: the president when he stops being a president should be a secretary in order to retain the knowledge and experience he has acquired during his presidency. This issue was agreed to be decided upon restructuring of the leadership.
Question: whether there is a formal instruction/agreement on international advisory board, is there a formal way in which it is constituted.
For Cape Town there should be a decision made now about an advisory board..
For Cape Town an ad hoc advisory board would be good to have within a few weeks and later on to have a formal structure based on the bylaws, and work out the structure on the way.
Anthony Figaji will make a suggestion considering geographic issue, and will discuss it with the Board.
M. Fehlings gets an unequivocal support to approach AO Neuro.
Cape Town meeting is in two years time, and the IBIA meeting will be very close to the date, there should be a contact made with them, John T. Povlishock offers his help to approach them with the aim of synchronizing activities, changing lecturers.
Tomorrow a proposal should be put to the General Assembly about the intention of restructuring.
Society in 5-10 years’ time
Dortje Engel asked all the members to write down their ideas how they imagine the future of the Society in five-ten years.
Meeting in 2018
According to the plans agreed in Shanghai in 4 years time the meeting will be in North America, most probably in Toronto but there should be a chance given to other applicants, other localities, from North America. The deadline for the application has not been decided.