name of the organization is CIANS, International
Association of Integrative Nervous Functions:
Neurobiology of Behaviour and Psychosomatics. The
central office of CIANS will be located at the residence
of the Secretary General.
organized in 1958 and formally founded in 1960, is the
oldest international society in the field of behavioural
neuroscience, integrative physiology and psychosomatic
purpose is to foster the interdisciplinary studies on
problems of practical importance to neuroscience,
psychology and biomedical science, and to the education
of social and health care professionals. It emphasizes
integrative approaches to these problems in order to
understand how and through which mechanisms psychosocial
factors and stress impact on behaviour, homeostasis and
integrative approach is also evident in its further goal
of supporting the development of health care measures
designed to act as adjuncts with other available
modalities to decrease death and disability from disease.
order to fulfill the above goals CIANS will
scientific conferences, workshops, and courses of
continuing education and cooperate in such
activities with other societies;
proceedings of such meetings and co-sponsor
publications of its official organ "Homeostasis"
(formerly Activitas Nervosa Superior), an
international journal devoted to regulatory
mechanisms ranging from molecular to systemic
processes with emphasis on the integrative role of
central nervous system in health and disease.
shall be individual and collective memberships.
Individual membership includes full, honorary and
emeritus status; collective membership includes
affiliate and sustaining members.
order to become full members, scientists and health
professionals active in the area of CIANS interests must
submit a membership application (proposed by two
sponsors, members of CIANS) and be accepted for
membership by the Executive Committee.
and emeritus members
scientist of health professional who has made a
distinguished contribution to CIANS goals and was an
active member of CIANS, shall be admitted to honorary
membership after proposal by three members, approval by
the Executive Committee and election by the Council. The
President may, with the Executive Committee's approval
appoint emeritus members on their retirement from
professional activity after a minimum of 10 years of
open to any scientific society or professional
organization pursuing interests relevant to CIANS
and corporate membership
be extended to any organization, society, industry, or
enterprise. Sustaining membership does not confer on
members of the organization the same rights enjoyed by
General Meeting is the supreme governing body of CIANS
and approves the constitution, amendments thereto,
administrative matters such as election of officers,
members of the Council and reports by its Executive
Committee. Membership approval may be arranged through a
shall hold a General Meeting every fourth year, mainly
in connection with CIANS Conferences. During the
interval between the general meetings, CIANS may
organize meetings devoted to scientific topics.
Council of CIANS is empowered to implement the purposes
defined in this constitution.
CIANS Council shall consist of elected officers and
council members representing individual or collective
members (affiliated societies). The Editor-in-Chief of
Homeostasis will be will be ex-officio member and
chairpersons of scientific committees will be members
ex-officio in an advisory capacity.
election shall be by postal ballot from a slate proposed
by a nominating committee (appointed by the Executive
Committee) with the aim of representing as far as
possible a balanced geographical and professional
distribution of CIANS membership.
Council shall meet at least once in a quadriennium and
at any other time which the President may consider
necessary. A special meeting of the CIANS Council will
also be convened at the request of a majority of its
business of CIANS will be conducted by an Executive
Committee consisting of the President, Vice-Presidents,
Secretary General, Secretary Treasurer, and members of
the Executive Committee. The Vice-Presidents shall be
the immediate Past President and the President Elect.
The Executive Committee shall meet at least annually.
members of the CIANS Council shall be elected for a
period of four years, with the possibility of
re-election for a total of two successive periods of
four years in the same position, except for the
President and Vice-Presidents who shall hold office for
two years only and except for both secretaries whose
stay in office may exceed the above time limit for the
sake of continuity. The CIANS council shall have the
power to replace any unforeseen vacancy among the
executive officers either from the other members of the
Council or from the full or honorary members of CIANS.
President shall have the authority to approve foundation
of scientific committees and of ad-hoc advisory
commissions or panels. Each commission will conduct its
program and elect its own chairman, compatible with
order to facilitate CIANS activities, CIANS members may
organize themselves on a national or regional basis (corresponding
to areas of WHO Regional Offices). They may nominate,
with approval of the President, National Secretaries or
Executive Committee shall formulate and enact by-laws
essential for the efficient application of the
statutes may not be changed except at a General Meeting
or a special meeting of CIANS called for that purpose.
The proposed changes shall be submitted in writing to
the President at least eight weeks before any such
General Meeting and circulated first to the members of
CIANS together with the agenda for the General Meeting.
A two thirds vote of members present will be required to
effect such changes.
of CIANS may be requested by a majority of the ordinary
members of CIANS. The request must be sent to the
President in writing at least ten weeks in advance of a
General Meeting, discussed by the CIANS Council and
circulated to the members of CIANS, together with the
proposed agenda for the General Meeting. No change shall
be made unless two thirds of the members present vote in
favor of the dissolution. In case of dissolution of
CIANS, the funds remaining in the Treasury shall be
given to an international organization for neurosciences.