This organization was founded in London, UK, on 4th June 1995, with a meeting of founding Members (See Annex 1). It shall be known as the World Muscle Society (WMS).
The activities of WMS shall be open to all professionals working in the neuromuscular field, irrespective of nationality, race and political opinion. It shall be a multidisciplinary Society, reflecting in particular the different disciplines involved in the study of neuromuscular disorders and the management of patients with those disorders.
It shall be the Aims of the WMS:
a) to provide a multidisciplinary scientific forum to advance and disseminate knowledge in neuromuscular field for the benefit of patients.
b) to stimulate, encourage and help to develop programs for professionals working in the neuromuscular field
c) to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration
d) to provide opportunities for young investigators in the neuromuscular field
e) to promote the achievement of standards in clinical practice
The means for achieving these aims shall be:
a) the organization of regular meetings to exchange scientific information
b) the organization of teaching courses
c) the promotion of international collaborative research and training
d) the publication of reports
There shall be one category of members: active members. All active members shall have the right to vote and to hold office.
All professionals actively working in the neuromuscular field, irrespective of discipline, are eligible for membership (See Article 2.1). The Executive Board will decide on individual eligibility.
Request for membership shall be submitted by written application to the Executive Board.
The Executive Board will establish the annual membership fee for active members.
Membership will continue subject to paying the annual dues. The Executive Board has the right to terminate membership under special circumstances.
The Executive Board of the WMS shall be: a President a Secretary a Treasurer the Editor-in-Chief of Neuromuscular Disorder at least six additional members
A Nominations Committee will be appointed by the President from the Advisory Board. Members may propose nominations for the Executive Board to the Nominations Committee. The Executive Board will vote on nominations put forward by the Nominations Committee. The membership will vote on the election of officers.
The officers shall each serve a term of 2 years. They are eligible for re-election for a second term.
Any vacancy during the tenure of the Board shall be filled by an individual selected by the Board to complete the unexpired term.
The Executive Board shall meet not less than once every year.
The Executive Board shall consider proposals relating to future meetings.
The President may establish ad hoc committees to further the aims of the Society.
The Secretary will maintain a list of active members and prepare an annual report of WMS activities.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection and disbursement of funds.
In addition to the Executive Board an Advisory Board will be established which is broadly representative of the different disciplines within the neuromuscular field. This Board will advise the Executive Board in relation to all matters of relevance in connection with the activities of the Society.
The WMS shall be ruled as a non-profit organization.
The WMS shall be financed by membership fees. Additional support may be sought from other sources to meet special needs, e.g. the organization of conferences.
The Journal, Neuromuscular Disorders, will be the official Journal of the WMS. The Editor-in-Chief will be a member of the Executive Board.
An Honorary Advisory Board will be establish of representatives from other associations with an interest in neuromuscular disorders.
These articles may be amended, altered or repealed by the vote of at least two-thirds of the voting members, who shall be given at least one (1) month notice of any such changes.
The official language of the Society will be English.
Laszlo Dux Lars
Griggs Hyam Isaacs
Giovanni Nigro Eijiro
Tome Gerta Vrbova
Angelini C, Arahata K, Askanas V, Ben Hamida M, Bobrow M, Brooke M, Brown R, Buckingham M, Campbell K, Cooper B, Danieli GA, Davies K, DiMauro S, Dubowitz V, Dux L, Edsrom L, Edwards R, Emery A, Engel WK, Engel A, Fardeau, M, Fonatine B, Fukuyama Y, Goebel H, Griggs R, Harding A, Harris J, Haussmanowa-Petrusewicz I, Henricksson KG, Hoffman E, Isaacs H, Kakulas B, Kaplan J-C, Karpati G, Kunkel L, Melki J, Mendell J, Merlini L, Monaco T, Munnich A, Nigro G, Nonaka I, Osawa E, Osawa M, Rowland L, Rudel R, Sarnat H, Scarlato G, Schwartz K, Serratrice G, Siegel I, Somer H, Sugita H, Swash M, Voit T, Thomas PK, Tome F, Van Ommen G, Vrbova G, Walton J, Worton R, Yaffe D, Zatz M.
The original WMS Charter document can be download as PDF from here.