PNS Committees are the Foundation of our Society

PNS members are invited to serve on committees and collaborate on projects that strengthen our Society. Participating on committees is how our members get the most out of their membership. PNS committee members have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues from around the world and  help shape the future direction of the PNS.

New committee member terms commence in June, in conjunction with the PNS Annual Meeting.  A call for volunteers is sent to all active members each Spring, inviting new members to apply.

PNS COMMITTEES
 

Bylaws Committee (Ad Hoc)

Chair: Steven S. Scherer, MD, PhD, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Vice Chair: Pieter van Doorn, MD, PhD, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
This Committee shall review, in consultation with the Executive Office, the PNS governing documents on a periodic basis and make appropriate recommendations to the Board and the membership, as necessary.  In addition, the Committee may be called upon to help in the interpretation of the Bylaws.


Communications & Website Committee

Chair: Amro Stino, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Vice Chair: Karissa Gable, MD, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
This Committee serves the needs of society members by providing oversight of the PNS website and offering suggestions for improvement of the PNS' online presence. This Committee works with the Executive Office to create and aid in the dissemination of PNS Communication materials, including best practices for social media, website, and e-mail campaigns. 


Finance Committee

Chair: Michael Polydefkis, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
This Committee oversees the finances of the PNS. They advise the Board with respect to the annual budget, the handling of reserve funds, investments and depositories and other financial matters for the Society.


Education Committee 

Chair: Alessandra Bolino, PhD, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
Vice Chair: Brian Callaghan, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
This Committee’s objective is to increase the presence of the PNS at appropriate meetings while promoting education, good clinical practice, and research in neuropathies internationally. The Committee is tasked with promoting the diffusion of the knowledge on the clinical, neurophysiologic, pathological, pathogenetic and therapeutic aspects of the different forms of peripheral nerve disorders among basic scientists and clinicians.  The Committee will collaborate with different neurological societies and national neurological associations to expand the interest in peripheral nerve disorders, promoting the multidisciplinary nature of the Peripheral Nerve Society.


Guidelines Committee (Ad Hoc)

Chair: Davide Pareyson, MD, Carlo Besta Neurological Institute IRCCS Foundation, Milan, Italy
Vice Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
This Committee identifies topics in peripheral neuropathy requiring guidelines. Then works closely with our partner organizations to develop a taskforce of dual members to write or endorse existing guidelines.


International Outreach Committee

Chair: Umapathi Thirugnanam, MD, National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore
Vice Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
This Committee’s objective is to explore and identify professional development needs and resources that support advances in the field of peripheral neuropathy worldwide.  In addition, this Committee serves as the selection committee for the PNS Annual Meeting travel grant recipients.
 

Junior Committee

Chair: Luuk Wieske, MD, PhD, Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vice Chair: Kathryn Moss, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Staff Liaison: Tanya Baker
This Committee serves the needs of society members by advising the PNS Board on PNS Junior Member priorities including membership, education, and communication.  In addition, this Committee plans the Saturday Education Course at PNS Annual Meetings.  Members must be 40 years or age or younger to serve on this committee.


Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

2021 Chair: Thomas Harbo, MD, PhD, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
Staff Liaison: Tanya Baker
This Committee is responsible for providing the Executive Office and Board with important advice on every aspect of organizing the congress in their country, including logistics, venues, tourist information, and accommodations. For more information on forming an LOC and submitting a bid for a future PNS Meeting, please click here.


Membership Committee

Chair: Pieter van Doorn, MD, PhD, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Vice Chair: Richard Lewis, MD, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
This Committee reviews membership applications and presents recommendations for membership to the Board of Directors.


Prize Committee

2021 Co-Chair: TBD
2021 Co-Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Tanya Baker
This Committee selects the recipients and awards (7) cash prizes to Junior Members (40 years of age or younger) presenting abstracts at the Annual Meeting, as a tribute to the luminaries in the field.


Scientific Program Committee

2021 Co-Chair: Luis Querol, MD, PhD, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain
2021 Co-Chair: Charlotte Sumner, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Staff Liaison: Tanya Baker
This Committee develops the educational program for the PNS Annual Meeting, oversees the Annual Meeting abstract process, and monitors the performance of chairs and speakers.
 

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