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Committees

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.

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

Bylaws Committee (ad hoc)

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. 

Chair: Richard Lewis, MD, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
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Communications & Website Committee

The 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. 

Chair: Karissa Gable, MD, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Staff Liaison: Allie Nordman
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Finance Committee

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. 

Chair: Michael Polydefkis, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
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Fundraising Committee

The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to develop a plan for obtaining external funds to assist in fulfilling the goals of PNS, including securing sponsorship funds, grants, and donations from companies, foundations, and individuals. The Fundraising Committee will work with the PNS Board to stay apprised of committee-specific goals that the Board wishes to feature in its fundraising efforts.

Chair: David Cornblath, MD, Baltimore, MD, USA
Staff Liaison: Jacquie Durant
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Education Committee

This Committee’s objective is to increase the presence of the PNS at appropriate meetings and promote 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.

Chair: Brian Callaghan, MD, MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
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Grants Committee

This Committee is responsible for reviewing and evaluating clinical and basic science training grant applications and recommending to the Board which applicants should receive grant funding from the Society annually.

Chair: Alessandra Bolino, Phd, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
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Guidelines Committee

This Committee identifies topics requiring guidelines. Then works closely with our partner organizations to develop a taskforce of dual members to write or endorse existing guidelines. 

Chair: Peter Van den Bergh, MD, PhD, UCL Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium
Staff Liaison: Allison Kindseth
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International Outreach, Membership & Diversity Committee

This Committee shall advance the PNS’ ability to maximize diversity, and to support the visibility and participation of underrepresented PN scientists and clinicians and those in training. They shall also find strategies to strengthen the members’ service and benefits that facilitate membership recruitment, retention, and engagement.

Co-Chair: Wilson Marques Jr., PhD, School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto – USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Co-Chair: Umapathi Thirugnanam, MD, National Neuroscience Institute, Sinagpore

Staff Liaison: Glenn Stanley
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Junior Committee

The 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 Education Course at PNS Annual Meetings. 

Chair: Kathryn Moss, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Staff Liaison: Jacquie Durant
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Local Organizing Committee

This Committee is responsible for providing the Executive Office and Board with important advice on organizing the congress in their country, including logistics, venues, tourist information, and accommodations. 

Co-Chair: Angela Genge, MD, Montrèal Neurological Institute, Montrèal, QC, Canada
Co-Chair: Rami Massie, MD, McGill Unviersity, Montrèal, QC, Canada
Staff Liaison: Jacquie Durant
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Prize Committee

This Committee selects the recipients and awards cash prizes to Junior Members presenting abstracts at the Annual Meeting, as a tribute to the luminaries in the field. 

Co-Chair: Albena Jordanova, PhD, VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, Antwerp, Belgium
Co-Chair: Mario Saporta, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAN, University of Miami, Miami, USA
Staff Liaison: Jacquie Durant
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Scientific Program Committee

This Committee will develop the educational program for the PNS Annual Meeting, oversee the Annual Meeting abstract process, and monitor the performance of the chairs and speakers.  

Co-Chair: Marina Kennerson, BSc, MSc, PhD, ANZAC Research Institute, Concord, Australia
Co-Chair: Nortina Shahrizaila, MD, PhD, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Staff Liaison: Jacquie Durant
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