RETICULUM

Professional Societies and Associations


Neuroscience History Resources


AAHM: American Association for the History of Medicine

<http://www.histmed.org/>

Purpose/General Description: "The AAHM is North America's oldest continuously functioning scholarly organization devoted to the study of all aspects of the history of the health professions, disease, public health, and related subjects. It is comprised of professional historians, practicing health professionals, librarians in the history of the health sciences, graduate students and students actively seeking professional degrees. Its annual meetings occur each spring, in collaboration with a number of affiliated societies, and comprise, over a two and a half day period, a wealth of workshops, plenary sessions, and competitively peer-reviewed scholarly papers. The AAHM is the largest U.S. organization of its type, with over 1200 members. It has one annual three-day meeting in the spring of each year, and its official organ is the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. The Association was founded in 1926." [From: <http://www.allegheny.edu/aahm/informat.htm>]


AAN: American Academy of Neurology

<http://www.aan.com/>

Purpose/General Description: "The American Academy of Neurology is a medical specialty society established to advance the art and science of neurology, and thereby promote the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders by:



AANS: American Association of Neurological Surgeons - Section of History

<http://www.aans.org/orgs/aans/>

Purpose/General Description: "As the progression of our surgical subspecialty continues, the study of its history must become refined and disciplined. It is the purpose of this section to investigate and promote the study of history of neurological surgery and the neurological sciences. It is clear that a knowledge of the past scientific, clinical, and social context of our forebearers' contributions can enhance our ability to adjust to the challenges of the present. " [From: Section home page]


AHA: Anesthesia History Association

<http://umdas.med.miami.edu/aha/aha/>

Purpose/General Description: "The Anesthesia History Association (AHA) evolved from the meeting The History of Modern Anesthesia in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on May 2-5, 1982, which attracted a large international audience. . . . The organization officially dates from October 9, 1983, when at an ASA annual meeting in Atlanta, a constitution and bylaws were passed and the name Anesthesia History Association adopted. . . . The goals of the AHA, as stated in its constitution, are: to promote, stimulate and encourage research, study, interest and writing in the history of anesthesia and allied medical sciences; to lend its support to and cooperate with local, national and international organizations having similar purposes; to foster and arrange meetings, forums, discussions, lectures and exhibitions as well as to issue publications and present awards; and such other purposes as are approved by the council and membership." [From: <http://umdas.med.miami.edu/aha/info.html>]


APA: American Psychological Association, Division 26 - History of Psychology

<http://www.yorku.ca/dept/psych/orgs/apa26/>

Purpose/General Description: "Division 26 - History of Psychology seeks to extend the awareness and appreciation of the history of psychology as an aid to understanding contemporary psychology, psychology's relation to other scientific fields and its role in society. The Division publishes the quarterly journal History of Psychology. " [From: <http://www.apa.org/about/division.html>]


ANDP: Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs

<http://www.andp.org/>

Purpose/General Description: "The Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP) is an organization of departmental chairpersons and program directors from academic institutions in North America. ANDP's goal is to advance education and research training in academic neuroscience programs by disseminating information about neuroscience education and providing a forum for discussion of issues in training and research at both the institutional and national levels. The ANDP is an independent, nonprofit, academically oriented organization which shares many interests with the Society for Neuroscience and works closely with the Society to advance common goals." [From: <http://www.andp.org/Organiza.htm>]


ASN: American Society for Neurochemistry

<http://www.tmc.edu/asn/asn.html>

Purpose/General Description: "The American Society for Neurochemistry functions: to advance and promote the science of neurochemistry and related neurosciences and to increase and enhance neurochemical knowledge; to advance, promote, support, encourage and facilitate communication among investigators in neurochemistry and related neurosciences; to promote, support, encourage and facilitate the dissemination of information concerning neurochemical research through scientific meetings, seminars, publications and related activities; to promote, support and encourage the research of individual neurochemists; and to engage in any and all other activities for the advancement of the science of neurochemistry which may be deemed advisable." [From: <http://www.tmc.edu/asn/asn.html>]

A Call for Pictures and notice about the society's archives by ASN Historian Claude F. Baxter


Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (A2HPS3)

<http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/aahpsss/aahpsss.htm>


BSHS: British Society for the History of Science

<http://www.man.ac.uk/Science_Engineering/CHSTM/bshs/>

Purpose/General Description: "The BSHS welcomes members from any background or country. Current members include lecturers, writers, students, museum curators, teachers - anyone with an interest in some aspect of the history of science." The BSHS publishes the quarterly British Journal for the History of Science. " [From: Welcome and Membership Details pages <http://www.man.ac.uk/Science_Engineering/CHSTM/bshs/bshsmemb.htm>]


Cajal Club

<http://www.anatomy.org/anatomy/cajal2.htm>

Purpose/General Description: "The Cajal Club was founded in 1947 by fourteen prominent neuroanatomists at the Annual Meeting of the AAA. Thus, we are starting our third quarter century of the Club. It was agreed to revere Cajal, to provide an opportunity for scientists with special interests in the nervous system to confraternize, and to contribute to the welfare of neuroanatomy and neuroanatomists. The Club has collected many mementos and books from Cajal's life and some of these will be displayed along with a replica of Cajal's laboratory at the Annual Meeting in April, 1999." [From: <http://www.anatomy.org/anatomy/cajalclub.htm>]


CPA: Canadian Psychological Association, Section 25 - History & Philosophy of Psychology Section

<http://www.yorku.ca/dept/psych/orgs/cpahpp/>

Purpose/General Description: "The purpose of this Section is to promote the development of History and Philosophy of Psychology as a special interest area in psychology. . . .The Section may also engage in the following activities: a) fostering the study of historical and philosophical aspects of psychology; b) promoting the dissemination of knowledge about those fields. c) Without intending to limit the Section's scope, specific subjects may include: the history of Canadian psychology and the expansion of the Archives of the Canadian Psychological Association for research purposes; historiographic methods; the evolution of psychology as independent field of research and practice; the development and critical analysis of psychological concepts and of theoretical systems; intellectual and social history of psychology as a discipline; theories of mind and of human nature; studies of individuals who have contributed to the development of the field; and, the teaching of the history of psychology and the philosophy of psychology. " [From: Bylaws <http://www.yorku.ca/dept/psych/orgs/cpahpp/newconst.htm>]


CHEIRON: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences

<http://www.yorku.ca/dept/psych/orgs/cheiron/cheiron.htm>

Purpose/General Description: "Cheiron, named after the wise centaur of Greek myth, was formed in 1968 to promote international cooperation and multidisciplinary studies in the history of the social and behavioral sciences. Cheiron welcomes members for whom history is a side-interest, as well as scholars with a primary commitment to historical study.

"The Society pursues its goals through a biannual Newsletter and, especially, its annual Meetings. Meetings are held in June of each year, and typically include the presentation of papers, symposia, posters, and works in-progress. Most important of all is the ample opportunity provided for friendly interaction with scholars from different disciplines." [From: CHEIRON home page]


EAHP: European Association for the History of Psychiatry

<http://www.eahp.org/home.htm>

Purpose/General Description: "The object of the EAHP is to promote research into the history of psychiatry in its widest sense, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, and to encourage cross disciplinary discussion." [From: EAHP home page]


ECHN: European Club for the History of Neurology

<http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/som/bri/archives/hnl/msg98184.htm>

Purpose/General Description: "The European Club on the History of Neurology (ECHN) had its first meeting in Pavia (Italy) in 1986. It was organized by one of the initiators of the ECHN, the late Renato Boeri, in cooperation of several other European neurologists who have an interest in the history of neuroscience. Meetings of this group have been organized every other year since and many of the participants will remember the meetings we had in Venice/Padua (organized by Fontanari and Zanchin), Annecy (organized by Boucher), Graz (organized by Lechner), Oslo (organized by Stien and Kierulf) and Leiden (combined meeting with the ISHN, organized by Koehler). The ECHN is linked to the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on the History of Neurology, which is one of the groups taking part in the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences." [From: HISTNEUR-L announcement]


History of Science Society

<http://depts.washington.edu/hssexec/>

Purpose/General Description: "The History of Science Society is the world's largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in their historical context. Founded over sixty-five years ago, it is the oldest such society. Through its publications and other activities, the Society provides scholars, decisions makers and the public with historical perspectives on science policy and on the potentials, achievements, and the limitations of basic and applied science." [From: <http://weber.u.washington.edu/~hssexec/hss_description.html>]


IBRO: International Brain Research Organization

<http://www.ibro.org/>

Purpose/General Description: "The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) was founded in 1960 in response to the growing demand from scientists in many countries and different disciplines for the creation of a central organization for the better mobilization and utilization of the world's scientific resources for research on the brain. The origin of IBRO can be traced back to a meeting of electroencephalographers in London in 1947 which led to the establishment of an International Federation of EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology. At a conference of this group and others in Moscow in 1958 there was unanimous support for a resolution proposing the creation of an International Organization representing the whole of brain research. This plan was welcomed by both UNESCO and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), and IBRO was established as an independent, non-governmental organization in 1960. In order to protect its freedom and constitutional authority, IBRO was incorporated in Canada through a bill passed by Parliament in Ottawa in 1961. IBRO is then, an independent, international organization dedicated to the promotion of neuroscience and of communication between brain researchers in all countries of the world. . . . In its new role as a World Federation IBRO is at present representing the interests of about 50,000 neuroscientists in 111 countries in the world." [From: <http://www.ibro.org/ibro/pr/history.html>]


ICOHTEC: International Committee for the History of Technology

<http://www.history.rochester.edu/icohtec/index.html>

Purpose/General Description: "The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) was founded as the Cold War was being waged with particular bitterness between the nations of the Eastern and Western Worlds. The intent was to provide a forum where scholars of both sides might meet and communicate about matters of mutual interest in the history of technology. ICOHTEC was constituted as a Scientific Section within the Division of the History of Science of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS/DHS) at the XIIth International Congress for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Paris in August 1968. Through IUHPS, ICOHTEC is associated with UNESCO, but it has always functioned as a fully autonomous body with its funding dependent on its membership." [From: ICOHTEC Home Page]


ISHN: International Society for the History of the Neurosciences

<http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/som/bri/archives/ishnhome.htm>

Purpose/General Description: "The International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) was founded in Montreal on May 14, 1995. Its mission is to:

"The Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, the official organ of the society, is published by Swets & Zeitlinger. Now in its sixth year, the Journal provides a forum for investigations in the field of neuroscience history, as broadly defined, including the history of basic, clinical, and behavioral neurosciences, ancient and non-western topics, and significant individuals, events, and technical advances. ISHN is a focal point for those interested in neuroscience history and offers, through its journal and annual meeting, opportunities to contribute to this rapidly growing field." [From: ISHN Home Page]


ISHPSSB: The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

<http://www.phil.vt.edu/ishpssb/>

Purpose/General Description: "The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science. ISHPSSB summer meetings are known for innovative, transdisciplinary sessions, and for fostering informal, co-operative exchanges and on going collaborations." [From: ISHPSSB home page]


Physiological Society, History Special Interest Group

<http://www.physiology.demon.co.uk/SIG/History/>

Purpose/General Description: "The Physiological Society was founded in 1876 and throughout its history the Society's primary objectives have remained the same.

"Parts of each Scientific Meeting can be set aside in advance for Designated Sessions on special topics, which are run in parallel with other sessions of Communications." [From: "Introducing the Society" <http://www.physiology.demon.co.uk/about.html> and SIG home page]


SFN: Society for Neuroscience

<http://www.sfn.org/>

Purpose/General Description: "The Society for Neuroscience is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Neuroscientists investigate the molecular and cellular levels of the nervous system; the systems within the brain, such as vision and hearing; and behavior produced by the brain. This research provides the basis for understanding the medical fields concerned with treating nervous system disorders. These medical specialties include neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and opthalmology. The Society has grown from 500 members in 1970 to more than 25,000 members today. Regular members are residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States - where more than 100 chapters organize local activities. The number of members from foreign countries - particularly from Europe and Japan - is increasing.

"The goals of the Society are to:




SHOT: The Society for the History of Technology

<http://shot.press.jhu.edu/associations/shot/>

Purpose/General Description: "SHOT was formed in 1958 to encourage the study and teaching of the history of technology and its relations with society and culture. We are a nonprofit, independent, interdisciplinary organization, concerned with the history of technological devices and processes and with the relations of technology to politics, economics, labor, business, the environment, public policy, science, and the arts. Membership is international, open to individuals, organizations, corporations, and institutions. Our members include not only academic historians and museum curators but also engineers and scientists, anthropologists, librarians, political scientists, economists--in short, people from many disciplines and various walks of life." [From: SHOT home page]


SocietÓ Italiana di Storia della Scienza (SISS) = Italian Society for the History of Science

<http://galileo.imss.firenze.it/scienza/index.html>

Purpose/General Description: "The Italian Society of the History of Science aims to spread information about the activity in the history of science and technology in Italy, to promote research in these fields, and to encourage national and international collaboration between the practitioners in this area. To this end SISS organises conferences, seminars, lectures, exhibitions and specialized publications. The Society awards research-grants and undertakes other initiatives in concordance with its aims, jointly also with Italian and foreign Societies and Institutions. All Italian and foreign scholars in this field may join the Society, whatever their specific focus of research." [From: SISS home page]


SSHM: Society for the Social History of Medicine

<http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~ahzwww/sshm/index.html>

Purpose/General Description: "Since its inaugural meeting in 1970, the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) has pioneered inter-disciplinary approaches to the history of health, welfare, medical science and practice. Consequently, its membership consists of those interested in a variety of disciplines, including history, public health, demography, anthropology, sociology, social administration and health economics. The Society has an active Programmes Committee which organises at least two conferences per year, the results of which were originally summarised in the Bulletin of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (1970-87). As interest and membership in the Society grew, the Bulletin evolved into Social History of Medicine (1988-), a journal published by Oxford University Press, and the SSHM Gazette, an accompanying newsletter reporting on conferences and other relevant news. In 1987, following a number of Society-sponsored publications, SSHM also launched a series of edited volumes, currently published by Routledge under the title Studies in the Social History of Medicine. Though primarily based in the United Kingdom, the Society has always had a thriving international membership, and Social History of Medicine has continued to expand its international coverage, reflecting the growing number of subscribers who are outside the UK." [From: SSHM introduction page]


SSSS: Society for the Social Study of Science

<http://www.cis.vt.edu/technoscience/default.html>



RETICULUM Neuroscience History Resources: Professional Societies and Associations
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Last modified: 3 May 1999