In particular the Objectives of ISPR are to:
- Support and promote excellence in placenta research
- Encourage the further development of national placenta groups and new groups from all disciplines medical or otherwise; to facilitate multidisciplinary study and discussion of all aspects of placenta structure and function, relations between placenta, mother, and fetus and conditions of reproductive organs
- Coordinate the dates, locations and themes of national meetings
- Provide a forum for developing, expanding and publicizing available research funding as well as employment and educational opportunities;
- Provide a repository for information on placentologists from all disciplines including their addresses, fields of interest and analytical methods, to be made available to member organizations
- Encourage the continued development of placenta research to include improved visibility within the national and international scientific community.
- Future foundation of a National Institute for Mother and Child Studies for permanent and visiting ( undergraduate students, doctoral (MD and PhD), faculty and postdoctoral fellows ) in an underdeveloped region of Israel; the basis will be of permanent basic and clinical scientists that will assist in the assimilation of the and progress of the visiting scientists.
Organizational Structure and Membership
ISPR is a non-profit organization, which constitute the corporate members. The organizational structure of ISPR (similar to IFPA) consists of an Executive Committee and a General Assembly.
The Executive Committee is composed of Voting Members only that will serve for two years to assist in the transition of leadership. Repeated election/ reappointment of the Executive members is allowed up to three sequential periods. Applications for Membership: New applicants may apply for executive committee member status by submitting an application to the Secretary one month prior to the annual meeting that involves elections.
The elections are decided by a simple majority vote, and final approval requires a simple majority vote of the General Assembly.
Resignations: A member organization may resign at any time by writing to this effect to the Secretary.
Financial support for ISPR administrative services may be derived from fees collected from each attendee participating in an ISPR-designated meeting. The amount of such fee would be determined by majority vote of the membership of the Executive Committee. Financial support for other activities shall be derived from funds raised by the Executive Committee through cooperation and knowledge of all members prior to decision. The agreement may be obtained either by calling an Executive Committee meeting or by e mail.
Executive Committee( five members):
Officers of the Executive Committee are: President, Secretary (one) and Executive officers (two functions) and Treasurer.
The Officers are elected by a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee from nominations received from Voting members of the Executive Committee. The aim is that the Officers shall represent different disciplines and from all national regions Officers serve for two years. Re-election to the same office can occur once another individual has held that office but rotation is encouraged.
The President will preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and General Assembly. In the absence of the President, the Secretary, Treasurer or another member of the Executive Committee, in that order, shall preside. The President shall have general charge and supervision of the business and affairs of the Society.
He/she will approve the Minutes of the Executive Committee and Business Meetings.
The Secretary shall attend and keep the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee and Business Meetings of ISPR. He/she will assist the President in preparation of agendas, will be in charge of organizational documents and will be responsible for maintaining a mailing list of individual members, lists of committees and their members, and correspondence with all member organizations.
The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds and securities of ISPR., subject to the regulations as may be imposed by the Executive Committee. He/she shall keep the financial records of the Society and shall enter therein full and accurate accounts of all monies received or paid or obligations incurred on account of ISPR and he/she shall exhibit such records at all reasonable times to any member of ISPR.
Each member of the Executive Committee or Officer may serve as an officer of another non profit professional Society, corporation, or organization.
Meetings and Conduct of Business.
The Executive Committee shall meet yearly to conduct business before/during ISPR-designated conferences. Additional meetings may be held and business conducted if a majority of the Voting members of the Executive Committee are able to attend or send substitutes. In the intervals between decisions of the Executive Committee may be taken as written votes (letter, facsimile letter, electronic mail). Emergency Teleconferences may be called by the President or,in his absence, the Secretary or Treasurer in that order. The results of such votes will be circulated to members of the Executive Committee in a timely fashion. All recommendations and decisions taken by the Executive Committee must be reported to the General Assembly, preferably at least one day in advance of the Business Meeting.
Under all circumstances, voting shall require a quorum, which will consist of a minimum of 60% of the Voting members. Each Voting member of the Executive Committee, including the President, shall have one vote, and all decisions will be made by a simple majority.
Remuneration. Members of the Executive Committee shall not receive any salary for their services.
Membership, Responsibilities and Voting. The General Assembly consists of all placentologists belonging to one of the member organizations and participating in an ISPR Business Meeting. A quorum shall consist of 30% of the placentologists attending the conference. Each will have one vote. IFPA-registered members who are not in attendance may not vote by written proxy. All decisions in the General Assembly will be taken by simple majority vote. The decisions of the General Assembly are final on all matters concerning aims and policy of ISPR.
The General Assembly may overrule the Executive Committee in every matter with a 2/3 majority vote.
A Business Meeting of the General Assembly will be held during each Meeting of ISPR. The President or, in his absence, the Secretary, Treasurer or another member of the Executive Committee, in that order, will preside.
In the event of a tie vote, the presiding officer will cast the deciding vote.
Additional General Assembly meetings may be called during ISPR designated or
placenta meetings by 2/3 majority vote of the Executive Committee.
Fiscal Year : will parallel the Israeli national fiscal year .
Duties of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect fees due to ISPR or other sources and deposit the funds in a bank or savings insitution convenient to the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall make such payments as are necessary to meet the costs of the administration of the Organization, its Officers and its committees with the exception that the local Organizing Committee shall provide for the expenses of the Business Meeting. Incoming monies may also be used to cover expenses incurred during the preparation of IFPA-designated meetings.
If monies raised specifically for a Meeting of ISPR results in a surplus, this money can be made available to support the Aims and Objectives of the organization and to conduct of subsequent Meetings of ISPR, by vote of the Executive Committee. A 3/4 majority vote of the Executive Committee will be required for approval of other types of expenditures.
Reports. Each year, the Treasurer will present a professionally audited account of ISPR finances as well as a preliminary budget for the next fiscal or calendar year to the Executive Committee and the General Assembly for approval by their respective members. A CPA aid is encouraged and in case of surplus fee may be paid for CPA aid.
Dispersal of funds: In the event of the liquidation or dissolution of ISPR, whether voluntary, involuntary or by operation of law, or in the event it shall cease to carry out the objectives and purposes herein set forth, all assets of ISPR shall be distributed following settlement of any outstanding debts to authentic medical research not for profit organization(s) selected by the Executive Committee. A 3/4 majority of all voting members of the Executive Committee shall be required to designate recipients of the assets.