The intent of the EHNS is to promote exchange of knowledge in all aspects of head and neck neoplastic diseases and to promote the highest standards of research, education and training, disease prevention and patient care. It is a multi-disciplinary body bringing together clinicians (eg. head and neck/oral/plastic surgeons, radiation therapists, medical oncologists, imaging specialists, pathologists), other health professionals (eg. speech therapists, cancer nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, dieticians, social workers), basic scientists and patients organisations involved in any aspect of Head and Neck Oncology.
A European Conference on Head and Neck Oncology (ECHNO) will be organised regularly. Selection of the organising society is decided by a vote of the Board after a call for candidatures. The Board must ensure a fair geographic rotation throughout Europe for the organisation of these ECHNOs. The organising society is responsible for the financing of the ECHNO.
The EHNS is registered in Belgium as an international nonprofit association under Belgian law. The EHNS is composed of individual persons, national and multi-national societies, and associated study groups oriented towards head and neck cancer research, training and treatment throughout Europe. Individuals from elsewhere in the world are also welcome to apply for membership. The board scrutinises and approves the membership applications.
The intent of the EHNS is to promote exchange of knowledge in all aspects of head and neck neoplastic diseases and to promote the highest standards of research, education and training, disease prevention and patient care.
A Board shall govern the EHNS. The Board consists of a president, a president-elect, a general-secretary, a treasurer, eight members (one each of: a surgeon, radiation therapist, medical oncologist, imaging specialist, pathologist, basic scientist, other health professional, and a representative of a patients organisation). The Board members are elected for four years and may be re-elected only once with the exception of the president who cannot be re-elected. Elections are organised every four years during the general assembly after a call for candidatures and via a secret vote by all members in good standing. A nominating committee (consisting of the president-elect, the secretary, and three members from outside the Board elected by the general assembly) will prepare the elections. At the end of his or her term, the president gets a past-president position for four years on a non-voting basis to insure the continuity of the EHNS. The treasurer must annually present a financial report to the Board for approval. This approved report is thereafter sent to each member society or group to be presented and discussed during the respective executive councils of these societies or groups. A global report will be presented during at general assembly during the ECHNO. The secretariat of the EHNS will communicate with members via the secretariat of member societies, associated study groups and patient's organisations, or directly with individual members. A website (www.ehns.org) will be instituted that will successively include information for the workers in the field of Head and Neck Oncology in Europe.
Until the Third ECHNO, the founding board will consist of the organising committee of the first two European conferences. These individuals (Figure 1) are Jean Louis Lefebvre (Lille, France), President, Rene Leemans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), General-Secretary, Guy Andry (Brussels, Belgium), Treasurer and Jan Olofsson (Bergen, Norway, representing Scandinavia), Patrick Bradley (Nottingham, UK), who replaced Newell Johnson in 2004, and Dominique Chevalier (Lille, France) as members. Advisors are Niel Aaronson (other health professions, The Netherlands), Minerva Becker (medical imaging, Switzerland), Eli Julseth Birkhaug (patients organisations, Norway), Volker Buchach (Radiation Oncology, Germany), Bernard Duvauchelle (Maxillofacial Surgery, France), Lisa Licitra (Medical Oncology, Italy), Krzysztof Szyfter (Basic Sciences, Poland), and Julia Woolgar (Pathology, UK). Before the Third ECHNO, to be held in 2008, a call for candidatures will be organised.