European Bone and Joint Infection Society EBJIS
During the congress of the SICOT in Japan he had discussed the start of such a group with some orthopaedic surgeons, e.g. Lars Lindberg from Sweden. I answered him that I was interested indeed, and at 14-02-1982 he wrote me that a certain number of colleagues have already consented, signifying that we may begin organizing the group .
A preparatory meeting was organized in Lyon at May 19, 1982. Seven could attend: Evrard, G.Jenny, Livio, Martini, Steen Jensen, Vidal and Walenkamp. Twelve others had also given a positive reaction: Fernandez Sabate, Kemp, Klemm, Lannelongue, Letournel, Lidgren, Lindberg, Lortat-Jacob, Mounier-Kuhn, Valette, and Vasey.
In Lyon, the organization of a Study group was discussed. Membership should be acquainted in two phases via an associated membership, after presentation of scientific work on the field of orthopedic infections.
It was decided that also a limited number of non-surgeons could be a member, as well as non-Europeans. It should be a more or less informal group, later a more official character could be given.
The official language should be French and English, and meetings should be held on different places in Europe.
Publication of an own journal was postponed to later years.
The foundation meeting of the Study group was planned in Paris: at Friday 12 November 1982, at the Palais de Congres, after the SOFCOT meeting. . Evrard send an invitation in English and French for this meeting.
In Paris altogether 26 members founded the Study group on Bone and Joint Infection or Groupe d Etude de l Infection Osseuse articulaire .
The founding members were the 19 orthopaedic surgeons as mentioned above, as well as the following seven: Acar, Bascoulergue, Boda, Hedström, Lob, Marotte, and Papineau. Members of the first Board were: Evrard (President), Lindberg (Vice President), Letournel (Secretary), Vasey (Treasurer), Martini (Archivist), and Vecsei (member). During the scientific part of the following meeting seven papers were presented.
Since then the number members of this Study group gradually increased.
New members passed a short period of candidature to prove their commitment via presentation of a paper and their presence at the annual meetings.
Members had to be doctors, with a high reputation in treatment and research of infections of the Musculoskeletal system. . Most of them were orthopaedic surgeon or trauma surgeon, and a few were bacteriologist.
The number was limited to a maximum of sixty and the members should be at least 70% surgeons.
The official languages were French, German and English.
The Study group indeed created the platform for those who were actively involved in Europe in orthopaedic infections.
However the limitations of the Study group as defined in their bylaws became gradually more an obstacle, than the guarantee for high quality.
The system of co-optation and the good relationship between the relative small and constant number of members did not invite enough new colleagues.
Also the inspiration and introduction of new ideas gradually decreased.
. Therefore the structure of the Study group was exchanged to that of an open Society. At 20 April 1993 the Study group was transformed to the European Bone & Joint Infection Society.
In this Society the number of members is not any more limited, nor the profession.
Membership is open for all physicians, interested to Musculoskeletal infections from a scientific or clinical point of view. .
There is no period of candidature any more.
When retired members become emeritus-members.
Dr. Guy Jenny became honorary member in 1997, due to his work during 14 years in the Board.
Since then the number of members increased in a few years and stabilized since 1996 around 110 members.
Members come from all European countries, and some of other continents: US, Taiwan, Turkey.