EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS)
In 1998 the American Medical EEG Association (AMEEGA) and the American Psychiatric Electrophysiology Association (APEA) merged to form the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS).
This merger reflected the growing neurophysiologic union between neurology and psychiatry. In a further step toward this merger, during the first ECNS executive session it was agreed that ECNS should complete its task of neurophysiologic multidisciplinary merging by reaching out to Ph.D. and PsyD. psychologists to bring them in as full members and see to their representation on the governing board
Furthermore ECNS has just recently developed an examination leading to a Ph.D certificate of competency in EEG/QEEG/Neurophysiology
The original goal of AMEEGA and still a primary function of the ECNS is to further the clinical practice of classic electroencephalography (EEG) from the professional, scientific, and economic standpoints.
In addition to classic EEG, ECNS also strongly supports those who practice the newer field of Quantitative EEG (QEEG) as well as the allied fields of Evoked Potentials, Polysomnography (sleep EEG), and Peripheral Neurophysiology. The dynamic nature of this society is attested to by the increasing numbers of presentations at meetings that employ newer methods of assessing brain function, e.g., SPECT, PET, functional MRI.
ECNS members include professionals from many specialties including, but not limited to:
ECNS has one major annual meeting which facilitates presentations of new scientific and clinical information, review symposia, and a review and discussion of medical economics as it pertains to ECNS members.
ECNS is exempt from paying income tax on its revenue BUT monies paid to it, i.e. membership dues, meeting registration, etc. are NOT deductible as a charitable contribution by the individual or entity making the payment to ECNS. Members, or participants in ECNS meetings, may be able to take the payment as an unreimbursed business expense on Schedule A of their personal returns.