The Constituent, Associated, and Adherent Societies agree to form a Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (hereinafter referred to as PABMB or the Association) formerly called the Pan-American Association of Biochemical Societies (PAABS), which is a public, non-profit and non-governmental association which came into being on January 1st, 1970, and was chartered in Mexico City on December 4th, 1975, and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since April 4th, 2015. The Association exists to foster and support the growth and advancement of the sciences of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology within the Americas. In furtherance of this purpose, the PABMB will disseminate information relating to education in and practice of the disciplines of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by sponsorship and arrangement of meetings for the presentation and discussion of discoveries and developments in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and related sciences; by editing and securing publication of the results of such meetings as the needs of the sciences indicate; by the sponsorship and organization of special courses for advanced students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; by discussion of methods for the teaching of pure and applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the dissemination of information resulting from such discussions; by sponsorship of the exchange of faculty and students between institutions engaged in research and teaching in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In the furtherance of these aims, the Association will also work closely with other bodies having similar objectives, and with the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). The Association shall consist of Societies of Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology and equivalent organization in the Americas (including the Caribbean), which will be designated Constituent or associated Societies, and of similar organizations outside the geographic area of the Americas, which will be designated Adherent Societies. All categories of member societies will have similar rights and duties, except as provided elsewhere for the constitution of the Council and Executive Committee. In turn, all members of the affiliated societies are members ipso facto of the Association, with equal privileges except as provided elsewhere for the constitution of the Council and Executive Committee.