Medical Writing Authors Karin Eichele

Karin Eichele
Section Editor

Karin Eichele graduated as a pharmacist in 2003 and obtained a PhD in 2007. Afterwards, she joined the pharmaceutical industry for a role in clinical research and was responsible for clinical study design and planning. She changed career to medical writing in 2008 and has since worked on a wide range of regulatory documents, medical communications and dossiers for reimbursement procedures. She has writing and editing experience in several clinical areas including neurology, transplantation, rheumatology and oncology. In 2014, she has started working as a freelancer and founded mediwiz, a medical writing services agency.


The Webscout - Volume 27, Issue 1

The first practice of immunisation in western countries dates back as far as 1796 when Eduard Jenner used cowpox to vaccinate a young boy against smallpox. This was soon followed by the first smallpox vaccine in 1798.

The Webscout - Volume 26, Issue 4

Preclinical studies –is animal testing necessary?The drug regulatory authorities require testing in animals, to be exact in at least two mammalian species, before the first-in-human trials can be approved. Common criticism is that the results from…

The Webscout - Volume 26, Issue 3

Observational studies are better than their reputation. They have their place in the continuum of clinical research. The following recommended reading will give you an overview of the types of observational studies and their role.

The Webscout - Volume 26, Issue 2

Medical devices range from things as simple as an injection needle to implantable pacemakers and MRI imaging devices. A video by the WHO ( gives you an impression of the variety of medical devices and their importance for…

The Webscout - Volume 26, Issue 1

“11 tips to write better”, “10 fast ways to become a better writer”, and “5 unconventional ways to become a better writer”. These are examples of what a Google search for “write better” gives you. Some read quite reasonably, some are rather awkward.…

The Webscout - Volume 25, Issue 4

Whatever topic you are interested in, you will find relevant educational content on the web. The media used range from written texts, slide decks, and animated videos to interactive webinars or online classes. You will also find helpful resources on…

The Webscout - Volume 25, Issue 3

When did mankind start using statistics and for what purposes? The history of statistics includes names like Bernoulli, Laplace, Gauss, Bayes, and Pearson. I guess you will have heard of some or all of these famous people, whose theories still play…

The Webscout - Volume 25, Issue 2

Medical Communications ‘Medical Communications’ is an unspecific term. Sometimes it is used only to describe publications, medical education, and public relations; sometimes it also includes regulatory writing and advertising.

The Webscout - Volume 25, Issue 1

This issue of Medical Writing focuses on authors and authorship, but where, in fact, did the term “authorship” come from? The term first appeared in the early 18th century. In a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of…

The Webscout - Volume 24, Issue 3

When thinking about the topic of this issue I questioned why for some people business is a source of fun while for others it is not. We all know that factors like time pressure, an inadequate working environment and a lack of variety in our tasks…

The Webscout - Volume 24, Issue 1

The word ‘plain’ in its original sense just meant ‘flat, smooth’. In the thirteenth century, it also gained the meaning ‘evident’. And from the fourteenth century on, ‘plain’ has been used in the way we understand it in the term ‘plain language’: to…

The Webscout - Volume 23, Issue 4

For this Webscout, I decided to leave the path of scientific writing and enter the land of marketing, which goes overall with the theme of post-approval medical writing. However, I will not limit this Webscout to medical marketing and instead take a…

The Webscout - Volume 23, Issue 3

I approached the theme of this issue by simply entering the term ‘health writing’ into a Google search. I expected to receive a bundle of pages dealing with writing for health magazines, wellness, and sports. And indeed, I got some of those,…

The Webscout - Volume 23, Issue 2

What happens pre-approval? The theme of this issue made me wonder what it is that happens before approval of a new medication. Of course, it is clinical development, notably phase II and phase III studies. But many years have already passed before…

The Webscout - Volume 23, Issue 1

The right software can save you a lot of time and make your life much easier. You can choose from a huge range of packages for different medical writing or related activities. It is worth taking a look at what other medical writers recommend to use.…

The Webscout - Volume 22, Issue 3

Public health funding constitutes a big part of European social systems' expenditures. Governments and health insurance companies are thus interested in reducing spending. Applying pricing initiatives to innovative products confronts pharmaceutical…

Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey - Volume 22, Issue 3

EMWA members were surveyed in late 2012 and early 2013 about their current salary levels. A total of 320 individuals responded. Most were women, between 31 and 50 years of age, and native speakers of English or German. About half had 2–10 years of…

The Webscout - Volume 22, Issue 1

Teaching adults is somewhat different from teaching children. The science of adult learning is called…

The Webscout - Volume 21, Issue 4

Diabetes and Psychology   You all may know that diabetes is a metabolic disease leading to secondary micro- and macrovascular complications, like nephropathy, neuropathy, and cardiovascular diseases. You may also know that these microvascular…

The Webscout - Volume 21, Issue 3

Writing matters Writing matters – anything that matters in writing, or any writing that matters? I tend to interpret it the second way, but I asked Google what it thinks. It responded with some nice-to-read, worth-reading, and helpful sites. I…

The Webscout - Volume 21, Issue 2

Issues in paediatrics Infants, children, and adolescents have special needs regarding their health and care. They are not ‘little adults’. The spectrum of illnesses differs from that known in adults. Just think of teething problems like…

The Webscout - Volume 21, Issue 1

Cannabinoids in oncology: more than a palliative Usually you have chemotherapeutics and biologicals in mind when you are talking about oncology. Would you have thought of cannabinoids? I don't think so but for decades, cannabinoids have been known…



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Medical Writing is a quarterly publication that aims to educate and inform medical writers in Europe and beyond. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and all issues include feature articles and regular columns on topics relevant to the practice of medical writing. We welcome articles providing practical advice to medical writers; guidelines and reviews/summaries/updates of guidelines published elsewhere; original research; opinion pieces; interviews; and review articles.

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Digital Communication

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EMWA News 

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Gained in Translation

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Getting Your Foot in the Door

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Good Writing Practice

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In the Bookstores

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Lingua Franca and Beyond

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Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

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Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

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