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Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Medical Communications


Having left the office for 5 days to go to the EMWA Spring Conference, I returned to the obligatory email avalanche. While it was mostly junk (and unfortunately still no ‘congratulations on winning the lottery’ message…), there were some messages from friends I had just seen at the conference, and this reminded me again what a special organisation EMWA really is. I have spent a long time doing ‘the conference circuit’ both as an academic and as a medical writer covering meetings and helping to create them, but I have never before come across an organisation that can offer excellent training, great networking, and the chance to meet people so open and willing to help others in their field. That all of this is done voluntarily by the workshop leaders and members of the EMWA committees is just astounding, but is testament to how much EMWA means to everyone involved. This year's Spring Conference was another record breaker – over 400 delegates attended and the theme was ‘Health Economics and Market Access’. There were some fantastic symposia throughout the week, and the opening session was a MedComms Networking event, run jointly by EMWA and Network Pharma Ltd: ‘Better communication means better patient outcomes: vision or illusion?’. This session also let us all play with some gadgetry – IML hand-held keypads that allowed delegates to interact directly with the session chair, asking questions, making comments, or answering questions set by the panel. Great fun, and obviously with a valuable application for meetings (when not in the hands of a bunch of medical writers!).

For anyone unable to get to the Spring Conference this year, this section has a brief summary of this really interesting session. I hope you find it useful, and I hope to see you in Barcelona in November!


Lisa Chamberlain James

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Message from the President
Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Announcing the Geoff Hall Memorial Scholarships
Health economists and medical writers: Collaboration or collision?
Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies
NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors
European network for health technology assessment – EUnetHTA
Guest Editorial: Medical writing and health economics/market access: A health economist's view
Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey
Successful document collaboration in a virtual team
Profile: An interview with Blanca Mayor Serrano on the state-of-the-art of health literacy in Spain
What can twitter do for me?
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Regulatory Writing Developments in paediatric regulation
English Grammar and Style
Medical Journalism
Medical Communications
Manuscript Writing
Out On Our Own
The Light Stuff


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Jennifer Bell

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Section Editors

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Jennifer Bell


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Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

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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