Medical Writing Health Economics and Market Access Message from the President

Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Message from the President

This is my first message as president of EMWA. I'd like to update all members about the plans and activities of the new EMWA Executive Committee (EC).

The spring conference in Manchester was a great success and was the most attended ever. Answers to the post-conference survey confirmed that the conference had fulfilled attendees' objectives and that both registration and workshop fees were good value for money. The full-day symposium on Writing for Health Economics and Market Access included a plenary session led by international experts and brilliant interactive discussions. The symposium was highly appreciated and attracted about half of the conference attendees. Almost all of the attendees who answered the feedback questionnaire were willing to attend future symposia if the theme will be of interest.

The EMWA student scholarship dedicated to the memory of Geoff Hall, a former EMWA president and one of the founder members of the organization, was officially launched in Manchester. The details on how to apply for 2014 will be published on the website and are published on page 172 of this issue. Briefly, each year, two students will be awarded 2 years of free membership and free conference registration, along with one free foundation course at their first conference.

The freelance survey and the salary survey were also presented and inspired thoughtful feedback and interactive discussions. Also, member's feedback from the E-learning survey was the basis to begin developing online training. Although distance learning obviously cannot (and will not) replace the EMWA conferences, the EC is aware that many members are unable to regularly attend. Therefore, the possibility of online training could add to the repertoire of the organisation and enable more members to profit from their EMWA membership. The EC is also working on a major overhaul of the website to eliminate the double-login, simplify navigation, and improve its usefulness. Media, Twitter, and Facebook activities have been fuelled with new enthusiasm and content, including Twitterviews of EC representatives. Finally, some new exciting workshops will be included in the educational programme.

The programme of the future autumn conference in Barcelona has already been established. The format has been changed so that it will be possible to attend up to four workshops at these events, and a new schedule of events has been adopted, including two evening sessions where EMA and Spanish medical writing and translation associations will be able to participate.

I hope to see all of you in Barcelona very soon and look forward to a lively and well-attended conference.


Andrea Rossi

EMWA President

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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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Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

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

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk