Medical Writing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Passing the torch

Volume 21, Issue 4 - Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Passing the torch

This issue is the first where I will be serving as Editor-in-Chief of Medical Writing (MEW). Elise Langdon-Neuner, Editor-in-Chief since 2004, will be stepping down. This is yet another step in the evolution of the journal.

For those of you unfamiliar with its history, MEW started life in 1993 as a newsletter produced by European chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, EMWA's predecessor. The newsletter was originally named The AMWA Journal – Europe and eventually became The EMWA Newsletter with the creation of EMWA in 1995. The newsletter continued to grow with EMWA, becoming The Write Stuff (TWS) in 1998 thanks to the creative energy and hard work of Barry Drees, its first Editor-in-Chief. Barry carried TWS through its adolescence, learning on the job about how to format and run a professional journal. (I can imagine that was a lot of fun but probably also pretty stressful.)

In a 2008 article summarizing the first 10 years of TWS, Barry says ‘it was with immense satisfaction that I was able to pass the position on to Elise Langdon-Neuner in 2004 and to watch the incredible job she has done continuing to develop and expand TWS’.1 Just looking at the covers of TWS in the online archive, you can see what he means: essentially alone, and through an enormous amount of volunteered time, Elise elevated the content and format of TWS, bringing the journal into a sort of early adulthood, giving the journal a professional look and feel. Over the last several years, Elise single-handedly managed almost all aspects of the journal. This year, she brought the journal into adulthood, with a transformation from TWS, a private journal limited to EMWA, to MEW, a fully professional, international journal.2 Despite some growing pains during the transition, thanks to Elise, we are now ready for the next level of development.

During the last couple of years, in addition to growing and maturing the journal, Elise has prepared the child to leave the nest, that is, to pass the editorship to the next generation. Elise has greatly simplified this by engaging a professional publisher, Maney Publishing, who is now handling production and publicity.

Although I am now officially Editor-in-Chief, Elise will continue until the end of 2012 as Associate Editor and in the future as Emeritus Editor to help ease me into the post. I am pretty sure that nobody (certainly not me) will again be able to dedicate as much time and effort to the journal as Elise did. Indeed, as the journal expands, there is no way that this can remain a one-person job. Accordingly, one of my first steps has been to create ‘section editors’ who will function semi-autonomously.

In addition, to help MEW expand beyond EMWA and become broader and truly international, I plan on seeking new contributors from both within and outside of EMWA – and not only from Europe. Also, I am seeking out new regular columns and articles on topics outside the traditional base of EMWA, such as medical journalism and writing for lay audiences; medical communication and medical education; writing for nurses; and veterinary medical writing. Finally, I am working with Maney Publishing to continue to streamline production and communication.

As noted by Keith Veitch, the first editor of The EMWA Newsletter, and re-emphasized by Barry Drees, ‘an association of writers should be capable of producing a world-class journal, since it represents what we do for a living.’1 Elise and the other editors before me have done a gre

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  1. Drees B. The history of the write stuff: 10 years of bringing European medical writers together. Write Stuff 2008;17:4–8.
  2. About the medical writing journal. Medical Writing 2012;21:3.



The horror and the pity: Obesity and diabetes
Passing the torch
Message from the President
Obesity: When weight becomes unbearable
Genetics and environmental factors in obesity and diabetes: Complex problems, complex solutions
New treatments for type 2 diabetes
Is exercise physiology a real science?
What is the best quality of diabetes care? The Global Diabetes Survey needs your participation
The importance of Health Research in Horizon 2020: Diabetes as a model of a chronic disease and the need for sustainable funding
Is anyone stealing your articles? Exploding copyright myths
Paragraphing (Part 1 of 2)
Improving patient communication by writing with empathy
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Manuscript Writing
Regulatory Writing
English grammar and style
Medical Journalism
Out On Our Own


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Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Deputy Managing Editor

Alicia Brooks Waltman

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