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Volume 26, Issue 4 - Preclinical Studies

Out on Our Own


Greetings, readers.

In this issue of OOOO, we start off with an important question – how do I prevent the risk of working too much? An apt question as we approach the end of the year, finishing up our projects and settling in to enjoy the holiday season. This is the question Belinda Cabral, our Berlin-based EMWA colleague, asked herself after she started her freelance consultancy and found herself working all kinds of hours. Many of us, especially in our early days in freelancing, have perhaps gone through such a period where every client was welcome and we were loath to say no to a project. While such a situation is exciting and challenging in the beginning, it can eventually spiral into a stressful situation due to the pressure of multiple deadlines and a heavy workload. In her article, Belinda shares with us certain techniques that she practices in order to strike a healthy work-life balance that allows her to enjoy her downtime just as much she enjoys her freelance business. 2017 has indeed been an eventful year for EMWA’s Freelance Business Group, and quite a few initiatives have been rolled out to enhance the benefits we offer to our freelance members. And I have taken the opportunity to share these with you in a brief recap.

Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to OOOO; your articles are indeed insightful and of immense help to your fellow freelancers. I would also like to reiterate my request to all our readers to continue submitting your articles and sharing your thoughts with us.

Season’s greetings and good luck for 2018!
Satyen Shenoy



Preclinical studies
President’s Message
EMWA celebrates 25 years
Preclinical research in drug development
An introduction to little-known aspects of nonclinical regulatory writing
Reporting of preclinical research: What do we get told – when and how?
Mind the gap – towards complete and transparent reporting of animal research
The reproducibility crisis in preclinical research – lessons to learn from clinical research
Nonclinical studies in the Russian Federation — Problems, regulatory norms, and harmonisation with international standards
How to survive Brexit as an independent medical writer
Creation of a patient-centric patient lay summary in the local language
Six communication rules for scientific presentations and writing
So, you want to be a medical journalist?
News from the EMA
Profile: An interview with Steven Walker
Getting Your Foot in the Door
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Good Writing Practice
Medical Communications
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