Medical Writing Software for Medical Writers Message from the President

Volume 23, Issue 1 - Software for Medical Writers

Message from the President

As my 1-year term as the EMWA president is ending, I would like to say that it has been a great year! Manchester and Barcelona were incredible successes. The Executive Committee is working hard to improve all aspects of the EMWA, and, thanks to the excellent partnership with Kingston Smith Association Management (EMWA's Head Office), we have mostly exceeded the more optimistic plans. My work has been greatly simplified because everyone has worked together and had a lot of fun.

There have been many positives this year:


·         The quality, reputation, and visibility of the journal continue to increase.


·         The number of followers and ‘likes’ for EMWA's social networking continues to grow.


·         EMWA's financial situation has never been so healthy.


·         EMWA's conferences continue to be well-recognised and appreciated as good value, due to the many workshops, addition of e-learning tools in 2014, and networking opportunities.


·         Redesign of the EMWA's website, which should come online in early 2014.

Furthermore, the EMWA has started partnering consistently with local professional organisations from several countries and with software providers, and the number of professional partners supporting the EMWA has continuously increased.


Looking forward to the Budapest conference in May

Looking forward to the Budapest conference in May, the programme includes a full day's symposium on the new European Medical Agency (EMA) Transparency Act. The symposium will include plenary sessions led by international experts. These will provide insight into the effects of the Transparency Act on medical writing from industry, regulatory, and other points of view. The EMA, who sent members to an EMWA conference for the first time in November (Barcelona) have confirmed that they will again participate: An EMA Transparency Act expert will attend the meeting in Budapest, ensuring that they will play an important role in the discussions. The symposium will include panel discussions and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

Of course, in addition to the symposium, EMWA will be offering over 50 workshops covering a wide range of medical writing topics, as well as lots of interesting and entertaining social events. The full programme can be accessed at Do not miss this opportunity to visit wonderful Budapest and to network with professional colleagues. Early registration for the conference is strongly suggested, as the popular workshops tend to fill up very quickly!


Interested in joining EMWA's Executive Committee?

Just a final reminder for any member who would like to join the Executive Committee: Check out the job descriptions at Online voting for Executive Committee positions will be before the May conference. We look forward to your vote. Furthermore, if you are interested, be sure to submit your candidature soon.





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In this issue of Medical Writing
Message from the President
EMWA social media team
News from the EMA
Taming Microsoft Word®
The secrets of Microsoft Word®. Part I – ‘Find and Replace’ and en-dashes
Organising the review process in Microsoft Word®
Document templates for medical writers
Getting more out of PowerPoint®
Consolidated data analysis and presentation using an open-source add-in for the Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet software
Datavision™ – What do medical writers need to know?
Software for translators
Graphing software for medical writers
A medical writer's must-have software
Zotero: A free and open-source reference manager
Origin and development of English for Medical Purposes. Part I: Research on written medical discourse
Profile: An interview with Karina Ruth Tabacinic on some fundamental concerns of medical translation
A first-timer's perspective on the 2013 EMWA conference in Barcelona
English Grammar and Style
Regulatory Writing
The Webscout
Medical Communications
In the Bookstores
Manuscript Writing
Out On Our Own


The Write Stuff Archive Contact Instructions for Authors Article Template (Word) Journal Policies

Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


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