Medical Writing The Medical Writing Business Gained in Translation

Volume 24, Issue 3 - The Medical Writing Business

Gained in Translation


Welcome to my second Gained in Translation editorial!

Translation consulting networks are an interesting ‘assisted-translation tool’, which have had a remarkable appeal for professionals in the field since the late 1990s. Newsgroups, online discussion forums and professional mailing lists, together with professional social media accounts, definitely provide a most valuable resource to fight against the well-known isolation of translators, who normally work as freelancers from their home office. Nevertheless, they have survived during all these years of never-ending new online resources not because of this characteristic, but because of their value as ‘mutual assistance tools’. There is a myriad of resources out there, but you really need to know their characteristics in depth – their flaws and strengths - in order not to get lost and get the most out of them! If you are interested in knowing them better, keep reading, and if you are already a subscriber to a professional mailing list for translators, please do share some info about it with us!

Please remember that the aim of this section is to provide a medium for open discussion among translators, and a written agora where we can exchange different and, maybe, amusing experiences. If you would like to contribute, please contact me. You are warmly invited to share your knowledge and thoughts.

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In this issue… The Medical Writing Business
President's Message
Setting up and running a medical writing company
For the greater good…Can agency competitors cooperate to advance medical publication practices?
The Section of Scientific Publications at the Texas Heart Institute
Is cheap outsourcing a threat to your career?
Successfully outsourcing medical writing
Freelancing – Are you ready to go solo?
News from the EMA
European Science Editing: May 2015 picks
Profile: An interview with Dawn Bentley: How personal branding can advance your professional career!
The Webscout
In the Bookstores
Regulatory Writing: New developments in public disclosure of clinical trials
Lingua Franca and Beyond
Gained in Translation
HIV research fraudster handed stiff prison sentence
English Grammar and Style: Good Writing Practice
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Medical Communications
Out On Our Own


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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