Medical Writing The Medical Writing Business President's Message

Volume 24, Issue 3 - The Medical Writing Business

President's Message

Dear EMWA Members,

When we surged en masse onto the dance floor at the Dublin Conference Spring Dinner, supercool ceilidh band ‘Perfect Friction’ were astonished, wondering ‘…what are these medical writers all about?’ We certainly breathed life into the Irish saying ‘the craic was ninety’ (meaning – a wild and wonderful time was had by all). We may have surprised the band, but we all know that EMWA likes to surprise occasionally and push the boundaries often.

According to you, the conference was not just fun but a great success, with a continuing professional development programme of 51 workshops; the third Symposium Day on Risk Management and Risk Benefit Evaluation; the inaugural Expert Seminar Series (ESS); and a host of additional events that provided educational content tailored for you and provided value for money. You told us what you liked and shared your ideas for improvements – and we are listening as we plan The Hague November 2015 and the Munich May 2016 conferences.

In Dublin, we said thanks and farewell to retiring Executive Committee (EC) members Julia Donnelly, Sarah Choudhury, and Laura C. Collada Ali, and welcomed Alison Rapley (Vice President), Raquel Billiones (Honorary Secretary), and Beatrix Doerr (Public Relations) to the team. Dublin's energy and enthusiasm seeped into the new EC's busy first quarter, as we plan for the coming year.

To appreciate how our short-term goals fit into the longer-term planning for the association, it's important to understand some key aspirations that will underpin EMWA's growth and longevity:

  • Retain experienced members
    • The ESS programme brings learning opportunities
    • Special Projects bring involvement opportunities
  • Influence our industry
    • Symposium Day's inclusion of industry, patient representatives, and regulator representatives encourages dialogue, fosters positive relationships, and helps EMWA develop multidimensional perspectives
    • Symposium Day's impact is wider than EMWA
    • Links with other organisations and our social media presence increase EMWA's visibility

We are working on multiple targeted activities to meet these aspirations. More news and involvement opportunities will follow in The Hague.

Please get involved. We need volunteers to help maintain quality and deliver the content that you tell us you want. Help keep EMWA offerings fresh by supplying a pipeline of new ideas. I look forward to welcoming you to The Hague in November 2015.

Best wishes,

Sam Hamilton

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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
Did you know that EMWA has an archive of webinar material on our website?
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