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Volume 28, Issue 3 - Trends in medical writing

My First Medical Writing


In this edition of My First Medical Writing, we welcome one of the first articles written by aspiring medical writer Mayya Sundukova. A physicist by training, Mayya pursued her PhD in neuroscience in SISSA, Italy, studying ion channels, and then became postdoc at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Rome, Italy, to study pain mechanisms and develop tools for neuroscientists. Now, she is exploring several career opportunities in academia and industry and developing her medical writing skills. It has been a pleasure working with her, seeing her grow dayby- day from constructive feedback, and now publishing her first article in Medical Writing.

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