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    MedComms Networking - 02 January 2018


    Welcome, everyone, to 2018. Let's make it another good one for MedComms folks everywhere. I'll do what I can to support you all from here but remember - sadly, I'm not a mind reader. If you've any ideas, suggestions, questions, criticisms or feedback then please, give me a shout at any time.

    But how are you feeling just now?

    I've just launched our 3rd annual MedComms Barometer 2018. The past two surveys provided fascinating reading but hopefully now with year 3 we might start to see some trends. You can view the last two surveys on our Surveys page.

    These online surveys are always going to need to be interpreted with care. They aren't rigorous research but they can still glean useful insights and provoke some feedback and maybe some discussions around various water coolers of one sort or another. Participation is on an entirely anonymous basis and the results will be made freely available to all, immediately after the survey closes on 31 January. Please help spread the word and encourage all relevant others to participate.


    Next week, we're kicking off another very busy year with a Brunch Club meeting on Wednesday with Eugene Pozniak, Sophie Wilson and Julie Van Onselen all giving talks around medical education and CME/CPFD activity. As always we'd welcome an audience so join us if you can, but these talks will be filmed for our collection of free webcasts. That's followed on Thursday by our next Open MedComms Careers event (there's still room for more - do tell everyone you know who's thinking about a career in MedComms). This month will also see the publication of the first edition of our new Careers guide for budding Account Managers, which is coming together quickly now to accompany our established guide for wannabe medical writers (which will be updated again in March as usual). Thanks to the many who are supporting those.

    For the wannabes (and indeed others) it's also worth noting that ISMPP are running a webinar on 17 January, What's Your Path? Career Development in Medical Publications. This ISMPP U is complimentary and open to ALL regardless of membership! This month, of course, is also the annual European ISMPP conference in London for those of you with any interest in publications work. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

    By the way, did you notice this article appear last month? Clinical trial transparency update: an assessment of the disclosure of results of company-sponsored trials associated with new medicines approved in Europe in 2014 completes a series of studies sponsored by the ABPI (their press release is here) and seems to confirm the industry has become quite good at publishing their data. Any comment, Ben Goldacre? No? Oh well.

    Enjoy your week. Oh, and by the way, MedComms Day 2018 will be 6 June, supported again by Concise. Put it in your diary now and let's make our 7th annual celebration the biggest, best and boldest yet!


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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