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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 08 November 2016


    Many thanks to Caroline Halford, Jan Seal-Roberts and Clare Shepherd of Adis for excellent presentations about important current developments in STM publishing at last week's Brunch Meeting. Copies of their slides are freely available now and the full webcasts will be added very soon to the growing library at We'll reconvene on the first Wednesday in January to continue this monthly series. Please suggest relevant topics or speakers and feel free to volunteer yourself!

    Meanwhile, Tom Grant posted an article on Linkedin yesterday; The spectre of ghostwriting rears its head again.

    As it happens, yesterday I also posted programme details for our afternoon workshop in Macclesfield on 8 December; Publishing, medical writing and authorship: Is more transparency needed? It'll round off a hectic programme of MedComms Networking activities in 2016, and start to draw to a close 10 years' of MedComms Networking activity (10 years?!). The folks at Prime Global wanted to initiate an important follow up discussion about authorship and transparency of medical writing support. Dove Press have agreed to co-sponsor and John Gonzalez will chair the panel discussion, with specialists Beverley Greenway, Sandra Le, Jackie Marchington and Valerie Moss. So please join us for another valuable meeting and a great opportunity to raise a glass or two in celebration of what we've all achieved this year, and to look forward to more in 2017. Yes, there'll be a free bar to end with!

    Then join me on 25 January in Oxford for the official 10 year celebrations!

    Did you also see the launch of the new TrialsTracker tool last week? Another interesting exercise, for sure, from Ben Goldacre's group, but somewhat sad to see such unrelenting focus on who's failing (actually academia rather more so than pharma) rather than who's doing well (such as Shire). How robust can any such automated process be? It's inevitable they're missing some data - but how much? As always, much depends on your perspective I guess. The TrialsTracker: Automated ongoing monitoring of failure to share clinical trial results by all major companies and research institutions was published in F1000 Research last week and note Adam Jacobs had a comment published today about the potential problems of missing data.

    On a completely unrelated matter, the guys at Synergy Vision asked me to highlight their involvement in the #donateasleepingbag campaign. They'd welcome donations from the MedComms community. Find out more in Homelessness, sleeping bags and a social dilemma by Ffyon Dawber, MD at Synergy Vision.

    Which gives me an opportunity to reiterate that I'm keen to hear all your news and I'll always do what I can to help share it.

    Enjoy your week everyone. I'll be in Cardiff on Thursday for the official launch of Oxford Pharmagenesis's new office. With a name like mine I can only cheer such a move from the MedComms community to further tap into the excellent talent pool in Wales...

    P.S. breaking news - ISMPP just released their updated Code of Ethics for medical research publication principles.


    Peter Llewellyn
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