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    MedComms Networking - 12 January 2016


    This time next week many of us will be in London at the European meeting of ISMPP (International Society for Medical Publication Professionals). If you want to formally meet and chat about anything related to MedComms Networking activities let me know and we can book a time. Otherwise I'll simply look forward to chatting informally with many of you, unburdened as I'll be from the stresses and strains of organising a meeting. Good luck to all who are involved in the logistics. It should be a good one again. If you haven't yet bought your ticket then note online registration ends later today, Tuesday so get in quick, otherwise register on site. The hashtag on Twitter to follow will be #ISMPP and there are many active Tweeters now working in publications who attend ISMPP meetings so there should be a useful stream.

    Also everyone note that on 27 January there'll be a special 90-minute ISMPP University educational webinar, Adventures in Manuscript Development: Good Publication Practice in the Real World, which is open to ALL regardless of ISMPP membership status. Please pass word on. These ISMPP webinars are often very good but usually restricted to members only. Register here.

    Elsewhere, the GAPP team (Global Alliance of Publication Professionals) have re-launched their web site and continue to actively provide a timely and credible response to influential stories about medical publication professionals (eg, professional medical writers, publication planners). And EMWA (European Medical Writers Association) are also updating their web site but most importantly have announced their Journal Medical Writing will finally be open access from the Spring. Well, the Featured Articles anyway. But that's a big step forwards so good on them. The EQUATOR Network are also celebrating 10 years working on reporting guidelines for health research and would like to know how EQUATOR has helped YOU to improve your work - do let them know some good stories from MedComms.

    Meanwhile, on Thursday this week we've a large crowd of wannabe MedComms specialists attending our annual Oxford Careers event. Thanks to the also large crowd of MedComms specialists from the participating agencies who are coming along to chat with them. Also note, directory entries in the upcoming annual MedComms careers guide are going fast now. More than half the space has already gone. Let me know if you want your agency to appear in the new issue in March. I need all new materials in by 29 February latest. I'd particularly like to call out to all new medical writers; if you attended a MedComms careers day in 2015 please ping me a short quote starting "I work in MedComms..." and continuing how you like. I've collected previous examples here or see page 23 of the current MedComms Careers Guide.

    Have a great week whatever you're doing, wherever in the world you're doing it. Did you see this; GlaxoSmithKline's Move To Drop Use Of Medical Experts Is Misguided. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the new Linkedin group discussion.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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