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    MedComms Networking - 12 July 2016


    Those were two more great meetings last week - my thanks to all involved.

    On Wednesday we were in Oxford for another Brunch Club meeting. Rachael Lammey and Pippa Smart, both Council Members of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), talked about the association's history and the services it provides, and presented highlights of their recent conference in Strasbourg. Pippa also provided useful insights into the mysteries of what happens at a Journal's Editorial office after a paper is submitted. The slides are now available online and over the next few days we'll post the webcast videos so you can properly enjoy the presentations, wherever in the world you are. I'm slowly building a library of these videos at - any suggestions for speakers and topics are welcome. Hopefully they're useful to you, especially if you are based further afield, but if you think I'm wasting my time and money please tell me!

    On Thursday a large group of us enjoyed AstraZeneca's hospitality at Alderley Park, for a comprehensive session about Real World Evidence. We owe a huge thanks to the speakers and panellists who were so generous with their time and expertise and once again the slides are freely available now. The headline, I guess, was that we're still in the early stages but many more Real World Evidence studies are being undertaken now and, just like Randomised Clinical Trials, they need proper planning and publication to be of real value. Thanks to local organiser Ryan Woodrow of Aspire Scientific and to John Gonzalez of AstraZeneca for chairing the meeting.

    With AstraZeneca leaving Alderley Park that may be our last event that's hosted by them there. We may be able to work something out with them for Cambridge at some point, but if anyone can help us work out how to fund/host more events in the North West UK then please let Ryan or myself know.

    Meanwhile our next Brunch meeting will be 3 August when two Sponsors of, AMICULUM and Darwin Healthcare Communications, will present their positions on "what MedComms means to us, what we do, how we do it, what makes us different". Please tell anyone who's wanting to work in MedComms that they're welcome to attend.

    A quick word to any Freelancers reading this. If you're based around Kent, an informal gathering is happening on 14 July organised by Jane Tricker and in Cheshire there's one on 26 July, organised by Lisa Stewart. By the way, we've sent some good opportunities out via the MedComms Workbook service already this week. Just saying!

    Finally, congratulations to all winners last week at Communique's Healthcare Communications Awards 2016 including Virgo Health Education who were awarded Med Ed Consultancy of the Year. Oxford PharmaGenesis gained their award for corporate social responsibility for their original research demonstrating that professional medical writing support improves the quality of clinical trial reporting and we've produced a webcast about that research for - check it out here!

    Enjoy your week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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