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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 19 April 2016


    Today we're in London with Altmetric for Research with Results: tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma. Hopefully we'll see some tweeting using hashtag #medcomms. Meanwhile the full data set from the pre-event survey we ran is now freely available. As always it's worth taking time to browse the many free text comments. Remember there's a growing collection of these MedComms surveys online offering all sorts of insights into relevant areas of our business.

    Apparently the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP went well last week. I've not seen any published commentary online yet, so let me know if I've missed anything, but I see they're running an ISMPP U Webinar on 27 April, to review the highlights for members who couldn't attend. We're also helping spread the word still further by turning over the first of our Brunch Club meetings here in Oxford on 4 May to review some of what happened. Jackie Marchington of Caudex is talking about the benefits of joining ISMPP and reviewing the Myth Busters: Separating Fact from Fiction in our Profession expert panel discussion. Richard White of Oxford PharmaGenesis will reflect on the key points he took away from the ISMPP event overall and Paul Farrow, also of Oxford PharmaGenesis, will talk specifically about the practical implications of their recent work looking at the value of professional medical writing support. All being well this will all be webcast afterwards but please do join us on the day for what should be a useful discussion with the speakers - just sign up in the usual way by emailing me directly.

    Meanwhile, here's some more useful reading for you:

    Yesterday You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous from Wired magazine contrasted nicely with Contemplating the "Pay Wall" Metaphor in a blog from Caldera Publishing Solutions.

    Last week we had OpenTrials: what, why and how? by Ben Goldacre on BioMedCentral's Blog Network.

    Emma Hitt Nichols posted the report of her recent study of Useful Software and Equipment for Medical Writers 2016 containing a host of useful comment about tools you might be using or thinking about.

    This newly posted TED talk; The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker's Comma Queen should interest many of you.

    And I admit I laughed when I saw a new discussion in our MedComms Networking Linkedin group, How to Tackle Diversity in a Male-Dominated Industry. I nearly deleted it since it's not really talking about MedComms but then thought it might provoke some interesting comments - the MedComms business sure doesn't feel like a male-dominated industry to me! What about you? Do share your thoughts.

    Finally, an important message. Suzanne Walker, Career Adviser for Postgraduate Researchers and Research Staff at the University of East Anglia asks if anyone in the Norfolk/Cambridge area can help with an event specifically addressing careers in medical communications on 5 May. Contact Suzanne on email if you can help and when you go remember to recommend everyone looks at!

    Have a good week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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