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    MedComms Networking - 23 February 2016


    This week I'm looking forward to our meeting on Friday, The Evolving Role Of Medical Affairs And How Medical Communications Can Support, hosted by AXON in their London offices. This event filled up remarkably quickly and I've had to turn a lot of people away, which is a shame but we'll post the slides afterwards and all being well have a summary report to add soon after as well. In light of the significant interest we're now planning another similar meeting with AXON later in the year, which is great news. Remember I always keep details on the MedComms Networking web site bang up-to-date so you can always check what's happening. To make it even easier for those of you who like to work on the move, details are also bang up-to-date on the MedComms App, which you'll find quick, simple and very easy to use. (If that's not the case let me know!)

    As well as keeping you updated about our own events, I also do what I can on the web site and via the MedComms App to highlight relevant events from others, so do let me know of any you're involved in. Here are some upcoming webinars - and that means you don't need to travel!

    Tomorrow the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) present the highlights of their recent European Meeting.

    If you're missing our meeting and wanting something else to do on Friday, there's a webinar from The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), Introduction to statistics.

    On 8 March ISMPP are running a Webinar aimed at the Asia Pacific region, Back to Basics: Understanding publication ethics.

    On 17 March EMWA will run a Webinar, First steps into Freelance - initial experience.

    All of which allows me to follow up last week's comments with another plug for professional organisations and the value they can provide to members. I'm bemused by how many people in this community seem to dismiss them - largely "because of cost", which is negligible.

    Meanwhile who'd have thought professional medical writers do actually strengthen research reporting? Oxford PharmaGenesis had their research published this week in BMJ Open; Professional medical writing support and the quality of randomised controlled trial reporting: a cross-sectional study. You can watch their Youtube video here.

    I think we'd all benefit from more research like this being made widely available. There's too little done and way too little published in full. What do you think? Join the discussion at our MedComms Networking Linkedin group.

    Finally I'm getting lots of positive feedback about our new service at so please let me know if you can contribute to that. Importantly, we're currently finalising layouts for the updated MedComms Careers Guide for publication next month. Thanks to everyone who's supporting that. I still need more quotes, though, from new medical writers who attended our careers events last year. Start "I work in MedComms..." and continue how you like. See lots of previous examples here.

    Have a good week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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