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    MedComms Networking - 28 May 2019


    Last Wednesday's free webinar was fun again, and the discussion was really insightful. Sadly, some technical issues meant we couldn't get a useful recording for Many thanks to the panel, Emma Georgiou, Jane Mason, Sarah Smith and Kathryn White. I know they'll all be happy to hear from you directly if you'd like to reach out via Linkedin to talk about freelancing in MedComms. We'll definitely want to repeat that one later in the year.

    Then, last Thursday AMICULUM hosted a great workshop in London, Scientific storytelling and audience engagement: the next chapter. It was another lively and engaging workshop focusing on bringing scientific content to life using a variety of different approaches. Excellent speakers. Excellent hospitality. A really useful morning. We're all looking forward to another chapter. All being well, the video recording is coming soon.

    Meanwhile, today I've just recorded another three short Writing Bites with specialist writer and trainer, John Dixon, for your enjoyment and education. That's 24 bites so far and we've more coming.

  • Inserting a true dash by replacing a hyphen with a dash [5.38 minutes]

  • Using AutoCorrect to insert dashes [6.40 minutes]

  • 'Compared to' or 'compared with' [1.52 minutes]

    The complete series of "Writing bites" is freely available at and on our MedComms Channel on YouTube. We'd love to hear from you if you've suggestions for future bites.

    Looking ahead, I'll be joined by Jan Seal Roberts of Adis tomorrow, Wednesday 29 May, for our free weekly webinar, Plain-language summaries: what are they, and why should we consider including these in our publications? Everyone's welcome.

    It seems to me there's some confusion about PLS, in two respects - one, people mix up and have done so for ages, the idea of the plain-language summaries attached to peer review type journal articles (which, as I understand it, is simply becoming regarded as a "good idea' by the community) with the patient lay summaries (layperson summaries) attached to trial summaries in the clinical trials databases, which are being mandated. The latter are definitely intended for patients and the public, but in the case of the former it seems to me there is much confusion about whether they are intended specifically for patients or simply for a more generalised audience than the specialist audience of the journal in question. So I'm looking forward to hearing what Jan has to say and to seeing your questions. Register now to join us.

    By the way, if you're interested in working with plain-language summaries you can download a new, free, toolkit from Envsion Pharma.

    And earlier this month, this article was in The MAP Newsletter; We Need to Talk about PLS... Exploring the Opportunities of Plain-Language Summaries

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions. Have I mentioned #MedComms Day is on 12 June? Are you ready? Hold on to your hats...


    Peter Llewellyn
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