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    MedComms Networking - 28 June 2016


    Well, that was an interesting week, at least here in Europe. I'll forgo commenting on the result but as everyone across the globe must know, the public in the UK voted to get out of the European Union. Well, a little more than half of them and in reality it now seems time will tell what will actually happen. None of us will ever know what might have happened if we'd voted the other way but one thing is now clear to me, which I hadn't previously fully appreciated, that there would still have been an unseemly shouting match whatever the result. All that wonderful opportunity social media provides to encourage useful information exchange and debate and what do we do? Scream at each other online, saying what we like, not having to worry about seeing the hurt in the other's eyes. Crazy. Maybe we should all take a quiet moment to reflect on the appropriate use of these new online communications tools.

    So, no politics here. Just a couple of unassailable facts.

    Next Wednesday, 6 July, I'm running another of our new MedComms Networking Brunch meetings, here in Oxford. The primary aim of this initiative is to film relevant presentations to turn into webcasts, and to steadily build an extensive library at for free access by the global MedComms community.

    The main point of the Brunch meeting is the filming but it's a useful opportunity for a few of us to meet and chat and a small audience at each Brunch meeting gives the Speakers a real group to present to, which makes for a better webcast.

    Come and hear about the work done by the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and the highlights of their recent meeting in Strasbourg, and how they are helping editors by developing and promoting good practice. And Pippa Smart, a publishing consultant working with editorial groups, journals and publishers on editorial and publishing strategy and intellectual property rights, will provide some insights into the "black box" of editorial offices and why occasionally (apparently) strange decisions are made.

    Frankly, the content will be good general information for you all and the likes of EASE could be very useful to many of you working in MedComms, but you'll also be doing me a favour by providing a small attentive audience! So we all win.

    To register simply email me as usual and I'll confirm straight back.

    Then on Thursday, 7 July, a large group of us are meeting at Alderley Park for an afternoon's workshop hosted by AstraZeneca. Understanding the role of real-world evidence (RWE) in a medical publication plan should be excellent and we've plenty of space so sign up now to join us. A big thanks to Ryan Woodrow of Aspire Scientific and John Gonzalez of AstraZeneca for putting the event together.

    As always please help spread the word and encourage all relevant others to join us. But I suggest we leave the politics at the door!

    Enjoy your week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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