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    MedComms Networking - 29 November 2016


    First, a shout out for Pippa Smart's webcast from our Brunch meeting in July. Editing: things they don't tell you about what journal editors want is the first of our 2016 webcasts to pass 1,000 views, which surely counts as going viral in MedComms circles!

    We'll skip December, but the Brunch Club events start again 4 January with talks by Rachael Lammey and Kirsty Meddings from Crossref, Caroline Halford from Adis, and we've just confirmed Eugene Pozniak of European CME Forum will present highlights from this month's 9th annual meeting. You're welcome to join us, meet the speakers and enjoy a free lunch! On 1 February I'm working with Ashfield Healthcare Communications on a programme. Then on 1 March we'll hear from Jayne Packham, who specialises in training writers on the ABPI Code of Practice and on writing for patients and the public and Caroline Halford will talk about increasing impact of research via social media. If you can't join us then keep an eye on developments at the library at or subscribe to the MedComms Youtube channel. The webcasts are all freely available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Enjoy!

    Meanwhile, following the success of our Berlin meeting last month, Steven Walker of Stgilesmedical is going on to run a relaxed, pre-Christmas MedComms event on 16 December (I understand lots of cake is involved!) and more is planned for next year. Likewise, Amy Whereat of Speak the Speech Consulting ran another successful meeting in Paris last week and they plan to meet again in the Spring. Steven and Amy would love to hear from anyone interested in joining them and I'd love to hear from anyone, anywhere in the world who wants to develop their own local activities. I'll happily help if I can.

    Nearer to home, freelancers and home-workers around Leeds are invited to contact Fiona Weston about meeting locally on 8 December and those of you around Cheshire can contact Lisa Stewart about meeting on 18 January.

    Importantly, if you want to participate in next week's workshop in Macclesfield, Publishing, medical writing and authorship: Is more transparency needed?, then I need to know ASAP so I can finalise catering arrangements. It should be fun and we've got a good crowd coming - but there's space for more.

    Finally for today, here are some useful reading/watching suggestions for your next teabreak:

    Clockwork Digital Projects; Why Pharmaceutical Marketing Struggles is sensible stuff written by Calum Shaw PM Society Committee Member and Project Manager at Sanofi

    Taxi Talk - Healthcare Industry Awards is the first in a new series of discussions, filmed in the back of a taxi! This one is about awards in the healthcare sector and whether they're worth it. I'll let you make up your own minds!

    Clinical trial transparency update: an assessment of the disclosure of results of company-sponsored trials associated with new medicines approved in Europe in 2013 indicating more than 90 percent of industry clinical trials of new medicines are now disclosed.

    Enjoy your week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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