International Clinical Trials Day annual meeting 2021: platform trials

International Clinical Trials Day annual meeting 2021: platform trials

In celebration of International Clinical Trials Day, the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network organised a virtual meeting on the 20 May 2021 about ‘Platform trials: shift in treatment, testing and collaboration’. Platform trials, otherwise known as adaptive platform trials, are a collection of sub-studies all conducted within the framework of a single core, or ‘master […]

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A year working from home: reflections and the road ahead

A year working from home: reflections and the road ahead

In 2019, approximately 12% of people in employment in the UK reportedly worked from home, either regularly or occasionally. By April 2020, this proportion reached almost 47%. This sudden and extensive shift in working patterns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant millions of people across various industries found themselves working remotely for the first […]

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Current challenges in conducting clinical trials

Current challenges in conducting clinical trials

Comparing apples and oranges International Clinical Trials Day, held on the 20 May 2021, marks the anniversary of one of the first clinical trials. In 1747, James Lind, a doctor onboard the HMS Salisbury, investigated the causes and treatments of scurvy. Lind’s trial involved twelve sailors with scurvy. He assigned two sailors to each of […]

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World IBD Day: IBD and well-being

World IBD Day: IBD and well-being

This year the theme for World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day on 19 May 2021 is IBD and wellbeing. The focus is on raising awareness of the psychological impact on people living with IBD. IBD is the term for conditions that cause chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The two most common types of IBD […]

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Polly Sloman A Year as an Associate Regulatory Writer

Polly Sloman A Year as an Associate Regulatory Writer

Polly is an Associate Regulatory Writer who joined the Bioscript team in July 2020. Since then she has worked on a range of regulatory documents and now leads document development for clients. Find out more about her experiences over the past year below. In April last year, as I was finishing my MSc, I began […]

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Rachel Innis A year in medcomms

Rachel Innis A year in medcomms

Rachel is a Medical Writer who joined the Bioscript team in August 2020. Since then she has acted as the lead writer across a range of projects, including some newly virtual events. Find out more about her experiences over the past year below. I initially became aware of MedComms as many of my peers found […]

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17th Annual Meeting of ISMPP: transformation and evolution

17th Annual Meeting of ISMPP: transformation and evolution

The 17th Annual Meeting of ISMPP took place virtually on 12–14 April 2021 and had a record‑breaking attendance of 650 delegates. The panel discussions, roundtables, keynotes and poster presentations were all built around the central theme: ‘creating and embracing opportunities in a time of transformation’. A call to arms in the fight against misinformation The […]

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Multiple sclerosis: an invisible disease?

Multiple sclerosis: an invisible disease?

This year’s MS Awareness Week runs from 19–25 April 2021 in the UK, providing a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its impact on people living with this sometimes invisible disease. So, what is MS? MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that causes inflammation, demyelination of nerve […]

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World Hemophilia Day: maintaining quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic

World Hemophilia Day: maintaining quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Each year the World Federation of Hemophilia brings the bleeding disorders community together on 17 April for World Hemophilia Day to reaffirm their vision of ‘Treatment for All’. This year the theme for World Hemophilia Day is ‘Adapting to change: sustaining care in a new world’, in recognition of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is […]

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Keeping it renal: raising awareness of chronic kidney disease

Keeping it renal: raising awareness of chronic kidney disease

What are the kidneys and why are they important? The kidneys are around the size of a clenched fist that sit at the back of the abdomen slightly in front of the spinal cord on either side. Each kidney has an arterial supply, venous drainage and a tube leading to the bladder (the ureter). The […]

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Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud. Rare Disease Day, 28 February 2021

Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud. Rare Disease Day, 28 February 2021

According to the European Union, a disease is considered rare if it affects no more than five in every 10,000 people. However, this captures an extraordinary range of conditions with an enormous variation in prevalence. Take Fabry disease, for example, which affects up to five in 10,000 people and compare it to the much rarer […]

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Going virtual: highlights from ISMPP EU 2021

Going virtual: highlights from ISMPP EU 2021

This year’s European Meeting of ISMPP (International Society for Medical Publication Professionals) took place on 26–27 January 2021 and saw over 300 delegates attending entirely virtually. The theme was ‘collaboration, connectivity and change’ and sessions featured an array of panel discussions, roundtables, keynotes and poster presentations on many current hot topics in the medical publications […]

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Getting started in medical communications: what’s it like to be an associate medical writer?

Getting started in medical communications: what’s it like to be an associate medical writer?

Leia, Hayley and Sam joined the Bioscript team as Associate Medical Writers in October 2019. Find out more about their experiences over the past year below. I started a Biochemistry BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Liverpool in 2010 and subsequently found myself naturally following the Master’s–PhD–postdoc route due to my love for science […]

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The scientific communication platform: generating a clear, consistent and compelling product narrative

The scientific communication platform: generating a clear, consistent and compelling product narrative

An SCP provides the strategic basis for a product’s communication plan and, when designed effectively, will ensure that accurate, consistent language and referencing is used throughout all communication activities and by functional teams. For a new product, the ideal time to develop an SCP is during the late stages of Phase II trials, as it […]

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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020: Preserving a precious resource

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020: Preserving a precious resource

Experts predict that in 30 years’ time, antimicrobial resistance-related infections will kill 10 million people a year worldwide, unless we take drastic action. This represents more people than those who currently die from cancer across the globe. It’s therefore clear that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) needs urgent and widespread action, if we’re to avoid this sobering […]

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Psoriasis: More than just a skin disease

Psoriasis: More than just a skin disease

The theme for this year’s World Psoriasis Day is “BE INFORMED” and aims to promote awareness, empowerment and action for the condition.  Here we provide a short overview of this common disease, but if you would like to learn more about psoriasis, or access online support on living with psoriasis, you can explore the range […]

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World Menopause Day — Raising Awareness to Improve Outcomes

World Menopause Day — Raising Awareness to Improve Outcomes

Promoted by the International Menopause Society (IMS), World Menopause Day takes place every year on 18 October. This global event intends to raise awareness of the menopause and the support that is available to help deal with menopausal changes. At menopause, women’s ovaries stop releasing eggs, menstruation ceases, and women are no longer able to […]

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Authoring regulatory documents: getting the best from your cross-functional teams

Authoring regulatory documents: getting the best from your cross-functional teams

There’s no denying that authoring regulatory documents can be challenging but getting the best from your authoring team is a big step towards making document production an efficient and satisfying task! Our Regulatory group at Bioscript has experience in guiding project teams to make the authoring of documents, such as clinical study reports, common technical […]

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My First Year in MedComms…

My First Year in MedComms…

Georgia is an Account Executive who joined the Bioscript team in June 2020. Since then she has led on a number of projects and executed several virtual events. Find out more about her experiences over the past year below. MedComms is undoubtedly one of the career options that pops up during the frantic Google searches […]

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Bladder cancer awareness month: What do you know about this common disease?

Bladder cancer awareness month: What do you know about this common disease?

According to the GLOBOCAN project, bladder cancer is the 11th most common cancer worldwide, and has a greater impact on men, with four times more men diagnosed than women. It places a high burden on healthcare systems because of the need for frequent, long-term surveillance and care for patients; in a 2016 paper by Leal and colleagues, […]

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What’s new ISMPP EU 2020? Do you reach your audience?

What’s new ISMPP EU 2020? Do you reach your audience?

ISMPP Europe 2020 focused on ‘Precision communication: achieving clarity, reach and value’ and attracted a record attendance of over 350 medical publication professionals (MPPs) from communication agencies, pharma companies and publishers. Here, we present the hot topics from the two-day meeting, which was packed with 8 panel discussions, 11 roundtables, 2 keynote presentations, around 30 […]

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World Hemophilia Day – Outreach & Identification

World Hemophilia Day – Outreach & Identification

On World Hemophilia Day, one of our Medical Writers, Sam Hurrell, who has worked extensively in haemophilia and bleeding disorders, shares with us what it’s like to work within this area and why it’s important that healthcare professionals have the knowledge and tools they need to diagnose patients as early as possible. Haemophilia and bleeding […]

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Life as a Senior Medical Writer

Life as a Senior Medical Writer

The first thing I like to do when I arrive at my desk in a morning is check my emails and update my to-do list from yesterday afternoon, based on anything that’s come in overnight. Sometimes there’s lots of messages, particularly during busy periods in preparation for congresses, but fortunately there’s just a few additional […]

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What’s new ISMPP EU 2019? Are you fighting fit?

What’s new ISMPP EU 2019? Are you fighting fit?

This year’s meeting, ‘Scientific communications in a fast-paced world: fighting fit for the future’, attracted over 300 attendees, 26 posters and two days of fast paced plenary and workshop discussions, all aimed at equipping medical publication professionals with the tools to develop impactful scientific publications. This blog reports key discussions from the meeting, the changing field […]

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