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Richard Ashdown

Senior Director, Product, Service and Innovation
McCann Health Medical Communications

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Bio: With a rich hinterland of creative and award winning experiences across other industries, including a decade in the video games industry, Richard has a unique perspective on med comms and it's fair to say this fresh and often different way of thinking is what clients and colleagues often want to tap into. The "new normal" in healthcare is where the narratives of his earlier career cross over; and over the last 15 odd years, Richard has worked as a strategist across various therapy areas for global clients, supporting projects programmes and initiatives to better connect them with their audience. It is this experience which better drives the commercial discussions he entertains with clients.

Clare Baker

Director: Communications, Publications, Training

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, MPH
CMPP Certified: (3/2015)

Bio: Clare Baker; Director Communications, Publications and Training at Bayer. Clare, a pharmacologist by background, has wide-ranging experience in medical publications from both the agency and industry side. She started her scientific communications career as a medical writer, and went on to lead scientific teams in medical communications agencies in the UK for several high-profile clients. More recently, Clare has relocated to Switzerland, and has held roles as Global Publications Lead (Novo Nordisk), International Publications Lead (Biogen) and Scientific Communications Lead (Biogen Biosimilars). In her current role, she is Scientific Communications Lead for the Medical Affairs Ophthalmology Team at Bayer and is passionate about ensuring that the publications plan is integral to the overall cross-functional scientific communications strategy to drive the optimization of treatment for patients with retinal diseases.

Slavka Baronikova

Publications lead, GMA
Galapagos NV

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Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD, PharmD
CMPP Certified: (3/2012)

Bio: Slavka Baronikova, PhD; Publication lead, Galapagos NV. Slavka is a clinical pharmacist with academic scientific and educational experience. After moving to pharmaceutical industry and clinical research 15 years ago, she followed her passion - scientific disclosure and ethics. She joined the team of publications leads in GSK Vaccines and later in Shire where was leading publication & scientific disclosure teams in different therapeutic areas and at all stages of drug development. In 2018 she moved to medical evidence generation group as collaborative research lead and as of September 2019 she joined Galapagos as Publication lead where she is building scientific publications team. Slavka has been an accredited member of EMWA since 2011, EMWA Conference Director since 2014 and a certified ISMPP medical publication professional (CMPP) since 2012.

Theodora Bloom

Executive Editor

Bio: Theodora Bloom is executive editor of The BMJ, where her responsibilities include operations in print and online, as well as budgetary, ethical and policy matters. She has worked in biomedical publishing since 1992, initially as an editor on the biology team at Nature, and then on the founding team of Current Biology. After a number of years helping to develop Current Biology and its siblings Structure and Chemistry & Biology, Theo joined the beginnings of the open access movement. As the founding editor of Genome Biology she was closely involved in the birth of the commercial open access publisher BioMed Central, where she remained for several years, ultimately as Editorial Director for Biology. After a spell as a freelance publishing consultant working with a variety of clients, including a medical communications agency, she joined the non-profit open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS) in 2008, first as chief editor of PLOS Biology and later as Biology Editorial Director with additional responsibility for PLOS Computational Biology and PLOS Genetics. She also took the lead for PLOS on issues around data access and availability. She chairs the scientific advisory board for EMBL-EBI Literature Services ( Until recently she served on the boards of NAM Publications ( and the Dryad digital repository (, and on the Genome Canada Data Sharing Policies Advisory Committee. Theo has a bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in developmental cell biology from the University of Cambridge and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, researching cell-cycle regulation, before moving into publishing.

Matthew Booth

Scientific Director, Scientific Services

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, PhD

Bio: Matthew Booth has 8 years' postdoctoral research at University College London including collaboration with BioVex Inc and 12 years in medical communications fulfilling various writing, account management and management roles, with the last 6 years at PAREXEL International. He currently oversee a team of 30 members of the PAREXEL Scientific Services team responsible for quality delivery, revenue generation, staff training, recruitment, new business and innovation. He has therapy area expertise in Antimicrobials, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Immunology, Neurology, Oncology, Pain, Respiratory, Transplantation, Mens Health, Urology, Womens Health Academia and publishing PhD, Biochemistry, Imperial College London Language Editor, Springer Verlag. He is a member of ISMPP and currently a member of the the ISMPP EU Meeting Programme Committee

Keith Evans

InScience Communications

Bio: Keith Evans is the Director, Global Health Outcomes at inScience Communications . Keith is a graduate in Economics (BA Econ) and Health Economics (PhD) who specializes in health outcomes and evidence-based medicine projects, providing health outcomes input to inScience Communications clients. He has worked across a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas. He was previously a lecturer in economics at DeMontfort University, Leicester and as the Health Economist and Director of the Health Services Research Unit at Bangor University on a series of public health projects for the NHS as well as Health Economist for Ayrshire & Arran Health Board. He has worked in Medical Communications since 2001.

Rick Flemming

Executive Editorial Director
Aspire Scientific

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MS, PhD

Bio: Rick Flemming is co-founder of Aspire Scientific Ltd, a medical writing agency serving the global biopharmaceutical industry. He is also co-owner of The Publication Plan Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a freely accessible, central online news resource for anyone interested in the development of medical publications. Rick has worked in the medical communications sector for the past 15 years. During this time, he has helped ensure compliant delivery of numerous publication plans and their high-quality outputs across a range of therapy areas and for a variety of target audiences. Before beginning his career in medical communications, Rick was awarded MSc and PhD degrees in physiology from King's College London and the University of Leeds, respectively.

Simon Fry

Digital Product Development Director
Springer Healthcare

Bio: Mr. Fry has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical communications space with a focus on digital solutions. After joining Springer Healthcare in 2011 as Digital Business Development Director, he became Digital Product Development Director in 2015, a position he serves to date. At Springer, Mr. Fry is responsible for monitoring and evaluating technological advances in STM publishing in order to identify opportunities to enhance Springer's portfolio of digital offerings, either through enhancements to existing digital products or by creating completely new products to answer clients' needs. He also investigates digital opportunities, works with external and internal partners to evaluate opportunities, and oversees the creation of product prototypes. Prior to Springer Healthcare, he worked at WoltersKluwer Health as Software Developer/Digital Project Manager and at Adis International as Head of Software.

Edwin Gale

Bristol University

Bio: Edwin Gale is Emeritus Professor of Diabetic Medicine and former Head of the University Department of Clinical Science in North Bristol. He qualified in 1972 and was awarded his first chair at St Bartholomew¿s Hospital in London. He moved from there to Bristol with his team in 1997. He has written reviews and opinion pieces on many other aspects of diabetes, and was Editor of Diabetologia from 2003-2010. He has an interest in drug safety issues, and chaired the Special Advisory Group on diabetes and endocrinology for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from 2006-2011. He co-chaired the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission on diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has written a book about the changing human phenotype.

Dhruv Ghulati

CEO and Co-founder

Bio: Dhruv Ghulati is CEO and cofounder of Factmata, an AI startup developing community-driven algorithms to solve the problem of online misinformation and create a quality media ecosystem. A Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in technology for Europe, Dhruv has built startups at Entrepreneur First and Techstars London. Having started his career in finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he transitioned into being a product leader, engineer and scientist in the space of artificial intelligence and data science. Dhruv holds a 1st Class MSc in Computer Science from University College London, and a 1st Class BSc in Economics from the LSE.

John Gonzalez

Solanum Medical Communications Ltd

Type of Company:
Professional Degrees: CMPP, PhD
Other Degrees*: B Pharm
CMPP Certified: (9/2011)

Bio: John is a UK registered pharmacist who spent the first part of his career in academia, completing his PhD in neuroscience and subsequently lecturing in pharmacology. For over 30 years he has worked in the publishing, healthcare agency and pharmaceutical industry sectors. He started in healthcare communications and publishing by joining Adis International (now part of the Springer Group) where he held several roles including General Manager (Germany), Business Development Director and Editorial Director. John then joined AstraZeneca in 2000 as a Global Publications Manager working in the neurology, pain, anaesthesia and psychiatry areas. He then moved into Global Professional Relations at AstraZeneca in the psychiatry field - a position held for 3 years. From 2008 to 2016 John was in leadership roles in the Global Publications Group at AstraZeneca Medical Affairs at Alderley Park, UK. He was responsible for publications skills development and was Director of Publications Policy until August 2013.Thereafter he became Therapy Area Publications Director for the CNS, GI and Infection franchise. John has been a member of the Medical Publishing Insights & Practices (MPIP) Initiative Steering Committee, Secretary on the ISMPP Board of Trustees and a member of the CMPP Board of Trustees. John set up Solanum Medical Communications to provide consultancy to the pharmaceutical, biotech and device industries, and agencies on medical publications policy, strategy, planning, guidelines, writing, training and ethics.

Caroline Halford

Digital Publishing Manager
Springer Healthcare

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Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: Caroline is the Digital Publishing Manager for Springer Healthcare (part of Springer Nature), Chester, UK. Caroline represents the Adis portfolio of journals, including Advances in Therapy, Diabetes Therapy, CNS Drugs and PharmacoEconomics. In recent times, she has been involved in the launch and success of the Adis Rapid+ open access journals, which specialise in publishing digital features such as video abstracts, audioslides, and animations. Caroline is responsible for business development and also manages the presubmission enquiry service at Adis. She also oversees digital innovation at Springer Healthcare, collaborating with industry to address their unmet educational needs through independent educational resources for the healthcare community. Caroline started her career in medical communications by joining GCC (now part of Ashfield Healthcare Communications) as an Editorial Assistant for several of their key accounts. She then joined Prime Medica (now Prime Global), providing editorial support for their main publication planning account. Caroline made the move into the STM publishing world of Springer in 2007.

Matt Hodgkinson

Head of Research Integrity
Hindawi Ltd.

Bio: Matt started in Open Access journal publishing in 2003 as an editor handling peer review on the BMC series with BioMed Central in London. He became a Senior Editor and Publishing Editor, and worked on the journals BMC Biology and Trials and the launches of BMC Research Notes, BMC Medical Genomics, and BMC Systems Biology. He moved to the Public Library of Science in Cambridge in 2010, as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor on PLOS ONE, screening submissions, helping academic editors with difficult manuscripts, training editors in critical appraisal, and working on clinical trials, article-level metrics, publication ethics, and reporting. He joined Hindawi in London in 2016 as Head of Research Integrity, overseeing the publication ethics processes and policies and representing the publisher at the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). He is an AuthorAID mentor, a member of the Council of Science Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and has blogged as

Pali Hungin

Newcastle University

Bio: Pali, Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, was formerly the Dean of Medicine at Durham University and the President of the British Medical Association 2016-17. He is an established clinical researcher with over 150 publications in high ranking journals, chiefly in clinical gastroenterology and in the earlier diagnosis of long term disorders. He is leading a commission on the future role of doctors and the changing face of medicine with the UKs Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and has an interest in how the currently fast-moving societal and professional shifts will impact on doctors.

Richard Macaulay

Senior Director
PAREXEL International

Bio: Richard is Senior Director at PAREXEL Access in London. Richard has specialized for five years in pricing and market access strategy, with a particular focus on helping companies translate expedited regulatory approvals into reimbursement success. He has more than 40 publications in his field, including posters, conference presentations, webinars and manuscripts. He has a PhD from University College London and a BA (Hons) in Medicine from the University of Cambridge. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

Jackie Marchington

Director of Global Operations, Scientific Services

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, PhD
CMPP Certified: (3/2010)

Bio: Jackie Marchington joined Caudex in 1990 as a medical editor/writer following a period of post-doctoral research. Since then, she has developed within the company in a range of roles culminating in her current position of Director of Global Operations. During her 25+ years in healthcare communications, she has used her logical approach to problem-solving and project development to evolve the current operating, quality and ethical standards for which Caudex is known. She develops and delivers both internal and external training on all aspects of medical publications, including publication ethics, compliance and copyright, and works with all Caudex offices to ensure understanding of and adherence to quality control protocols, as well as processes that contribute to the smooth and efficient development of projects. Jackie is a CMPP, co-chair of the ISMPP Advocacy and Outreach Committee and was a member of the now retired Global Alliance of Publication Professionals (GAPP).

Laura McGovern

Director, Scientific and Editorial Services
Nucleus Global

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2009)

Bio: Laura has 15 years of medical communications experience across a range of therapy areas, working in collaboration with global and regional clients, and with expertise spanning early phase, pre- and post-launch publication planning, medical education and clinical trial support, including feasibility and access to patients. Laura has been a Certified Medical Publications Professional (CMPP) and a member of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) European Meeting Program Committee member since 2010, serving as chair of the 2015 European Meeting of ISMPP and a range of other roles at, including as a presenter, moderator and abstract reviewer. Laura is also currently a member of the ISMPP Advocacy and Outreach Committee, with a particular focus on outreach within Europe. Prior to joining medical communications, Laura was a Commissioning Editor at Future Science Group, an independent medical publishing company. Laura holds a BSc in Biochemistry from University of Leeds, UK, including a 1-year research placement in genomics at AstraZeneca. She has also completed a short course in the Economic Evaluation of Medicines from University of York, UK.

Rhiannon Meaden

Head of Commercial Development, Commercial Development
Complete HealthVizion

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Rhiannon champions the innovation and growth of Complete HealthVizion, with a firm focus on effective and affective education that drives positive change in healthcare. She has directed a wide range of publications programmes in a variety of therapy areas over her 17 years in the arena. Her areas of special interest include optimising multichannel publications strategy and communication disrupters in the digital world. Rhiannon has held a number of faculty positions at ISMPP, and other leading industry societies. Rhiannon's background is virology, in which she was awarded her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool.

Claire Moulton

The Company of Biologists Ltd.

Bio: With a background in molecular biology, Claire has worked in science publishing for around 25 years. She was previously the Publisher for the Current Opinion, Trends and Drug Discovery Today titles at Elsevier. As Publisher at The Company of Biologists, Claire is responsible for five titles: Development; Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Experimental Biology; Disease Models & Mechanisms; and Biology Open. The company provides charitable grants and hosts a series of scientific Workshops and Journal Meetings. Claire is a regular presenter at publishing meetings, is a member of the Society Publishers Coalition and is on the DORA steering committee.

Gordon Muir-Jones

Porterhouse Medical US

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP
CMPP Certified: (9/2009)

Bio: For over 30 years, Gordon has been directly involved in the development and implementation of global and domestic medical communication plans, with education, publication, training and advocacy components. With particular expertise in publication planning, he is a Charter Member and active committee member of ISMPP. Gordon established a US office for the Porterhouse Medical Group at the end of 2017, having previously led the US operation of another global medical communications consultancy since 2004.
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