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Victoria Anderson

Project Manager
Oxford PharmaGenesis

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Gregory Bezkorovainy

Vice President, Scientific Services
Adelphi Communications

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

Bio: Gregory Bezkorovainy is Vice President of Scientific Services at Adelphi Communications in New York. He entered healthcare communications in 1988, just as strategic medical publications planning was taking root. Over the years, he's worn almost every publications planning hat imaginable, including medical reporter, editor, writer, designer, tactical planner, and strategic planner. Gregory joined Adelphi in 2002 and has been in his current position since 2007. This is Gregory's 10th consecutive year as faculty for Introductory Publication Planning.

Jon Bigelow

Executive Director
Coalition for Healthcare Communication

Type of Company:
Non-profit Organization
Professional Degrees: BA/BS

Bio: Jon Bigelow is Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication, a nonpartisan organization promoting the free flow and accessibility of accurate and credible health information, with member companies spanning medical communications, marketing, advertising, medical publishing, and digital content platforms. He previously was CEO and President of KnowledgePoint360 Group, a leading provider of multichannel medical communications, consulting, benchmarking, and workflow solutions in the U.S., U.K., and Germany; President of Cliggott Publishing; Editor of several innovative clinical controlled-circulation journals; and President of the Association of Medical Media.

Victoria Blasberg

Account Director, Accounts
Peloton Advantage

Type of Company:
Communications Agency

Laura Carlson

Division Head, Engage Scientific Solutions
Envision Pharma Group

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, CMPP, JD, *Other
Other Degrees*: LMT
CMPP Certified: (3/2012)

Bio: Laura Carlson has been working in the publication and medical communications field for 20 years, providing strategic planning and tactical experience and insights across varied therapeutic areas and at all phases of product lifecycle, for large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies in support of their global and local publication planning and/or medical communications programs. Laura is a Division Head of Engage Scientific Solutions, which is a part of the Envision Pharma Group. She has served as Vice Chair of the ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional¿ (CMPP) Credentialing Board since 2018, and has been an ISMPP CMPP since 2011. Before entering this field, Laura was a practicing attorney. She earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law after obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Berklee College of Music. In 2012, Laura also completed an accredited training in massage therapy and is now a licensed massage therapist in Connecticut. Her diverse education and life experiences bring a unique perspective to her work and help her successfully navigate complex compliance- and communication-related issues of the medical publications and communications industry.

Malgorzata Ciepielewska

Sr. Manager, Scientific Communications
Celgene

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MS

Leslie Citrome

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Clinical Practice
Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH

Type of Company:
Other
Professional Degrees: MD, MPH

Bio: Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, and has a private practice in Pomona, New York. He graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada and completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He also went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Citrome was the founding Director of the Clinical Research and Evaluation Facility at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, New York. After nearly 2 decades of government service, as a researcher in the psychopharmacological treatment of severe mental disorders, Dr. Citrome is now engaged as a consultant in clinical trial design and interpretation. He is a frequent lecturer on the quantitative assessment of clinical trial results using the metrics of evidence-based medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Citrome is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He has authored or co-authored over 500 published research reports, reviews, and book chapters within the biomedical literature. He is the author of the textbook, Handbook of Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia, published in 2013 by Springer Healthcare.

Corey Cusack

WW HEOR Communications Manager, Immunoscience and Fibrosis, Publications and Scientific Content
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Corey Cusack, PhD, is a Worldwide HEOR Communications Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is responsible for ensuring the strategic and compliant development of HEOR publications and related content across Immunoscience and Fibrosis assets. Prior to joining BMS, Corey worked for several years as a scientific director at medical communications and payer agencies, gaining invaluable experience across a range of therapy areas including multiple sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy. She received her PhD in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jude D'Souza

Manager, Presentation Support
McCann Health

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

Bio: Jude D'Souza has worked in Medical Communications for over 12 years, specializing in presentation design for pharmaceutical clients across a wide range of therapy areas including oncology, depression and rare diseases. He is based in the UK, where he leads a dedicated international team of Presentation Specialists for the medical communications division of McCann Health. A writer and poet in his spare time, Jude applies storytelling principles to presentation development and has delivered several workshops on building and delivering more effective presentations to both agency staff and international HCPs. He is the co-organizer and a speaker consultant for TEDx Macclesfield, where he has helped develop presentations on topics including astrophysics, economics and mental health.

Ann Davis

Publications Consultant
Independent Consultant

Type of Company:
Consultant/Freelance
Professional Degrees: CMPP, MPH
CMPP Certified: (3/2012)

Bio: Ann Davis is currently an independent consultant in medical publications writing and management. She has more than 30 years of experience in the medical communications field, including her most recent role as Manager of Global Scientific and Medical Communications at Pfizer, where she supported execution of publication plans for the vaccines portfolio. Ann has also held content development roles at Centocor Ortho Biotech (now Janssen Pharmaceuticals), Strongbridge Biopharma, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. At BMS, she also served as a Global Publication Advisor, developing publications policies and practices, as well as advising and training internal stakeholders and agency partners. An ISMPP-certified medical publication professional, she has served as workshop leader for ISMPP and the American Medical Writers Association, author of multiple ISMPP poster presentations, faculty for the ISMPP U webinars, and a member of various ISMPP committees. She has been an invited speaker at TIPPA and other publication planning seminars, Ann completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.

Lisa DeTora

Associate Professor/Director STEM Writing, Writing Studies and Rhetoric
Hofstra University

Type of Company:
Academic Institution
Professional Degrees: BA/BS, MA, MS, PhD

Keith J. Gaddie

Publication Lead, Hematology, Global Scientific Publications
Shire

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: PhD
CMPP Certified: (9/2018)

Bio: Keith is a Medical Communications professional and Lean Six Sigma practitioner with expertise in Scientific Communication Platforms and Global Publication Planning during all stages of the product lifecycle. Throughout his career, Keith has worked across multiple therapeutic areas with an emphasis in Hematology/Oncology and was a medical and regulatory writer. Prior to his Medical Communications career, Keith obtained a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular, Cellular, and Biochemical Pharmacology at The University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keith also completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics from The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, he is the Publication Lead for Bleeding Disorders at Shire, Plc.

Sarah Griffiths

Communications Team Leader, Patient Engagement
Oxford PharmaGenesis

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Sarah Griffiths is the Communications Team Leader of the Patient Engagement Team at Oxford PharmaGenesis, UK. She has over 10 years of experience in medical communications, across a range of therapy areas and deliverables. The Patient Engagement Team has delivered a range of patient study materials, clinical study workshops, patient insights workshops, regulatory trial results summaries, publication summaries and publications with patient authors, as well as providing pro bono support for local to international charities.

Caroline Halford

Digital Publishing Manager
Springer Healthcare

Type of Company:
Publisher
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.

Kelly Helton

Executive Director, Publications and Scientific Communications, Medical Affairs
Incyte Corporation

Type of Company:
Pharmaceutical
Professional Degrees: MBA, MS

Bio: Kelly Helton, MS, MBA, is Executive Director of Publications and Scientific Communications at Incyte Corporation. Her current role includes the leading the development of scientific publication and communication plans for Global Medical Affairs and Drug Development. She has over 20 years of experience in publication planning and medical writing. Prior to joining Incyte in 2011, she held various positions within R&D and scientific communications in the pharmaceutical industry (Marion Merrell Dow, Hoechst Marion Roussel/Aventis, Sepracor) and also worked for a publication planning agency, Complete Healthcare Communications.

Jamie Kistler

Scientific Strategy Advisor
PAREXEL Medical Communications

Type of Company:
Contract Research Organization
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: Jamie L. Kistler, PhD, is a Scientific Strategy Advisor for PAREXEL Medical Communications. Jamie has nearly 20 years of combined academic and medical communications experience. She received a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology from Wake Forest University and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA before starting a career in the medical communications industry. Jamie has enjoyed partnering with clients in the biopharmaceutical and device industries for the past 12 years. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and execution of many different medical communications programs and tactics, including scientific communication platforms, live and virtual advisory meetings, educational symposia, and comprehensive global communication plans. Her therapeutic area expertise includes oncology and supportive cancer care, hematology, pediatric infectious disease, and cardiovascular and metabolic conditions.

Karen Kurtyka

Consultant
Oxford PharmaGenesis

Type of Company:
Communications Agency
Professional Degrees: MPH

Bio: Karen has over 5 years of experience in epidemiology, market access, and HEOR strategy and communication. She has worked on a variety of project types including value proposition development, global value dossiers, publication landscape assessments, systematic literature reviews, HEOR publication planning and execution, and HEOR field team materials. Her therapeutic areas of expertise include oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders, ophthalmology, psoriasis, and wound and ostomy care. Karen received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Rutgers School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ.

Paul Lane

Associate Director Medical Communications
Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc

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

Bio: Paul conducted his Doctoral research into the physiological roles of nitric oxide at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. After serving on the faculty at Weill, Paul worked as a freelance consultant specializing in start-up grants for biotechnology companies, before transitioning full-time to medical publications. He has been a publications professional for over 10 years and has worked on programs spanning all stages of drug development in a variety of therapeutic areas. Until recently, Paul was responsible for Digital and Social Media strategy at Envision Pharma Group, but has now moved on to run publication programs for various rare diseases at Biomarin. The shift from print to web-based publications has been an area of interest since Paul authored a review in one of the first online journals (Science:STKE) in 2001. Much has changed since then, with journals and congresses now offering a plethora of enhancements and the rise of social media as a channel for information dissemination. These additions not only change the way in which medical information is consumed, but also the methods we use to assess the impact of a publication.

Robert Lersch

Principal
Lersch Global Communications, LLC

Type of Company:
Creative Service Provider
Professional Degrees: PhD

Bio: I am a biomedical publication expert influencing via timely, clear, coordinated scientific statements. A veteran of over 40 years in biological science, I make complex biological ideas easy to understand. In addition to helping to develop papers and grants for pharma and biotech, I am creating my own projects focusing upon personal healthcare cost reduction as you age while maintaining or improving quality of life.

Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall Consulting LLC
Present Your Science

Type of Company:
Consultant/Freelance

Bio: Melissa is on a mission: to transform how scientists and engineers present their work. That's because she believes that even the best science is destined to remain undiscovered unless it's presented in a clear and compelling way that sparks innovation and drives adoption. For almost a decade, she has traveled around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she's mastered through her consulting work and during her time as a faculty member with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University.
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