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2017 Spring Conference

Register here! On-line registration is only open through Tuesday, April 25th!


May 4, 2017

Preconference Dinner (6:30–8:30 PM)
Join us for a preconference dinner at the Tobacco Road Sports Café at 1118 Environ Way in Chapel Hill from
6:30 to 8:30 PM. Get to know fellow AMWA members in a relaxed environment before the conference begins (the dinner will be held in a private room at the restaurant). Tobacco Road offers a variety of entrée options and is conveniently located in East54 off NC Hwy 54 (less than a mile from the Friday Center). For restaurant information or directions, visit or call (919) 537-8404. Please note that attendees pay for their own food and beverages.

May 5, 2017 Schedule

Conference Registration & Breakfast (7:45–8:30 AM)
Pick up your registration packet, network with colleagues, and enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast.



Ethical Standards in Medical Publication [CP]
Workshop Leader: Nancy Taylor, PhD

OPEN SESSIONS (8:30-11:45 AM)

8:30–10:00 AM* Work Alchemy: Your Impact Changes Lives
Ursula Jorch, M.Sc., M.Ed.
Founder, Work Alchemy

10:15–11:45 AM Clinical Pharmacology: What in the World Are They Talking About and What’s In It For Me
Stephanie Brillhart, MSCI, CCRP
Medical Writing Manager, InVentiv Health

*Please note, there will be a short break between sessions from 10:00 to 10:15 AM.


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A buffet lunch is included with your registration. Some tables will have a topic to discuss to facilitate further
learning and professional connections. Other tables will have open discussion. You may select a topic during

Lean Authoring: What, When, Why, Where, and How
Leader: Trisha Houser
Medical Writer & Consultant, Houser Clinical Research

Join in! AMWA needs your input!
Leader: Lori Alexander
AMWA, President

Breaking into Medical Writing
Leaders: Luke Roode PhD, Medical Writer, QuintilesIMS and Lydia Morris, PhD, Medical Writer and Editor, Education and Training Systems International

Science Writing for General Audiences
Leader: Robin Arnette, PhD
Medical Writer, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Project Management in Clinical Development
Leader: Meghan Morgan-Smith, PhD Project Manager II, INC Research

Narrative Writing Tips
Leader: Karen Campbell
Senior Medical Writer, Whitsell Innovations

Reviews: Polite, Concise, and to the Point
Leader: Lima Chutkan, PhD
Head of Medical Writing, Pearl Therapeutics

Grant Writing: A Behind the Scenes Perspective
Leader: Maile Henson, PhD
Research Development Associate, Duke University



Writing a Protocol in Compliance with ICH Guidelines [RR] 
Workshop Leader: Jennifer Bridgers, MWC

OPEN SESSIONS (1:15-4:30 PM)

1:15–2:45 PM* The Case Study in Dialogic Form – Ethical Imperatives and Caveats
Richard Robeson, Adjunct Professor of Practice – Bioethics
Department of Communication, Bioethics Faculty, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Wake Forest University
Nancy MP King, Professor
Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

3:00–4:30 PM Clinical Trial Transparency and Publication Policy 070  
Ann Winter-Vann, PhD
Senior Medical Writer and Consultant, Whitsell Innovations


*Please note, there will be a short break between sessions from 2:30 to 2:45 PM.

SOCIAL HOUR (4:30–6:00 PM)

Take time to socialize with colleagues. Exchange ideas, trade business cards, and make plans to attend the next
AMWA event. Take a breather after a full day of learning, and kick off your weekend feeling relaxed!

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Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors: IMPACT Pharmaceutical Services, PRA Health Sciences, PPD, MedThink Sci Com, and UCB Biosceiences!

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Last modified: April 21, 2017