Three Decades of Experience in Communications, Public Affairs & Public Relations
Before I started my freelance business in 2005, I was client liaison and chief writer for oncology and other biomedical accounts at Ruder Finn, one of the world’s largest independent global communications agencies. Before joining Ruder Finn, I was senior editor and manager of new media at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where I developed content and applications for the center’s websites in consultation with many of the world’s leading cancer researchers and clinicians. I also worked for Scientific American Medicine, United Hospital Fund of New York, Merck & Co., and W. W. Norton.
From Tropical Medicine to Oncology and Back
I was a manuscript editor at Norton in the 1980s when I got my first assignment in biomedicine, editing a new publication about Merck’s basic science research. The first issue reported preliminary findings on Merck’s best-selling veterinary product ivermectin, which was showing potential as a possible treatment for human onchocerciasis—“river blindness”—a scourge of South America and sub-Saharan Africa. That initial experience, and my continuing interest in the ivermectin story as it unfolded to become one of the 20th century’s signal achievements in tropical medicine, encouraged me to pursue a career in science-based storytelling.
Up to now, my freelance work has centered on advances in oncology. I was present at the creation of two of the 21st century’s key milestones in cancer research—signal transduction inhibitors and immunotherapies—and I look forward to carrying on as the story unfolds. I also have an abiding interest in tropical medicine and related disciplines including ethnomedicine, ethnobotany, and ethnopharmacology.
I maintain two websites to provide information relevant to my practice: OncologyWatch (which provides information on peer-reviewed journal articles and current clinical trials, indexed by cancer type); and EthnomedicineWatch (current research in ethnomedicine and ethnobotany).
To make full use of my consultancy, you may also want to follow my blog posts and Twitter feed as I work to integrate all of these resources into a broad-based platform in support of sustainable growth, sound environmental stewardship, and promotion of human health and creativity.