Katherine Smith

I am a Project Manager at Synergy Medical. I have a strong background in clinical research, scientific publishing and project management.

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I have worked in medical communications since working as a Senior Editor at Nature Publishing Group. I enjoy communicating science in an entertaining and engaging way.

Synergy Medical — Project Manager

I am a Project Manager across five client accounts. I act as a medical writer of a wide variety of materials: primary manuscripts, commercial training modules and digital sales aids for sales teams, objection handlers, core slide kits, advisory board reports, symposia and standalone meeting materials, meeting abstracts and app content. I also conduct extensive literature reviews and am responsible for regulatory approval of all medical content using Zinc referencing software. As part of this position, I proof all types of content, and am part of an agency workstream to streamline and improve proofing processes and accuracy. I also co-ordinate advisory boards and standalone meetings including liaison with key opinion leaders and clients, development of slides and meeting materials (print and digital), slide reviews, smooth running on-site and production of evaluation report. All projects are completed to tight deadlines and budgets, requiring excellent client interaction and flexibility in response to changing client needs.

Nature Publishing Group — Senior Editor, previously Associate Editor

My work at NPG involved the commissioning, peer reviewing and editing (both substantive and copyediting) of review and opinion-based articles to the house style and press deadlines. I identified and drafted research highlights on the latest developments in clinical sciences, and regularly attended international conferences to network, promote the journal and learn about new advances in clinical science. I have managed multiple projects to tight deadlines for the NPG Clinical Sciences division, requiring clear communication and excellent time mamangement skills. Additionally, I trained new starters in editing and writing, as well as assisted the Chief Editor in the day-to-day running of the journal and strategic planning.

I worked specfically on Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology; before this I was an Associate Editor for all eight journals in the Clinical Sciences division at NPG.

Project management work
Journal of Cell Science — Reviews Editorial Intern

Commissioned articles on a range of topics from specialists across the field of cell biology. Represented the journal at international conferences. Sent articles for peer review and developmentally edited review and poster articles to meet agreed standards and deadlines.

Projects during internship
University of Nottingham — Research Fellowship

Clinical research focused on characterising the role of Helicobacter pylori virulence proteins in usurping cellular signalling pathways, a process caused by this pathogen that is key in promoting inflammation and the development of subsequent stomach cancer. My research was presented in oral and poster presentations at an international conference and has led to a co-author publication.

Examples of science writing

I was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Cambridge in 2009. My thesis title is Manipulation of the Host Actin Cytoskeleton by Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli.

I have a B.Sc. (I) from the University of Birmingham in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.