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Visual Medical Communications

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Original date of webinar: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Approved for 1.5 ISMPP CMPP™ credit 


Jude D’Souza, Director, Creative Services, Spirit Group Medical Communications

Stacie Meaux, PhD, Production Lead, Research Square

Ann Overton, Presentation Services Manager, MedThink SciCom

Todd Parker, PhD, ISMPP CMPP™, VP, Managing Director, MedThink SciCom

Kelly Soldavin, Medical Editor, Current Medical Research & Opinion, Taylor & Francis Group


Robert J. Matheis, PhD, MA, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP)

Webinar Overview:

Visuals can play a critical role in effective communication, enhancing the audience’s understanding and retention. The ability to communicate visually is of particular value when conveying abstract or complex ideas, with image quality and complexity correlated with a reader’s perception of scientific credibility. Given that data is such a driving force behind decision making, it is important to understand how to communicate visually, delivering a more compelling and easily understood story that is also associated with enhanced recall.

This special ISMPP U session is open to all and may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about visual medical communications, including infographics and visual abstracts. You will have an opportunity to submit questions at the end of the webinar. Please forward this announcement to colleagues and educational programs. All are welcome!

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Be aware of changes in the scientific communications environment and how visual communication supports effective and transparent exchange of medical information without compromising scientific integrity

  • Define key visual elements that can support scientific and medical concepts

  • Understand the publication considerations for visual communications

Faculty Bios:

Jude D'Souza
Jude has worked in Medical Communications for 14 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 oversees Creative Services at Spirit Medical Communications Group. 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 industry staff and international HCPs, including a well-received session at ISMPP 2019. He is the co-organizer and speaker consultant for TEDx Macclesfield, where he has helped develop presentations and coach presenters on topics as varied as astrophysics, economics and mental health.

Ann Overton
As Presentation Services Manager, Ann creates and oversees the development of visually compelling graphics that illustrate and enhance scientific content in client deliverables. Ann has more than 25 years of experience in presentation graphic design in the pharmaceutical industry. This experience includes designing and laying out scientific posters, designing and formatting slide presentations, creating large-format tradeshow graphics and small-format printed graphics, and preparing figures for journal submission. Ann also has experience helping clients prepare presentations for FDA Advisory Committee meetings. She can turn data and content into precise visuals that deliver a clear, concise message. Her therapeutic areas of experience include oncology, endocrinology, orthopedics, reproductive medicine, urology, and cardiology. Ann studied Political Science and Environmental Science at North Carolina State University.

Robert Matheis
Dr. Matheis has a long tenure within scientific and medical communications and has been an integral part of ISMPP for more than a decade. He joined ISMPP in July of 2019 from his role as the Executive Director and Head of Global Scientific Communications at Celgene Corporation. Previously, he was Senior Director of Evidence Based Medical Communications at Sanofi.

Rob began his ISMPP journey as inaugural Chair of the ISMPP Credentialing Board of Trustees, with oversight of examination development and establishment of credentialing criteria. He also served as the 7th President of the ISMPP Board of Trustees. During his tenure, Rob was an influential champion for transitioning ISMPP governance to a permanent board-appointed President and CEO. Most recently, Rob has been Chair of the ISMPP Global Transparency and Trends Committee and a Workstream Lead for the ISMPP Authorship Selection Best Practices Task Force. His professional interests include establishing the value proposition for medical affairs and enriching the role of medical publication professionals to include medical communication capabilities.

Dr. Matheis is a licensed clinical psychologist with specializations in behavioral statistics, neuropsychology, and organizational psychology. He is well-published with an extensive bibliography covering brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and alternative medicine. Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, staying active, and volunteering with various community organizations.

Stacie Meaux
Stacie obtained a Doctoral degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her post-doctoral work. In 2013, she joined Research Square and later helped begin the Videos service. She became the Production Lead of the Videos team in 2018.

Todd Parker 
As VP, Managing Director, Todd is responsible for financial management and business planning; overseeing team growth and staff development; and establishing and maintaining procedure, performance, and quality standards. Todd has over 15 years of medical communications agency experience overseeing scientific strategy (eg, scientific platforms, disease-state education plans, publication planning) and tactical implementation. Todd has also been involved in identifying and expanding new service offerings (ie, developing innovative approaches to address client needs). His areas of expertise include biochemistry, drug development, immunology, infectious diseases, inflammation, and oncology. Before he joined MedThink SciCom, Todd worked at a medical communications company in the Midwest, where he provided scientific direction for multiple products in the oncology space. Todd earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mississippi State University. He completed his postdoctoral research at Ohio University studying the mechanism of action of 2 biological response modifiers. Todd is currently serving as the Chair Elect for the ISMPP Board of Trustees.

Kelly Soldavin
Kelly Soldavin is a Medical Editor for the publisher Taylor & Francis and a member of their London-based Medicine & Health Editorial team. In this role, Kelly manages Current Medical Research & Opinion, a MEDLINE-indexed, peer-reviewed, international journal for the publication of original research focused on new and existing drugs, Phase II through IV studies, and post-marketing investigations. She also manages Journal of Drug Assessment, an official publication of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, and previously managed Journal of Medical Economics. Kelly is an advocate for, and has a special interest in, open science and ethical and transparent publishing, as well as patient engagement and plain language summaries. She has spoken on these topics for the International Publication Planning Meeting (TIPPA), International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and Special Libraries Association (SLA). In addition, Kelly is a member of the ISMPP Social Media & Web-based Metrics Working Group. Prior to joining T&F, Kelly spent 14 years in the veterinary medicine publishing industry. She works in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.