September 2019 – The Month of New Beginnings


August has come to an end, along with most people’s holiday season. Of course, our teams are here to help you make a great start back to work, and this is a key time to join us on social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Keep up with our latest news, and find tips on how to have the most successful September possible!

Summer is now over. Dreading returning to work after all that relaxation on holiday? What you need to do is delegate!? Call upon the expertise of our medical publishing specialists to help bring your projects to life! Writing, translating, proofreading, adapting and submitting – we’re only too happy to aid with any or all steps of publishing your work.

Another article accepted for publication!

Another article accepted for publication!

A new piece of happy news: The article by Catherine Lambert et al., Department of Hematology, King Albert II Institute, Brussels, Belgium, has been accepted for publication in Hematology. Its abstract should be available shortly on PubMed.

The paper by Dr. Catherine Lambert primarily focused on the development of educational materials for patients with hemophilia and their families in Ivory Coast, as well as on the materials’ testing. For developing countries, educational material appears required, yet must be adapted to the socio-cultural context for maximum effectiveness.

Dr. Lambert’s primary target, with this study, was to create educational materials adapted to the Ivorian context. A secondary aim was to assess their short- and long-term impact on knowledge about hemophilia. Lastly, the study sought to test the participants’ motivation and their satisfaction with these educational tools.

Following the elaboration of these tools, they were administered for testing purposes to 71 study participants, including 37 patients with hemophilia, 29 carriers of hemophilia, and five fathers of hemophilia patients. The knowledge level of hemophilia was assessed before using this material (T0), straight after its elaboration (T1), and 1 year thereafter (T2).

According to the research authors’ conclusions, these elaborated tools are likely to contribute to improving hemophilia awareness in developing countries, and facilitate the implementation of hemophilia screening, prevention, and management strategies.

Part 4. Tips for writing an effective Discussion section

Part 4. Tips for writing an effective Discussion section

The Discussion section is a most essential part of your manuscript. It is primarily designed to interpret the observations arising from your research. In contrast to the Results section that presents the research data, this section is meant to discuss their theoretical and practical implications. After Part 3 outlined in our August Newsletter, which has dealt with the Results section, let’s continue with the Discussion section.

  • Most authors begin this section with a brief summary of the research results, providing the context of the arguments that will follow. Of note is that there are readers that skip the Methods and Results section, going straightforward to the Discussion to discern the practical research implications.
  • Other authors prefer to commence the Discussion by stating why the research is unique. Thereafter, they continue to discuss the study findings. Some others first restate the purpose of the research prior to discussing its outcomes.
  • Irrespective of the Discussion’s beginning, the authors must then focus on the data interpretation. This could be done by contrasting your research data with those of other relevant studies. Note that both studies with similar and differing results should be cited. The reasons for the differences should be debated.
  • Many inexperienced authors shy away from mentioning the study limitations, partly due to the apprehension that their manuscript would be rejected. This is far from true! Stating the limitations of the study carried out is, in fact, a MUST.
A trip to Strasbourg’s Museum of Modern Art

A trip to Strasbourg’s Museum of Modern Art

Visiting Strasbourg’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is always an adventure, and one of the unmissable activities of the city! This museum’s principal aim is to put into perspective artistic creations from 1870 to modern day, offering art lovers an overall appreciation of the entire period.

An historic treasure trove
Strasbourg’s collection of artwork was largely destroyed during the Franco-Allemand War of 1870-1871. The devastating bombing of that conflict reduced all the city’s museums to dust, yet the citizens of Strasbourg were not about to give up hope of rescuing their collection, rebuilding it over the years by acquiring new works. Mostly sourced from Alsace-based artists up until WW1, the collection set its sights further afield after the war to art from all over the country, and since 1945 has been nourished by acquisitions from across the globe.

Open, flowing architecture, perfect for wandering freely
The new museum building was started in 1993 and completed in 1998, designed by Adrien Fainsilber, a student of renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier. With its light, transparent forms, Fainsilber created a solemn, purist setting for the sometimes riotous exhibitions. The artistic donations of surrealist painter Jean Hans Arp – in honour of the city of Strasbourg, his birthplace – have particularly elevated the museum’s collection, and in recognition for his generosity, the location bears his name: Place Jean-Hans Arp.

Questions, perspectives and correspondences
The central section of the museum opens out into a vast nave not unlike a gothic cathedral. Purposefully kept free of all superfluous ornament and embellishment, the exhibited artworks change regularly, most of the time following a theme. Over the last few years, the museum has even made a name for itself on the international stage, too. So if you are ever visiting Strasbourg, even just for the day, we’d say this museum is a real must.