Posted on 04 Jul 2017

Geoff Hall Scholarship Winners 2016

The Geoff Hall Scholarships are given in honour of a former President of EMWA. Geoff was a very special person, an extremely valued member of EMWA, and a very good friend to many EMWA members. He firmly believed that the future of EMWA lies in our new and potential members, and so it’s a very fitting legacy that we have the Scholarship Awards in his memory.

The title of this year’s essay was ‘Good Medical Writing Saves Lives’. There were a record number of entries, and the winners were Sophia Whitman and Cirsten Verleger.

Sophia Whitman obtained degrees in immunology and psychology, and then left this career to become a doctor. Following the birth of her son, she took part time work as an intern medical writer with St Giles Medical. Cirsten Verleger trained as a doctor in Germany, and then became a translator for medical and pharmaceutical texts with a degree in business translation.

Sophia’s and Cirsten’s winning essays are presented in the current issue of Medical Writing, and Cirsten was able to receive her award in person on the stage at the opening ceremony of the 2017 EMWA Spring Conference in Birmingham.

We wish them both the very best for what promises to be two very exciting careers in medical writing.

Cirsten (left) being presented with her award by Lisa Chamberlain James of the Geoff Hall Scholarships Committee.