Services in medical and scientific communication are designed to help our clinical investigators communicate their research more effectively through better medical/scientific writing, whether it is for peer-reviewed scholarly publications, conference presentations, competitive grant applications, or for regulatory submissions as required in clinical research.
Medical Communication in Clinical Research
A. Development and Writing of Clinical Research Protocol
To help newly independent clinical investigators get a head start in the highly regulated field of clinical research, we provide guidance and medical writing assistance to help them develop their first sets of essential regulatory-compliant clinical research documents. These include structured protocols that clearly convey the research plans for review by relevant regulatory authorities. Our aim is to shorten time from documents development to regulatory approval, to allow investigators to commence their research on schedule. This service applies to clinical studies initiated by the investigators and supports the development of the following:
- Clinical research protocols
- Case report forms
- Participant information sheets
- Informed consent documents
- Investigator’s brochures
To avail yourself of this service, you are advised to approach us after you have fully planned your research project. This is because details of your study plan are required in the development of the respective documents. Prior reservation of a time slot for the initial consultation is necessary. Please email us to arrange a consultation time.
B. Publishing Clinical Research Protocols
If you have an IRB-approved clinical research protocol, and study is ongoing, we can assist you in transforming the protocol to a publishable journal style article. An increasingly number of highly reputable publishers of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Public Library of Science (PLOS), and BioMed Central (BMC) groups are accepting submissions of clinical research protocols for publication. The respective journal's publication criteria may differ.
This service is open to NUHS clinical investigators with an ongoing self-initiated clinical research study to publish. Interested party may contact us for further information.
Education & Training
The following are conducted on a periodical basis to provide education and training for all interested NUHS staff:
- Lectures on medical communication in clinical research
- Lectures on writing up research findings for publication
- Master classes on scientific writing and publishing
- Workshops/talks on scientific writing and presentation techniques
- Training on using software to manage bibliographies, citations and references
- Training on using PubMed and other tools for literature search
Fees may apply for workshops and Master classes delivered by external industry experts (e.g., editors from renowned journals such as Nature and Science. Eligibility for attendance of each event may differ. Some events are specifically arranged for certain category of staff (e.g., resident physicians). For more information on the education and training scheduled for next 3 months, please refer to our calendar of events.
For RRP Residents, download 2019 lecture slides and accompanying materials here. Please use the Class Access Code provided for your class.
Scientific Communication in Research
A. Writing up of original research findings
To help early career clinical investigators unfamiliar with formal scientific writing effectively disseminate their research findings, we provide one-to-one coaching on the writing up of research findings for presentation at scientific conferences or for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Coaching will focus on content organizing and structuring, clear data presentation and effective delivery of the research findings. Guidance will be provided throughout the manuscript development process. Service includes a final editing by our scientific editor before submission of the manuscript to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Conducted via our regular writing clinics, this service supports the development of the following from original research results:
- Research manuscripts
- Brief communications or reports (for rapid communication of research findings that are of high impact to the field of research)
- Conference abstracts and posters
To avail yourself of this service, you must already have your research data analysed, tabulated or graphed, and interpreted. It is preferable if you come with at least an outline of what you wish to report. Prior reservation of a time slot for the initial consultation is necessary (see our quarterly schedule for writing clinics here). Time slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us to book a time slot.
B. Scientific Editing
Pre-submission editing of scientific manuscripts
To clinical investigators in early career and beyond who need no assistance in manuscript development and writing, we offer pre-submission editing of your manuscripts. Our scientific editor will edit your manuscript from both the scientific and linguistic perspectives, modify or restructure the writing, if necessary, for clarity of presentation, logical flow and consistency in the delivery of the messages. This service is also open to NUHS scientists, technology innovators and allied healthcare professionals actively engaged in scientific research. We support editing of the following types of manuscripts:
- Original research articles
- Technology development reports
- Evidence-based review articles
- Clinical case reports
To avail yourself of this service, you must already have a near submission-ready draft in Microsoft Word formatted according to the targeted journal’s instruction to authors. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to email us for more information.
Pre-submission editing of grant proposals
To help aspiring principal investigators communicate more clearly their proposals for major research funding in strategic areas of research†, we offer substantive editing of grant proposals to polish up the writing to ensure logical flow in the communication of the ideas and enhance clarity in the presentation. This service applies to the scientific sections of the following:
- Letters of intent or white papers written for pre-proposal evaluation of projects
- Proposals for internal seed funding
- Grant proposals prepared for full public funding
To avail yourself of this service, you must already have a near-final version of your proposal. Before submitting your proposal to us, please make sure it conforms to the format specified by the respective funding agency and adheres to page limitation imposed.
† As defined by NUHS
We welcome your feedback on our services.
Contact for enquiry or feedback on our services:
|Dr Jennie Wong||Head, Medical & Scientific Communication||Level 10, NUHS Tower Block|
|Ms Tan Shuyu||Senior Executive, NUHS-RSU Secretariat||Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, MD11|
|Miss Eve Boo||Management Assistant Officer, NUHS-RSU Secretariat||Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, MD11|
|Mailbox for all enquiries:||email@example.com|
Medical & Scientific Communication is a division of the NUHS Research Support Unit (historically known as the NUHS Medical Publication Support Unit)