Praise for Tom’s workshop on interpreting and reporting statistics

“Thank you for making statistics understoodable!” From a physician at Sichuan Medical University, Chengdu, China

The course was far more interesting and accessible than I anticipated. I would take another course from Mr. Lang and recommend my colleagues do the same. From an American Medical Writers Association conference

Excellent workshop – better than all of my grad school stat classes. From a physician-researcher at the Cleveland Clinic

Brilliant! Tom’s command of the subject is amazing. The value of this workshop is priceless . . . From a student at the University of Chicago’s course on statistics for medical writers and editors

This [statistics] workshop was well thought out and very well led. Tom made an intimidating topic very approachable, and he was organized, kept things moving, and was very clear. Thank you!! From a European medical writer

I do not know of anybody who could have explained this material to this level of detail and audience understanding. Amazing! Thank you! From a Japanese researcher

It was perfectly focused for the target audience – it was just what I needed for a basic understanding of the statistics I run into at work. From a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry

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Tom Lang

Former Manager, Medical Editing Services, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Former Senior Scientific Writer, New England Cochrane Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center

Participant, CONSORT, MOOSE, and PRISMA standards-setting groups

Past President, Council of Science Editors

2002 Excellence in Continuing Education Award, American Statistical Association

Golden Apple Award, Outstanding Workshop Leader, American Medical Writers Association

2002 Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for contributions to medical communications, American Medical Writers Association

MA, Communications Management, Annenberg School for Communication, USC

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Tom Lang Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Employment Experience

Since 1999 Principal, Tom Lang Communications and Training International.  Help prepare manuscripts for publication in all fields of biomedical research and lead on-site trainings in medical writing and editing, critical appraisal of research, scientific and professional communications, statistics and research methods, tables and graphs, and document design. Extensive international experience, especially in Asia.
1998 to 1999  Senior Scientific Writer, Division of Clinical Care Research, New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.  Wrote evidence-based reports, grant applications, and scientific articles. Taught a yearlong post-graduate course in medical writing and scientific publications.
1990 to 1998 Manager, Medical Editing Services, Department of Scientific Publications, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.  Wrote and edited scientific manuscripts; taught medical writing; hired, trained, and supervised 2 entry-level medical editors; supervised 2 undergraduate and 5 international post-doctorate medical writing interns. Designed and maintained the manuscript tracking system for the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.
1984 to 1990 Senior Grants Officer, Office of Sponsored Projects, California State University Chico, Chico, California.  Assisted faculty in all pre-award aspects of proposal development, including project development, budgeting, and evaluation.
1982 to 1984 Medical Writer, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.  Edited articles for publication in scientific journals; designed publications and exhibits; presented workshops on communication.
1978 to 1982 Independent Medical Writer.  Co-authored a college text on personal health; wrote grants and project evaluation reports.
1977 to 1978 Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School, California State University Chico, Chico, California.  Wrote evaluation reports and developed proposals.
1976 to 1977 Normal In-patient Volunteer for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health, and Graphic Arts Intern, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland 
1975 to 1976 Technical Writer/Editor, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California.  Edited scientific articles for publication in professional journals.
   

Education

1988 Master's Degree in Communication Management, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Southern California.  Emphasis on written, scientific, and organizational communication.  
1973 Bachelor's Degree in Social Science, breadth concentration, California State University, Chico.  Graduated magna cum laude, fourth in a class of 650.   Minor in African Studies.  Postgraduate courses in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and elementary education.

Publications: Books, Chapters, and Monographs

Lang T, Altman D. Statistical analyses and methods in the published literature: The SAMPL Guidelines.
Moher D, Altman D, Schulz K, Simera I, Wager L, editors. Guidelines for Reporting Health Research: A Users’ Manual. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2014. Listed as a Key Reporting Guideline on the EQUATOR website (http://www.equator-network.org.) [Originally published in: Smart P, Maisonneuve H, Polderman A, editors. European Association of Science Editors. Science Editors' Handbook, 2013.]

Lang T (author/editor/reviewer). Chapter 12: Numbers Units, Mathematical Expressions, and Statistics. In: Buscher L, editor. Scientific Style and Format. The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 8th Edition.
Chicago: University of Chicago press, 2014:157-91.

Lang T (author/editor/reviewer). Chapter 30: Accessories to Text: Tables, Figures, and Indexes. In: Buscher L, editor. Scientific Style and Format. The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 8th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago press, 2014:157-91.

Lang T, Talerico C, Siontis GCM. Documenting clinical and laboratory images in publications: The CLIP
Principles.
In: Moher D, Altman D, Schulz K, Simera I, Wager L, editors. Guidelines for Reporting Health
Research: A Users’ Manual
. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. In Press. Reprinted from Lang T, Talerico C,
Siontis GCM. CHEST. 2012;141(6):1626-32.

Lang T. Statistics in a nutshell [A short explanation and glossary for translators]. In: Seaman L editor. JAT Pharma
Handbook. Japan Association of Translators, 2011.

Lang T. Systematic reviews. In: The Research Guide. A Primer for Residents, Other Health Care Trainees, and
Practitioners
. Harvey B, Lang E, Frank JR, eds. Ontario, Canada: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada, 2011.
Lang T. Worth Remembering: Take-Home Points from the Targeted and Tailored Messages for Dealing with Depression (T2/D2) Conference. April 8, 2010, Sacramento, California. 25-page synopsis of this conference.
Lang T. How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: A Guide for Clinicians and Laboratory Researchers. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 2010.  Japanese translation 2011.Selected by the Society of Technical Communication as one of the top 100 Technical Communications Books of 1991-2012.
Lang T, Secic M. How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers.  Philadelphia: American College of Physicians, 1997. Reprinted in English for distribution within China, 1998. Chinese translation, 2001. Second edition, 2006. Japanese translation, 2011; Russian translation, 2013.
Lang T. Common statistical errors in scientific articles.  In: European Association of Science Editors.  Science Editors’ Handbook. Surrey, England: European Association of Science Editors, 2003;2-3.1, 1-4.
Lang T. Rinsho kenkyu ni okeru toukei houkoku no shikata [How to report statistics in clinical research].  In: Harrison B, Barron JP, Kobayashi H, Harrison E, editors.  Igaku eigo komyunikeshon 2: Ronbun no kakikata – ouyouhen [Medical English Communication, volume 2. How to Write a Research Paper (Applied Skills)]. Tokyo: Asakura Shoten, 2003;281-92.
Lang T. Statistics for medical writers and editors.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication, vol 3.   Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 2001.
Goodkin DE, Lang T. Standardized reporting of randomized controlled multiple sclerosis clinical trials.   In: Rudick R, Goodkin DE, editors.  Multiple Sclerosis: Experimental and Applied Therapeutics.  London: Martin Dunitz Publishers, 1999.
Lang T, Talerico C. Improving comprehension: theories and research findings.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication, vol, 2.  Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 1997.
Lang T. Preparing Patient Education Handouts.  In: American Medical Writers Association.  Selected Workshops in Biomedical Communication.   Bethesda, MD: American Medical Writers Association, 1994.
Reed R, Lang T. Health Behaviors.  St. Paul: West Publishing Co., First Edition, 1982; Second Edition, 1987.  A college text on personal health; 600 pages and an instructor's manual.
Lang T. An Overview of Proposal Development: A Guide for the Faculty at California State University, Chico.  The Graduate School, CSU Chico, 1989.

Publications: Articles and Letters

Lang T. Medical Writing Up Close and Professional: Establishing Our Identity. AMWA J. In Press.
Lang T. Letter to the Editor. Response to “Readability and text cohesion of online colorectal cancer and screening
information.” AMWA J. 2014;29:48.
Lang T. Letter to the Editor. The need to question terminal digits in scientific research. AMWA J. 2013;28(3):141-2.
Lang T. The illusion of certainty and the certainty of illusion: a case study of misunderstandings in scientific articles. AMWA J. 2013;28(3):105-9.
Lang TA. Letter to the editor. The need for certfi-CAUTION. AMWA J. 2013;28(1):46.
Lang TA. The illusion of certainty and the certainty of illusion: a caution when reading scientific articles. J Occup Environ Med [Iran]. 2011;2(2):118-23. Invited article.
Lang TA, Lundberg G. Why not write it clearly? medpageTODAY. May 16, 2011.
http://www.medpagetoday.com/columns/26510. Invited article.
Lang TA. Doing certification right: avoiding the one-score, one-test, one-time, one-size-fits-all examination trap. AMWA J. 2012;26(3):101-5.
Lang TA. Letter to the editor. Response to the article titled “Writing for readers with a wide range of reading
skills.” AMWA J. 2011;26(2):149.
Lang TA. Letter to the editor. Response to the article titled “Use of the passive voice in medical journal articles.” AMWA J. 2011;26(1):46.
Harvey B, Lang TA. Hypothesis testing, study power, and sample size. CHEST. 2010;137: DOI:10.1378︎chest.10- 0067. Invited article.
Lang TA. A checklist for Chinese authors publishing clinical research in scientific journals. Di-San Junyi
Daxue Xuebao
[Acta Academiae Medicinae Militaris Tertiae] (The Journal of The Third Military Medical
University). 2010;32(19):2039-44. Invited article.
Lang TA. CONSORTing with a QUOROM of MOOSES: The standards movement in scientific reporting.
Neurourol Urodyn. 2010;29(1):28-9. Invited article.
Lang TA. Just who are we and what are we doing, anyway? Needed research in medical writing. AMWA J. 2009;24(3):106-12. Invited article.
Lang TA. When a picture needs 1,000 words. CHEST. 2009;135:1688-91. Invited article.
Liberati A, Altman DG, Tetzlaff J, Mulrow C, Gøtzsche PC, Ioannidis JP, Clarke M, et al. The PRISMA
statement for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that evaluate healthcare
interventions: explanation and elaboration
. BMJ. 2009 Jul 21;339:b2700. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b2700.
Lang T. What do you think constitutes authorship? AMWA J 2008; 23(2): 65-7.
Lang T. The need for accurate statistical reporting: Invited Commentary. Adv Physiol Ed 2007;31:Dec;299; Discussion 306-7.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  3. Reporting multivariate analyses.  CHEST 2007;130:628-32. Invited article.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  2. Reporting hypothesis tests.  CHEST 2007;130:317-9. Invited article.
Lang T. Documenting research in scientific articles: guidelines for authors.  1. Reporting research designs and activities. CHEST 2006;130:1263-68. Invited article.
Lang T. Getting Published. The DO 2006;47:28-36. [A publication of the American Osteopathic Association]
Lang TA. How to write an article for publication in a western scientific journal: advice for Asian authors
from an American medical writer
. Chinese J Evidence-Based Med. 2005;5:404-7.
Lang TA. Tips for using commas. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage [Japanese
website], 2005.
Lang TA. Tips for writing English sentences. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese website], 2005.
Lang TA. Tips for writing English paragraphs. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese website], 2005.
Lang TA. Sources of ambiguity in English writing. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese website], 2005.
Lang TA. Striking out with readability formulas. AMWA J. 2004;19:95-6. Invited article.
Lang TA. Systematic reviews as research assignments for training physicians. Acad Med. 2004;79:1067-72.
Lang TA. Twenty statistical errors even YOU can find in biomedical research articles. Croatian Med J.
2004;45:361-70.
Lang T. How we became medical writers: survey responses of AMWA Members. AMWA Journal, in press.
Lang T. How to write an article for publication in a Western scientific journal: advice for Asian authors from an American medical writer.  Chinese J Evidence-Based Med 2005;5:404-7.
Lang T. Tips for using commas. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage [Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Tips for writing English sentences. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Tips for writing English paragraphs. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Sources of ambiguity in English writing. Cancer On-Line: http://www.lifescience.co.jp/~itoh/ccoimage
[Japanese  website], 2005.
Lang T. Striking out with readability formulas.  AMWA J 2004;19:95-6. [Invited article]
Lang T. Systematic reviews as research assignments for training physicians.  Acad Med 2004;79:1067-72 
Lang T. Twenty statistical errors even YOU can find in biomedical research articles.  Croatian Med J 2004;45:361-70.
Lang T, Hodge P, Olson V, Romano P, Kravitz R. Nurse-patient ratios and patient, nurse employee, and hospital outcomes: a systematic reviewJONA 2004;34:326-37.
Lang T. Guidelines for reporting statistics in biomedical research. Graefe's Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. www.medizin.uni-koeln.de/kliniken/augenklinik/graefe.html [German website] 2003.
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 7: Common errors in conclusions.  AMWA J 2006;21:17-8. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 6: errors in research designs.  AMWA J 2005;20:112-5. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 5: errors in reports of diagnostic tests.  AMWA J 2005;20:10-1. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 4: errors in correlation and regression analysis.  AMWA J 2005;20:10-1. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 3: errors in data displays.  AMWA J 2004;19:9-11. [Invited article]
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 2: errors in multivariate analysis and in interpreting differences between groupsAMWA J 2003;18:103-7. [Invited article]  Reprinted in The ATA (American Translators Association) Journal 2005;34:43-7.
Lang T. Common statistical errors even YOU can find, Part 1: errors in descriptive statistics and in interpreting probability valuesAMWA J 2003;18: 67-71. [Invited article] Reprinted in The ATA (American Translators Association) Journal 2004;33.
Lang T. Quality assurance for pharmaceutical documents.  Jpn Pharmacol Ther 2002;30:837-43.
Lang T. Editing and proofreading pharmaceutical writingJpn Pharmacol Ther 2002;30:845-9.
Lang T. How to stay out of bars (why dot charts are better than bar charts)AMWA J 2002;17(3):27-9.
Lang T. Collaborative review of editing and writing (CREW): a method for training medical writers and editorsAMWA J 2002;17(1):23-4.
Lang TA. Mentor-guided analytical thinking (MAT): a method for training medical writers and editors.
AMWA J 2002;17(1):26-7.
Altman DG, Schulz KF, Moher D, Egger  M, Davidoff F, Elbourne D, Gøtzsche PC, Lang TA, for the CONSORT Group. The revised CONSORT statement for reporting randomized trials: explanation and elaboration.  Ann  Intern Med 2001;134:663-94.
Altman DG, Schulz KF, Moher D, Egger M, Davidoff F, Elbourne D, Gøtzsche PC, Lang TA, for the CONSORT Group. The CONSORT statement: revised recommendations for improving the quality of parallel-group randomized trials. Ann Intern Med 2001;134:657-62; Lancet 2001;357:1191-4; JAMA 2001;285:1987-91.
Lau J, Ioannidis JP, Balk E, Milch C, Chew P, Terrin N, Lang TA, Salem D, Wong JB. Evaluation of technologies for identifying acute cardiac ischemia in emergency departments. Evid Rep Technol Assess 2000;26:1-4.
Lang T. Masking or blinding?  An unscientific survey of mostly medical journal editors on the great debate.  (A Not Brief Enough Report) [serial online] Med Gen Med March 13, 2000.   [Invited article]
Lang T. Medical writing: where it’s been, where it’s going. AMWA Journal 2000;15:9-12.
Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, Olkin I, Williamson GD, Rennie D, Moher D, Becker BJ, Sipe TA, Thacker
SB. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting. Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA. 2000 Apr 19;283(15):2008-12.
Lang T. A curriculum for biomedical writing and editingCBE Views 1999;22(1):3-5.
Lau J, Zucker D, Engels EA, Balk E, Barza M, Terrin N, Devine D, Chew P, Lang T, Liu D. Diagnosis and
Treatment of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Summ). 1999 Mar;(9):1-5.
Lang TA. A curriculum for biomedical writing and editing. CBE Views. 1999;22(1):3-5.
Lang T. CONSORTing with a QUOROM of MOOSES: what it takes to report medical researchAMWA J 1997;12(3):2-5.
Lang T. Assessing the productivity and value of a hospital-based medical editing service. AMWA J 1997; 12(1):6-14.
Lang T. Physical and processing characteristics of manuscripts submitted for author's editingCBE Views.  1996;19(5):111-5.
Lang T. Why medical writers should learn about statistics: the n's do justify the meansAMWA J 1994;9(2):45-50.
Lang T. Medical journals: an overview of the industryAMWA J 1989;4(2):26-32.
Lang T. The effects of word processing on the writing processAMWA J 1989;4(4):14-7.
Lang T. The technology of writing: a brief history of the alphabet AMWA J 1988;3(4):8-12.
Lang T. A technical writing laboratory: the puzzle exercise. Tech Writing Teach 1988;25(2):132-7.
Lang T. Technical writing is not one of the humanitiesAMWA J 1987;2(5):3-8.
Lang T. Conveying movement in print: how to present martial arts techniques in photographs and text.  J Asian Martial Arts 2008;17:38-53.
Lang T. Katsu: traditional Japanese resuscitation techniquesAnn Emerg Med 1984;1:40-4.

Other Interviews, Publications, and Presentations

Interviewed for an article on the risks and benefits of clinical trials in the Indian journal, Clinical Quest: Spotlight on Drug Development 2004;1:13-20.
Interviewed by the journal, Nature, for an article on statistical errors in the scientific literature. May 26, 2004.
Interviewed for an article in the Japanese journal, Medical Writing for the Department, Meet the Author: How to Report Statistics in Medicine. Medical Writing 2001;9:17-21.
Interviewed for an article about the University of Chicago’s Medical Writing and Editing Certificate Program.  Chicago Magazine 2001; Aug: 68-70.
Interviewed for an article on statistical reporting titled: Vital Statistics, by Linda Wasmer Smith. Reaction Times 1995; Nov: 9-14. 
Interviewed for an article titled: Can Your Patients Read What You Give Them?  Patient Education Newsletter 1994;1(1):1-2,7.  Atlanta: Pritchertt & Hull Associates, Inc. 
Interviewed for an article titled: Write Within the Writers Context.  Writing Concepts: The Business Communications Report 1995; 6(5):3-4.  Springfield, VA: Writing Concepts, Inc.
Lang T, editor. Masters Theses, Papers, & Projects: Guide to Style and Format. The Graduate School, CSU Chico, 1980.
Lang T. The Rural Clinical Nurse Placement Project: A Report to the Legislature and The Rural Clinical Nursing Option: An Implementation Manual.  Rural Clinical Nurse Placement Project, CSU Chico, 1980.
Lang T, editor. The Final Report of the Rural Drug Needs Assessment Project and The Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Rural Drug Needs Assessment Project. Human Services Center, CSU Chico, 1979.
Lang T. Experimentally induced conformity.  Paper presented to the Western Psychological Association Conference for Undergraduate Research, Santa Clara, CA, May 1973.

Invited Presentations, International

2014 Novartis Japan. Three intensive sessions on writing instruction with regulatory writers
conducted over Skype and one conducted on-site.
2014 University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Three, day-long workshops on scientific
publication and medical writing.
2014 Peking University International Health Science Center, Beijing, China. Three
workshops and presentations for medical editors in the China Medical Board’s medical
writing program.
2014 Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China. Half-day workshop on scientific publication and medical writing.
2014 Sichuan University/West China University of Medical Science, Chengdu, China. Three, day-long workshops on scientific publication and medical writing.
2014 Scientific Seminar of the Association of Physicians in Bangladesh, Dhaka,
Bangladesh
. Five, half-day trainings in scientific publication and medical writing.
2014 Dhaka Medical College. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Day-long workshop on preparing scientific publications for medical students and faculty.
2013 Medtrix Healthcare Private Ltd. Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Three, daylong workshops on publishing in medical journals.
2013 24th Annual Conference and Scientific Seminar of the Association of Physicians in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Invited speaker and commentator.
2013 Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Dhaka, Bangladesh. Daylong workshop on publishing in medical journals.
2013 Medical and Scientific Communications 2013 Annual Forum, Drug Information
Association
. Invited presentation, “Meeting the Needs of Evidence-Based Medicine.”
2013 Japanese Association of Translators, Pharmaceutical Group. Half-day workshop on improving written communication in English.
2012 Adelphi Values, Tokyo, Japan. Two, day-long trainings on technical report writing, business communications, and conflict management
2012 BioQuest Solutions Private Ltd., Bangalore and Kolkata, India. Two, daylong training for physicians on preparing scientific publications.
2012 National University Health System, Singapore. Day-long training for medical students and physicians
2011, 2012 Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Singapore. Invited lectures on scientific publishing
2010 European Statistical Forum, Verona, Italy.  Invited presentation on statistical errors in the scientific literature
2010  Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.  Consultation with vascular surgery group on scientific publications
2010   Cactus Communications/Editage, Tokyo, Japan.  Day-long course on preparing scientific publications
2009, 2010 Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Bangkok, Thailand. Day-long course for physicians on preparing scientific publications
2009   Cactus Communications, Mumbai, India.  Weeklong training of more than 40 medical and technical editors
2009    World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Led a 2-day training course on statistical reporting to epidemiologists and public health professionals
2009 Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China.  Visiting Scholar.  2 weeks of lectures to undergraduate and graduate physicians, medical English teachers, and editorial board members of the University’s journal
2008 National Center for Science and Industrial Research, Lusaka, Zambia.  2 weeks of lectures to scientists and physicians from several southern African countries on scientific and technical communication.  Sponsored by AuthorAid.
2008, 2010 Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. Lectures to physicians, researchers, and medical students on scientific publications
2008, 2009   St. Lukes Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. Lectures to staff physicians on scientific publications
2007    American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Calgary, Canada, “Statistical Errors Even YOU can Find.”
2006 Charlesworth China, Beijing.  4-day training to editorial staffs of more than 50 Chinese scientific journals published in English.
2006, 2009, 2010  Peking University International Health Sciences Center.  Several 3-hour lectures to physicians, researchers, and medical students
2006, 2009 Tsukuba University, Tsukuba Japan. Lecture and consulting on training science students in scientific communication and publications.  
Annually 2005-2010 Sichuan University/West China University of Medical Science, Chengdu, China. lectures and classes directed to medical students and researchers in biological sciences
2005, 2007   Chinese Cochrane Center and West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.  Lectures on scientific publishing and medical writing.
2005, 2007 Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom. Day-long course on writing the statistical consulting report.
2003 Japanese Medical Communicators Association.  Lectures on writing patient education handouts and reporting clinical trails
2004 Seth G. S. Medical College/King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai (Bombay), India.  Presentations at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Journal of Postgraduate medicine.
1996, 1998, 2002, 2004 Visiting Scholar, Beijing Medical University.  One of two instructors recruited by the
2002, 2004                           China Medical Board to teach Chinese physicians and researchers about publishing in
English-language biomedical journals.
2004 Central South China University, Xiang Ya Hospital, Changsha, China.  Lectures on how to publish in Western scientific journals
2005 Fudan University Children’s Hospital, Shanghai, China. Lectures on how to publish in Western scientific journals
2003 Japanese Medical Communicators Association, Tokyo, Japan. Educating medical writers
2002  Fourth Military Medical University Hospital, Xian, PR China; Fudan University, Shanghai, PR China; Peking University Medical College, Beijing, PD China.  “Publishing in Western journals.”
2000, 2001   Drug Information Association, Tokyo, Japan.  Presentations on statistical reporting and the training of medical writers and editors
Annually, since 2001  Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE), Tokyo, Japan.  Annual training course in scientific publications, medical writing, and critical appraisal of research
Annually since 2001  Medical Interpreters and Translators Association, Tokyo, Japan. Annual lectures on
medical writing and editing, statistical reporting, and training medical writers
1998  Japanese Medical Writers [Journalists] Association, Tokyo, Japan.  Reporting Statistics
1998 China Medical University, Shenyang, China.  Lectures on medical writing
1998 Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China. Lectures on medical writing
1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011 European Medical Writers Association, annual conferences in Berlin, Edinburgh,   Madrid, Prague, Lisbon, Budapest, and Barcelona
• Biostatistics for Medical Writers and Editors
• Reporting Correlation and Regression Analyses 
• Reporting Biomedical Research: The Scientific Article
• Improving Comprehension: Theories and Research Findings
• Reporting Clinical Trials
1994, 1995, 1997   The Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, annual conferences in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver
• Biostatistics for Medical Writers and Editors
• Reporting Biomedical Research: The Scientific Article
• Reporting Clinical Trials
1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 Beijing Medical School (now Peking University Internal Health Science Center), Beijing, China. Three weeks of teaching medical editors in the China Medical Board
medical writing program

Invited Presentations, Domestic

2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Daylong training in critical appraisal of epidemiological research and common statistical and data presentation errors.
2014 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2014 Annual
Forum, Orlando, FL. 3-h Tutorial on Statistics for Medical Communications
2014 InQuill Medical Communications, 1-hour webinar on statistical errors.
2013 Annual conference of the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI).
University of Washington, November 15, 2013. “Keeping the Litter out of the Literature:
Improving the Quality of Scientific Publications.”
2013 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2013
Annual Forum, Phoenix, AZ. Presentation on reporting guidelines for evidencebased medicine.
2012, 2013 Annual meetings, editorial board, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Tampa, FL and Denver, CO. Presentations on publishing in scientific journals.
2012 Drug Information Association, Medical and Scientific Communications 2014 Annual Forum, Orlando, FL. 2012. 3-h Tutorial and panel discussion on Statistics for Medical
Communications
2010 The International League Against Epilepsy, San Antonio, Texas. Four-hour presentation to the editorial board and reviewers of Epilepsia on reviewing articles for publication in the journal.
2007

Veterinary Journal Editors Group, American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, “Statistical Errors Even YOU can Find.”

2007 The Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, several presentations on scientific publications and medical writing
2006 Association of Health Care Journalists Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Twenty Statistical Errors Even YOU Can Find.
2005 and 2006 American Osteopathic Association, Council on Research, Conference presentations in Birmingham, AL, Tulsa, OK, and Las Vegas, NV.
1999 to 2004 American Statistical Association, annual meetings: “Communicating with
Nonstatisticians, 4- and 8-hour workshops
2001 to 2004 American Public Health Association, annual meeting.  Continuing Education
course on critical appraisal of biomedical and public health research
2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta Georgia. “Critical appraisal of the biomedical literature.”  Video broadcast to 3 remote sites.
2000  National Council of Teachers of English, Milwaukee, WI. Scientific Writing
1996   American Academy of Optometry, Annual Research Symposium. Writing Scientific Articles
Since 1996 Council of Science Editors, annual conferences
• Instructor, Short Course, Statistics for Journal Editors, on-going
• Instructor, first 3 Short Courses for New Manuscript Editors
• Ten Common Statistical Reporting Errors; four presentations
• Discussant, Is There Evidence of Quality in the Scientific Literature?
• Discussant, Value Added and Productivity Measures in Medical Writing
• Moderator, What Editors Need to Know about Industry-Sponsored Research
• Presenter, Observations on Instructions for Authors
• Presenter, How Are Nonnative English-Speaking Authors Coping with Requirements to Publish in English-Language Journals?  
Since 1986 American Medical Writers Association. More than 175, 3-hour Core and Advanced workshops presented at national and regional conferences:
• Biostatistics for Medical Writers and Editors (required)
• Reporting Correlation and Regression Analyses (required)
• Preparing Biomedical Research Articles (required)
• Reporting Measures of Risk
• Critical Appraisal of Clinical Research Articles
• Reporting Clinical Trials (Advanced Curriculum)
• Reporting Diagnostic Test Characteristics (Advanced Curriculum)
• Improving Comprehension: Theories and Research Findings (required)              
• Preparing Patient Education Handouts 
• Preparing Tables and Graphs
• Institutional Pandering: What Writers Need to Know about Grantsmanship      
• Mentor-guided Analytical Thinking (MAT)
1992 The 1992 Nutrition Conference, a continuing education course sponsored by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; “Dr. Frankenstein, Science, and YOU"               
1990 Midwest Pediatric Gut Club, “Developing Patient Education Handouts” 
1989, 1990 Society for Technical Communication (Writer in the Workplace Conference, Sacramento, California)
• Writing for Informavores: Applications of Information Theory to Technical Communication
• Meaning, Sound, and Symbol: The Alphabet, Before and Beyond
• Seven Reasons for Writing in Circles: From Message to Meaning in Written Communication
1986  American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, annual conference, Seattle, Washington: “Medical Writing: Strategies and Skills”
1983   Loma Linda University Medical Center, “Coping With Stress.  A 4-hour workshop presented to the Department of Respiratory Care. Ten presentations.
1980 

California State University, Chico 
Publishing in Professional Journals.  Professional development seminar presented to the faculty at CSU Chico, January 1980.
Rape: A Model for Prevention. Keynote address presented at the Northern California Rape Prevention Conference, Chico, CA, June 1980.

Professional Activities

2014 Participant, Feasibility and Pilot Studies (FAPS) Group. EQUATOR-sponsored group
on reporting randomized pilot trials
2014 Peer Reviewer, International Journal of Clinical Practice
2012 Chair, Education Committee, World Association of Medical Editors. In charge of developing an on-line medical journal editor training program targeted especially to nonnative English-speaking editors in developing countries.
2011-2014 Member, Style Manual Subcommittee. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. Author/editor/reviewer of Chapter 12: Numbers, Units, Mathematical Expressions, and statistics and Chapter 30: Accessories to Text:
Tables, Figures, and Indexes
2011 Peer Reviewer, CHEST
2010  Medical Editor in Residence, Texas A&M University, July, 2010. Assisted in training a group of Mexican scholars in preparing their research for publication; gave open lectures on medical writing and scientific publications.
2009 Peer Reviewer, Indian Journal of Medical Science
2008 - 2012 Consultant on statistical reporting, Epilepsia
2006 Editor, chapters on reporting statistics and on preparing tables, in Scientific Style and Format, 7th Edition.  Council of Science Editors, 2006.
2006 Peer Reviewer, The Science Editor, the journal of the Council of Science Editors
2005 Peer Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
2005 Consultant on statistical reporting, Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
2005  Member, QUOROM (Now PRISMA) Group on reporting systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials.
Since 2002

Peer Reviewer, American Medical Writers Association Journal

2001 Peer Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine
2000, 2002  LearnStat Workshop Program, American Statistical Association. 
2000 Peer Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
1999 Chair, Program Committee, 2000 CBE Annual Conference
Since 1998 Member, Consolidated Standards on Reporting Trials (CONSORT) group, a reporting guideline development group
1997   Member, Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE), a reporting guideline development group
1988 Reviewer, two chapters of the AMA Manual of Style, 9th Edition (reporting original research and reporting statistical information)
1994 to 1996  Chair, Long-Range Planning Committee, American Medical Writers Association.  Managed the development of a 5-year plan for the Association.
1995 and 1996 Peer Reviewer, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
1994 Member, Asilomar Working Group on Recommendations for Reporting Clinical Trials in the Biomedical Literature.  See: Annals of Internal Medicine 1994; 121(11):894-5 and 1996;124(8):741-3.
1993 to 1994 

Chair, Health Education Materials Committee, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Evaluated the production and use of patient education materials.

1990 As President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, established the Deer Creek Conference, an annual professional development retreat.  Organized the 1992 and 1993 Conferences.
1991   Helped establish the Educators Section of the American Medical Writers Association.  Organized the first plenary session for the Annual Conference.
1990 to 1993  Served as Content Specialist to review the core curriculum workshops for the Editors Section of the American Medical Writers Association.

Consulting and Training Activities

2001  Systematic review of the literature on the clinical implications of nurse-to-patient ratios, for the University of California, Davis, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care.  Report to the State of California. 
2001 to 2004 Helped to structure the Core Curriculum of the American College of Medical Quality
Since 1993 Provided training and consulting services in medical writing to several clients: Click here to view the list
1989 

Advised Butte County Alcohol and Drug Services in the design and preparation of a regional, interdisciplinary proposal to coordinate perinatal substance abuse treatment services.

1989 Evaluated the American Chemical Society's multimedia technical writing course for adoption by the NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH.
1983 Thirty chapters of Operative Hand Surgery, the leading reference for hand surgeons, edited for Dr. Virchel Wood, Chief, Hand Section, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.

Professional Affiliations

2004 to 2012 Adjunct Professor of Medical Writing, University of Sciences in Philadelphia, for the master’s program in medical writing.
Since 1998  World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). Treasurer since 2007.
Since 1997 Adjunct Instructor, Medical Writing and Editing Program, Graham School of General Studies, University of Chicago
Since 1997 European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
Since 1988 Council of Science Editors  (CSE).  Presidential track 1999 to 2004; President 2001 to 2002.
1994 to 1999 International Society for Performance and Instruction (ISPI; Ohio chapter)
Since 1979 American Medical Writers Association (AMWA); President, Ohio Valley Chapter, 1992 to 1993; Chair, National Long-Range Planning Committee, 1994 to 1996
1978 to 2002 Society for Technical Communication (STC); Senior member
Since 1972

American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF).  As Director of Information and Public Relations (1983 to 1987), edited and published a quarterly national newsletter.

Awards, Honors, and Personal Achievements

2011 Eric W. Martin Award for excellence in medical writing, American Medical Writers
Association
2009 Honorary Editorial Board Member, Acta Academiae Medicinae Militaris Tertiae [Journal of the Third Military Medical University], Chongqing, China.
2006 Completed a 28-hour course in Community Mediation through the Sacramento Mediation Center.
2005 First Excellence in Teaching Award, Professional Programs, Graham School of General Studies, University of Chicago
2002 Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to medical communications, the American Medical Writers Association
2002 Excellence in Continuing Education Award, Advisory Committee on Continuing Education, American Statistical Association
1994 The Golden Apple Award (for excellence in teaching), American Medical Writers Association
1993 Fellow, American Medical Writers Association
1992 President's Award for Meritorious Service, American Medical Writers Association
1986, 1995 Basic and Advanced Core Curriculum Programs in Medical Communications,
cross-disciplinary emphasis, the American Medical Writers Association
1984 Award of Achievement, Society for Technical Communication publications competition, Golden Gate and Pacifica chapters
Since 2004 Completed a 60-hour intensive course in Mandarin Chinese at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  On-going independent study of spoken Mandarin.
Since 2005 Independent study of Japanese, including weekly language exchanges with native speakers 
2000 Completed The Seven Progression Foundation Course in The Gyrotonic Expansion System and the first level of Gyrokinesis training; qualified to teach both aspects of this therapeutic exercise system
1987 4th-degree black belt, Danzan Ryu Jujutsu, American Judo and Jujitsu Federation
1983 2nd-degree black belt, All Japan Kendo Federation (iaido [sword drawing] section)
1982   Emergency Medical Technician Program, Butte Community College, Oroville, California

University Teaching Experience

2010 Medical Editor in Residence, Texas A&M University. Month-long residency in
training a group of Mexican scholars to prepare their research for publication; gave open
lectures on medical writing and scientific publications.
2000 to 2002, 2006 to 2009  Ohio State University Summer Program in Applied Statistical Methods.  Credit-and        non-credit bearing courses on writing statistical reports and preparing scientific articles.
2005 to 2007 BW701 Professional Writing in Science, University of Sciences in Philadelphia.  Internet-based course on the master’s degree program in medical writing.  Fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Summer 2005 BW708 Methods for Evaluating Written Communication, University of Sciences in Philadelphia.  Internet-based course on the master’s degree program in medical writing
2001 to 2004 Critical Appraisal and Editing of Biomedical Research Articles, University of
Chicago, Biomedical Writing Certificate Program, intensive 3-day course
Annually since 1999 Interpreting Medical Statistics, University of Chicago, Biomedical Writing
Certificate Program, intensive 3-day course
1999  Tabular and Graphical Data Displays, University of Chicago, Biomedical Writing Certificate Program, intensive 3-day course. 
1998 to 1999 Scientific Writing, postdoctoral seminar, a weekly, year-round seminar, Tufts University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
1989  Communication and Society (Information and Communication Studies 204), CSU Chico.  A 3-unit senior seminar and capstone course for majors.
1989 Communication Research (Communication Design 202), CSU Chico.  Discussion section of an upper-division lecture class.  Supervised group research projects.
1986 and 1988 Proposal Writing (English 230), CSU, Chico.  A 3-unit upper-division course in the technical writing certificate program.
1988 and 1989 Nature and Impact of Human Communication (Communications 140), Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California.  A 4-unit, lower-division introductory course.  Teaching Assistant for Sandra Ball-Rokeach, PhD, and Head Teaching Assistant for Everett M. Rogers, PhD.  
1984 and 1986 Technical report writing (School of Technical Careers 416), Southern Illinois
University, Carbondale.  A 3-unit upper-division course taught at Fort Hood, TX, and at March Air Force Base, Riverside, CA, on three alternate weekends.
1984 Management Research Methods (School of Technical Careers 350), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  A 3-unit upper-division course taught at March Air Force Base, Riverside, CA, on 12 evenings.
Summer 2007  Japanese therapeutic massage, Experimental University, University of California, Davis.
2006 to 2010 Hanbojutsu (jointlocks and takedowns with the stick and cane) Experimental College, University of California, Davis.
1978 to 1982 Jujitsu and Principles of Self Defense (PE 104), Department of Physical Education, California State University, Chico.  Beginning and Advanced classes.  Two students promoted to black belt.