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Freelance medical writer
Corporate blog writer
Freelance medical/biotech writer
Clarity Consultants (2010-present)
Duties: Writing white papers, research manuscripts, slide decks, literature reviews, etc. for physicians and biotech companies.
Member, Advisors Panel
Member, Council of Health Care Advisors
Senior Scientific Writer
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Burnaby, B.C. ) (2010-2011)
Duties: -Writing and editing of scientific and technical documents, based on communications with investigators and staff
-Assisted with writing and project management of grant proposals, research initiatives, marketing documents, etc.
-Substantive editing of all written documents
-Conducted in-depth literature searches of scientific publications
CKD: Chronic Kidney Disease
Torre Lazur Healthcare Group for Amgen
Duties: Overseeing all aspects of publication, including soliciting editorials and articles from thought leaders, coordinating content for each issue, writing a “test your clinical knowledge” column, conducting interviews, fact checking, and editing all materials in time for monthly publication deadline. (2001)
Clinical Immunology Spectrum (CIS)
Clinical Immunology Society (1992-1994)
Duties: CIS was an interview-based, in-depth, monthly review of current research in immunology, cell biology, cancer, AIDS, public policy, and other topics. I selected relevant topics, presented them to the Editorial Board, interviewed thought leaders, and wrote feature articles plus shorter news articles on the latest developments in all areas of immunology.
Oncology News International (1994-2010)
Duties: Covering clinical and scientific meetings worldwide, for a physician and researcher audience.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2000)
Duties: Writing profiles of HHMI scientists and education programs.
Freelance medical writer
Baxter Healthcare (2010)
Duties: Writing summaries and overviews of current literature in oncology and parenteral
GeneLetter , Gene Sage.org (2000-2004)
Duties: Writing online news stories on genetics research for a general audience
BioMedNet Magazine (1999-2004)
Duties: Writing daily news and feature articles on medicine, biotech, and pharmaceutical research, for online biology news site from Elsevier.
The Cleantech Report, Lux Research, Inc. (2009)
Duties: Wrote book-length report providing background and overview of all sectors of cleantech.
Frost & Sullivan (1996-2009)
Duties: Researching, writing, and editing numerous book-length reports, market analysis, and press releases on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Freelance Medical Writer
Austin KD and Hall JG: “Hereditary Effects of Ionizing Radiation”. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). UN DocumentA/AC.82/R.534, Annex G, pp729-782, Forty-second session, May 1993, Vienna. )
Austin, KD: “Nontraditional inheritance and congenital
anomalies”. Seminars in Perinatology, 16(6):374-384,
Austin KD and Hall JG: “Nontraditional inheritance”. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 39(2):335-348, 1992.
“Update on the role of epoetin alfa in hematologic
malignancies and myelodysplastic syndromes.” Semin Oncol Jun;25(3 Suppl
Martin GM, Turker MS, Ogburn EC, *Duffin KZ*: “Evidence for
both structural genetic and epigenetic alterations associated with cellular
aging in mammals”. Symposium on the
Biology of Aging: Mortality and Immortality, International Institute for
Advanced Studies, Kyoto,
Turker MS, *Duffin KZ*, Smith AC, et al: “Multidrug resistance
phenotype associated with selection of an aminopterin-resistant dog kidney cell
line”. Pharmacogenetics, 1:149-160,
1984-91: NIH Graduate Research
Fellowship, Dept. of Pathology, University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Doctoral dissertation research, involving
mechanisms of multiple drug resistance in cancer cells; also research on
cellular senescence related to aging in mammals.
1982-84: UW Teaching Fellowship, Dept.
of Biochemistry, University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Teaching undergraduate biochemistry
courses. Volunteer tutoring of
low-income and minority students.
1981-84: NIH Graduate Research
Fellowship, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Thesis research, on alcohol dehydrogenase
gene system in yeast, Saccharomyces
1974-78: National Merit Foundation
Scholarship, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA).
1973: NSF Student Scientist Training
Program Fellowship, Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute (Buffalo, NY). Laboratory research on murine leukemia.