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EBW - Effective Biomedical Writing

An advanced, semester-long course for doctoral students and young researchers in the biomolecular sciences. During the course, participants are guided through the process of writing a research paper using their own experimental data, following the latest standards of good scientific reporting. Each session is composed of short lectures and practical work in small groups, focused on critical reading, problem solving and original writing. The course, given entirely in English language, focuses on the presentation of scientific content—this is not a language course. All participants receive a copy of the 125-page course handbook Effective Biomolecular Reading & Writing. Download the Table of Contents and Preface to view the full range of course topics.

The course has already been given to graduate students in molecular medicine at the University of Milan (three times), to early career researchers and graduate students at the National Tumor Institute in Milan (three times), and to early career researchers at the National Research Council in Milan (once).

Main learning goals
  • Learn to correctly structure a research article
  • Learn to strategically choose the best presentation of data in graphic or textual form
  • Experience writing and revising, as well as working with a medical editor
  • Learn to write a publication-quality research article according to the latest international standards
Teaching strategies
  • Lectures provide strategies for writing each section of a research article, starting with the presentation of results
  • Small group work: problem-solving exercises and peer discussion
  • Critical discussion in class: enhanced learning and scientific reasoning
Prerequisites for participation
  • University degree in medicine, biology or related biomedical field
  • Ability to read and write English
  • Ability to understand English spoken by a native speaker
  Main course topics
  • Biomedical publication: journals, articles, peer review
  • Reading in the biomedical sciences: browsing and critical appraisal
  • Writing process: from presenting data in tables and figures, to outlining and drafting Results, then Methods, next Introduction, finally Discussion
  • Guidelines for quality reporting
  • Text development: sentence, paragraph, section
  • Figures and tables: roles, choice, design, legends
  • Reporting quantities and statistics
  • Citation, quotation, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism
  • Revising strategically and for internal coherence
  • Preparing a cover letter that attracts attention
  • Responding to peer reviewers
Flexible format Adaptable to each client's needs and interests. Suggested formats are:
  • Classic version 35-45 hours, in 7-10 days at intervals of two or more weeks (depending on number of participants)
  • Compact version (suitable for summer school) 40 hours, in 5 consecutive days
Post-course Advanced Writing Workshop Editorial guidance and support for writing a full research article and bringing it through peer review until publication.
  • Six days at 2-week intervals. Each day begins with a 1-hour seminar with all participants, followed by one-on-one manuscript conferences with the docent. During the intervals between meetings, participants write their research articles according to the methods given in Effective Biomedical Writing, and send them to the instructor for editing.
  • Limited to a maximum of six research articles (maximum, 12 participants if articles are co-authored).
  • This workshop is open only to persons who have successfully completed the course Effective Biomedical Writing.

The course and advanced workshop are organized for preformed groups and are held conveniently in your institute. A brief bio of the instructor is available here. For further information:   Dr. V. Matarese, Ph.D. (+39-345-449-5281;

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