Mini-Networking Night: Scientific Writing & Editing


Date - 04/11/2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mini-Networking Night: Scientific Writing & Editing

Event details

Mini-Networking Night focused on careers in scientific writing and editing will feature guests from Sixsense Strategy Group, Klick Health, Six Degrees Medical Consulting, Caudex, Anderson DDB Health & Lifestyle, INVIVO Communications Inc., and Rapid Novor Inc. on November 4th, 2020. Interested in learning more about this career path, join us for an exciting networking night where some of the most prominent leaders in the field in Toronto will talk about their path to success!

Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Registration: Thank you for your interest! The event has reached capacity. Stay tuned for more events in the future!

Time: 6:00PM-7.30PM
Location: online through Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to those registered.

Event program
6:00 – 6:05 p.m. Welcome remarks & Guest introduction
6:05 – 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Structured Networking (students are organized into groups, which 3x rotate every 20 minutes)*
7:30 – 7.35 p.m. Closing remarks
*During structured networking portion, students will get an opportunity to rotate through 3 guests in smaller breakout groups.
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Very limited space available. Registered individuals who do not show up will be prevented from registering for future events.

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Guests for this event:

Amanda Hall, PhD – Scientific Writer – Sixsense Strategy Group

Karen Chiang, MSc – Medical Editor – Klick Health

Elodie Varin, PhD – Medical Writer – Six Degrees Medical

Jasmine Chong, MASc – Medical Writer – Caudex

Yuning Wang, PhD – Scientific Writer – Rapid Novor Inc.

Samia Tasmim, MSc – Medical Writer – Anderson DDB Health & Lifestyle

Katherine Halievski, PhD – Medical Writer – INVIVO

***Note: All students, post-docs and other research trainees at the University of Toronto or the affiliated research institutions must register with their institutional email address to take advantage of the early registration .***



 Amanda Hall, PhD

I completed my PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at U of T. I joined the LSCDS during my last year of graduate school and attended various networking and career day events. It was during one of these events that I learnt about Sixsense Strategy Group. Upon completing my PhD, I joined the Sixsense team as a Scientific Writer, where I get to work on various projects across multiple therapeutic areas. As a Scientific Writer, every day presents with a learning opportunity and there is never a dull moment.


 Karen Chiang, MSc

Karen Chiang is a Medical Editor at Klick Health, the world’s largest independent health marketing and commercialization agency. Karen earned her Master of Science from the University of Toronto, studying repeat expansion disorders in Dr. Christopher Pearson’s lab at the Hospital for Sick Children. During her degree, she freelanced as a manuscript consultant with Toronto Bioscience Consulting Group. As a Medical Editor at Klick Health, she currently edits and performs scientific and regulatory compliance consulting for patient- and healthcare professional-focused content.


 Elodie Varin, PhD

Elodie has been a Medical Writer at Six Degrees Medical (SDM) since June 2019.  In this role, she works with an enthusiastic team and uses adult learning principles to develop & review engaging, accurate and compliant scientific & medical content. She is also serving as primary contact with medical affairs and KOLs to propose successful training programs & meetings for major pharmaceutical clients around the world. 

Before joining SDM, Elodie completed her BSc in Life Sciences (major in teaching), her MSc in pharmaceutical and biomedical engineering and her PhD on diabetes, both in France. She then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr Daniel Drucker’s lab in Toronto for almost six years, studying the mechanisms of action of therapeutic options for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. 

Beyond her scientific activities, Elodie has been volunteering as an event service host for Diabetes Canada and marketing and communication director/associate for LSCDS and HerVOLUTION.


Jasmine Chong, MASc

Jasmine is a Medical Writer at Caudex, a McCann Health medical communications agency. She completed her MASc in 2019 at UofT’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Rita Kandel and Dr. Paul Santerre, with a research focus in spinal disc tissue engineering. Shortly after graduating, she gained experience as a Medical Copywriter in the Canadian healthcare space at a small marketing agency, where she worked on a range of digital and print promotional materials for various pharmaceutical brands. In her current role, she works primarily with US-based pharmaceutical clients to produce both medical and commercial materials that are geared towards healthcare professionals. She is particularly passionate about discussing the transition from academia into industry!


 Yuning Wang, PhD

Yuning completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Western University where she studied structures and functions of disease-related proteins using solution NMR. She developed interest in writing and scientific communications during her Ph.D. and made transition from lab to scientific writing after graduation. Now at Rapid Novor, Yuning is responsible for writing grants, blogs, and marketing materials around company’s cutting-edge protein sequencing technology. She enjoys tackling various projects in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team and always finds it fascinating when learning about new science discoveries.


Samia Tasmim, MSc

Samia Tasmim is a Medical Writer at Anderson DDB Health & Lifestyle. She completed her BSc (Human Biology and Physiology) and MSc (Psychiatry and Neurogenetics) at the University of Toronto, engaging in research opportunities at institutions including SickKids and CAMH.


Katherine Halievski, PhD

Katherine Halievski is a Medical Writer at INVIVO – a Red Nucleus Company in Toronto, ON. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) where she used preclinical models to study neuromuscular disease. She then pursued postdoctoral work at SickKids Hospital in Toronto examining sex differences in spinal mechanisms of chronic pain before transitioning into her current role as a medical writer in June 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in various academic and community groups as well as cooking and vegetable gardening. Connect with her on LinkedIn or by email if you’d like to chat further.