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I am a freelance science writer who specializes in biomedical research, the environment, and health.  I have more than 30 years experience writing for a wide range of publications, including:

  • Popular newspapers and magazines such as Discover and The Washington Post
  • Trade journals such as Endocrine News and The Journal of the National Cancer Institute
  • Websites such as breastcancer.org, and MedPage Today 
  • Organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences.
I write everything from press releases, articles, and conference summaries, to Web pages, books, newsletters, and reports.  With my strong training in the sciences, I’m comfortable delving into fascinating cutting edge developments in molecular biology, as well as understand the statistical and regulatory complexities tied to reporting breaking news in the clinical research arena.
I pride myself on my:

  • Ability to translate complicated scientific concepts into easy-to-read and engaging prose, while maintaining scientific accuracy
  • Training in the sciences and statistics that makes me skeptical about findings and prompts me to ask the right questions
  •  Direct and concise style
  • Creative approaches to telling stories and organizing information 
  • Excellent track record in meeting deadlines
  • Excitement about biomedical and environmental research and the need to convey that excitement to others!

I am a member of both the National Association of Science Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.  Please explore to find out more…

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Margie Patlak, Science Writer
Margie Patlak