Liam Davenport

Medical Journalist and Writer
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Europe-based medical journalist and writer, providing medical news and conference reporting, as well as onscreen interviews, newspaper editing and manuscript writing.
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Journalism

I started writing medical news in 2001, writing a daily general medical service alongside daily psychiatry and gastrointestinal stories. I went freelance in 2005 and, since then, have written in a number of fields, including cardiology, oncology, psychiatry, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and respiratory medicine, among others. I am a member of the National Union of Journalists.

In recent years, I have been working with Medscape Medical News, recently ranked as the number one news source for US physicians (per DRG Digital and ZocDoc), and a leading online resource for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide. To read news stories and features I have written for Medscape, go here. Below are some stories I have written in each of my principle specialties.
Cardiology
To read more of my cardiology stories, go here.
Oncology
To read more of my oncology stories, go here.
Psychiatry
To read more of my psychiatry stories, go here.
Diabetes & Endocrinology
To read more of my diabetes & endocrinology stories, go here.

Conference Reporting

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In tandem with my journalism (see above), I have written conferences news and reports from dozens of medical congresses and meetings for numerous clients. These have ranged from small forums with no press facilities to multinational events with more than 30,000 attendees.

Moreover, I have covered these meetings either entirely on my own, picking out the stories and arranging all aspects of attendance, or as part of team of journalists, providing whatever stories are required to complement the overall coverage.

Below are a selection of some of the recent conferences I have covered for Medscape Medical News, filing typically between five and 10 stories from each.

Newspaper Editing

Combining a previous role as a senior project manager with my skills as a journalist and conference reporter, I have worked on a number of daily newspapers produced especially for medical conferences.

My role has ranged from interviewing members of the scientific committee and leading researchers as part of a team of journalists to being the managing editor, coordinating all aspects of the content, alongside liaising and working with the production team. This has included managing and mentoring other journalists, editing all copy and writing a significant proportion of the articles, as well as coordinating the receipt of advertising materials, deciding on the pagination, and working with designers on the layout.

Moreover, the type of newspapers produced has included those based entirely on telephone interviews and printed weeks before the event, as well as ‘live’ publications in which up to half of the content is written during the conference and the newspaper is finalised and printed overnight for delivery the next morning.

Below are a selection of some of the conference newspapers I have worked on in recent years.
  • Heart Failure 2016
    A daily newspaper produced by Biermann Verlag GmbH for the European Society of Cardiology, on behalf of the Heart Failure Association.

    Working closely with an editor, I wrote all the articles for each of the four issues.
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  • Heart Failure 2015
    A daily newspaper produced for the European Society of Cardiology on behalf of the Heart Failure Association.

    Working directly with the ESC, I wrote half of the articles produced for the four issues.
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  • LINC 2013
    A daily newspaper produced for the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), with exhibitor advertising.

    I was managing editor and contributed articles, including ‘live’ pieces from the meeting.
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  • ISICEM 2013
    A daily newspaper produced for the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM), with exhibitor advertising.

    I was managing editor and contributed articles, including ‘live’ pieces from the meeting.
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Onscreen Interviews

Extending my work as a medical journalist and conference reporter, I have worked on numerous dedicated TV studios at conferences and symposia.

This has included onscreen interviews of leading experts and members of the scientific committee, as well as off-screen Q&A interviews for editing into a monologue. In addition, I have coached doctors and researchers in conducting their own interviews, helping them both to workshop both content and to school them in the best way to present themselves on camera. All of these roles has required close teamwork with camera operators, sound engineers, director and video editors.

Below are a selection of some of the projects I have worked on in recent years.
  • HFA News
    This project involved conducting numerous Q&A-style interviews at Heart Failure 2017 in Paris, France, for editing into a single monologue.

    Working with a cameraman/editor, we interviewed, edited and uploaded each video on the same day.

    To see all twenty of the interviews, go here.
  • ESC TV 2014
    For the 2014 European Society of Cardiology Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, I was the medical journalist assigned to a fully fledged TV studio, complete with camera operators, a sound engineer, director and video editor.

    In the majority of cases, I coached the interviewers and interviewees on the content of their discussion, filling in as interviewer when required.

    To see a selection of videos from the conference, go here.
  • ESC TV 2013
    For the 2013 European Society of Cardiology Meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I was the medical journalist assigned to a fully fledged TV studio, complete with camera operators, a sound engineer, director and video editor.

    In the majority of cases, I coached the interviewers and interviewees on the content of their discussion, filling in as interviewer when required.

    To see a selection of videos from the conference, go here.
  • Other projects
    I have also worked on TV studios and conducted interviews at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) in Leipzig, Germany, as well as at the 2012 European Society of Cardiology Meeting in Munich, Germany.

    Other related projects have included providing voiceovers fro a series of orthopaedic surgery videos.

Manuscript Writing

Over the years, I have written many academic papers for journals, alongside chapters and even entire books, on specialised medical topics.

Principally, I worked with AMR Advanced Medical Research GmbH, a contract research organisation and medical writing agency based in Männedorf, Switzerland. For several years, I wrote and edited original research manuscripts in orthopaedics for submission to leading medical and scientific journals.

Below are a selection of some of the journal manuscripts I worked on, along with their PubMed links.
  • Renner C, Corella F, Fischer N. Biomechanical evaluation of 4-strand flexor tendon repair techniques, including a combined Kessler-Tsuge approach. J Hand Surg Am 2015; 40: 229–235.
    doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.10.055

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  • Reina N, Fennema P, Hourlier H. The impact of mild peri-operative hypothermia on the effectiveness of tranexamic acid in total hip arthroplasty. Int Orthop 2017; 41: 55–60.
    doi: 10.1007/s00264-016-3170-y

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  • Peersman G, Stuyts B, Vandenlangenbergh T et al. Fixed- versus mobile-bearing UKA: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 2015; 23: 3296–3305.
    doi: 10.1007/s00167-014-3131-1

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  • Decramer M, Miravitlles M, Price D et al. New horizons in early stage COPD--improving knowledge, detection and treatment. Respir Med 2011; 105: 1576–1587.
    doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2010.12.015

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