far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing
theodore roosevelt (1858âˆ’1919),Â US president
a translator and interpreter by training, i specialized in communicating medical content soon after graduating from university in both vienna, austria, and monterey, california.
why medicine? inspired by my husband, now a medical doctor in private practice, i ventured into this challenging field and have, over the decades, established a strong expertise in mapping even the most complex clinical or regulatory content into easy-to-read textâ€”seamlessly switching between my native german and english.
the text clinic allows me to combine my life-long infatuation with the english language with working in one of the most fascinating subject-matter fields, supporting cutting-edge research organizations in their communication goals.
before foundingÂ the text clinic in 2006, i held various positions as healthcare communicator, most recently as medical writer in the international clinical development department that brought forth the worldâ€™s first biosimilar. a stint into the software industry as technical writer and positions as multilingual translation manager and lead translator have rounded off my IT and documentation expertise. today, i look back on close to 30 years of professional experience and countless documents that have left my desk.
While texts written for regulatory purposes are rarely intended for publication and generally strictly confidential, the opposite is often true of medical communication and translation projects, whose goal it generally is to bring research results into the public domain. Below is a selection of publications I have had the priviledge to work on over the years.
Kainz JT, Berghammer G, Auer-Grumbach P, Lackner V, Perl-Convalexius S, Popa R et al.: Azelaic acid 20 % cream: effects on quality of life and disease severity in adult female acne patients. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2016,14:1249â€“59. link to abstract
Farkas M. 8-year-sustained response in a patient with isolated del(5q) myelodysplastic syndrome undergoing continuous treatment with lenalidomide: a case report. memo â€“ Magazine of European Medical Oncology 2016,9:48â€“51. link to abstract
Stemberger M, Schmit E, Kurnik K, Spannagl M. Motivational effects of top-rope climbing therapy under individualized prophylaxis: a pilot study in young adults with severe haemophilia. Haemophilia 2015,21:504â€“7. link to preview
Conference report on the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Scientific Working Group on Tick-Borne Encephalitis (ISW-TBE). Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE): A Risk Still Underestimated. 2â€“3 February 2012, Vienna, Austria. link to fulltext
Zuber Z, Rutkowska-Sak L, Postepski J et al. Etanercept treatment in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: the Polish registry. Med Sci Monit 2011;17:35â€“42. link to fulltext
Loew-Baselli A, Poellabauer EM, Pavlova BG et al. Seropersistence of tick-borne encephalitis antibodies, safety and booster response to FSME-IMMUN 0.5 ml in adults aged 18-67 years. Hum Vaccin 2009;5:551â€“6. link to abstract
Jilkova E, Vejvalkova P, Stiborova I et al. Serological response to tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) vaccination in the elderly-results from an observational study. Expert Opin Biol Ther 2009,9:797â€“803. link to abstract
Ebner W, Palotai T, Codreanu C et al. [Ankylosing spondylitis in Central and Eastern Europe : Cross-sectional study on treatment modalities, disease activity and quality of life.] Z f Rheumat 2008;67:503â€“10. link to abstract
Romer T, Peter F, Saenger P et al. Efficacy and safety of a new ready-to-use recombinant human growth hormone solution. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation 2007,30:578â€“89. link to abstract
Kainz JT, Berghammer G, Auer-Grumbach P, Lackner V, Perl-Convalexius S, Popa R et al.: Azelainsaure 20 % Creme: Auswirkung auf Lebensqualitat und Krankheitsaktivitat bei erwachsenen Patientinnen mit Acne vulgaris. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2016;14:1249â€“60.
Petricevic L, Kaufmann U, Domig KJ et al. Molecular detection of Lactobacillus species in the neovagina of male-to-female transsexual women. Sci Rep 2014,4:3746.
Egarter C, Grimm C, Nouri K et al. Contraceptive counselling and factors affecting women’s contraceptive choices: results of the CHOICE study in Austria. Reprod Biomed Online 2012,24:692â€“7.
Kiss H, Petricevic L, Martina S, Husslein P. Reducing the rate of preterm birth through a simple antenatal screen-and-treat programme: a retrospective cohort study. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2010,153:38â€“42.
Federal Ministry of Health, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety AGES. Report on Zoonoses and Zoonotic Agents 2008. link to reportâ€¦
Berghammer P, Obwegeser R, Sinzinger H. Nuclear medicine and breast cancer: a review of current strategies and novel therapies). The Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland) 2001,10:184â€“197.
Gruber A. Biotech Funding Trends: Insights from Entrepreneurs and Investors. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim; 2009 (210 pages). ISBN: 978-3-527-62274-0
Jacob LS. Intensivkurs: Pharmakologie. MÃ¼nchen, Wien, Baltimore: Urban & Fischer, 1995 (355Â pages) ISBN: 978-3541128310.
Original: Pharmacology. The National Medical Series for Independent Study. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins, 1991 (366Â pages) ISBN: 978-0683062502.
WRITING ABOUT WRITING
Berghammer G (2021). Medical German. In P. Faure (ed.), Les langues de la mÃ©decine. Analyse comparative interlingue (pp. 57â€“83). Brussels, Belgium: P.I.E. Peter Lang S.A., Ã‰ditions Scientifiques Internationales. link to publisher
Berghammer G. Good clinical practice (GCP): A universal call for ethics in biomedical research. Medical Writing 2014;23:106â€“12. link to fulltext
Berghammer G, Holmqvist A. Pleasing the reader by pleasing the eyeâ€”Part 2. Page layout and readability. Medical Writing 2013;22:37â€“44.
Berghammer G, Holmqvist A. Pleasing the reader by pleasing the eyeâ€”Part 1. The role of format and design in readability. Medical Writing 2012;21:209â€“14.
Berghammer G. Outsourcing translations: The hows and whys of it. The Write Stuff 2011;20:201â€“7. link to fulltext
Langdon-Neuner E, Berghammer G. The Write Stuff: The importance of language for medical writers. panacea 2010;11:132â€“6.
Berghammer G. English as the lingua franca of science: A translators view on what’s lostâ€“and what’s gainedâ€“in translation. The Write Stuff Â 2008;17:2013â€“19. link to fulltext
Berghammer G. Translation and the language(s) of medicine: Keys to producing a successful German-English translation. The Write Stuff 2006;15:40â€“4. link to fulltext