ISMPP is thrilled to report that 595 attendees gathered at the 18th Annual Meeting of ISMPP, May 9-11, 2022, in Washington, DC – a celebrated attendance for our first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019! We are also honored that 247, over 40%, were first-time attendees to an ISMPP Annual Meeting!

With medical communications and publications evolving in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and further incorporating digital elements among other trends, the 18th Annual Meeting was themed “Future-Ready Medical Communications” with sessions built around a forward-looking mindset centered on practical applications. This article shares highlights and photos from the 18th Annual Meeting.

Attendees, and those who did not attend, have these options to explore the sessions and member research posters at the 18th Annual Meeting:

  • The Publication Plan has posted 18th Annual Meeting reports from Day 1Day 2 morning and Day 2 afternoon, and Day 3 on its website. Thank You Very Much to ISMPP’s Media Partner for the 18th Annual Meeting!
  • Attendees can access Keynote and Plenary Session Recordings and Session Slide Decks approved for posting by presenters, as well as Member Research Posters, on the meeting’s Whova app, until July 31, 2022.
  • ISMPP members can access Session Slide Decks approved for posting by presenters and Member Research Posters in PDF format in the 18th Annual Meeting Archive.
  • 18th Annual Meeting abstracts, as well as 2022 European Meeting abstracts and the editorial “The ‘Coming of Age’ for Medical Publication and Communication Professionals” authored by Rob Matheis and Dan Bridges, are published in a supplement of Current Medical Research and Opinion (CMRO).


“ISMPP has, once again, proven to be a great experience professionally and personally – it’s always wonderful to connect with the usual alumns, but this year was especially exciting given the number of first-time attendees. So gratifying to engage with seasoned and new publications professionals who are all so passionate about what we do.”

Two Keynote Speakers Spotlight Diversity and Creativity

  • Diversity Drives Innovation: Leading for the Future, Now
    • Patricia Hurter, CEO/Board of Trustees Member, Lyndra Therapeutics
  • Flash of Genius – Learning the Art and Science of Creativity
    • Allen Gannett, Author, The Creative Curve; Former Founder/CEO, TrackMaven

New “TED Talks” Format for Plenary & Parallel Sessions

The 18th Annual Meeting introduced a new “TED Talks” format for plenary and parallel sessions that was well-received by the attendees.

Plenary sessions covered a number of timely, practical topics: the movement towards decentralized clinical trials, how to create personalized omnichannel scientific engagement, using slides as visual aids for scientific presentations, guidance on use of social media in medical publications, working with and engaging digital thought leaders, data privacy in a digitally connected world, the impact of plain language summaries (PLS) in a stopwatch format, Good Publication Practice 4 (GPP4), and the ISMPP Authorship Algorithm tool and publication.

Parallel sessions offered smaller, more interactive forums to discuss a variety of current topics of interest with attendees selecting their sessions, including technology/digital advances like artificial intelligence, social listening, and dashboarding and interactive visualization; patient engagement in publications; non-peer-review, HEOR, and RWE publications; amplifying medical communications; use of infographics; and the ISMPP CMPP™ credentialing program.

In honor of our distinguished faculty, ISMPP donated to the International Rescue Committee, helping people affected by humanitarian crises – including the conflict in Ukraine – to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives.

Networking for Learning & Fun!

Networking in-person was long-awaited and very welcome by attendees, both to expand their knowledge in roundtable and workshop settings, and to catch up with friends and meet new colleagues at the meeting receptions and in the halls.

Roundtable sessions addressed a wide variety of current topics at different tables – in some cases expanding on sessions in the meeting program. Pre- and post-meeting workshops educated on such topics as digital engagement in publications, publication planning for real world evidence and patient experience, GPP4 in the real world, and the ever-popular introduction to publication planning and advanced publication planning.

Several networking opportunities were hosted to talk to long-time and new peers, including a Welcome Reception, Reunion Toast and Reception, and Networking Reception. Attendees were wholeheartedly welcomed to the in-person 18th Annual Meeting.


“This was my first ISMPP meeting and I was blown away by how engaging it was. I learned a lot and really found the content easy to digest. The length and content of each session was clearly thought out and there were a lot of interactive elements. Very refreshing indeed!”

Member Research Posters, Oral Presentations, and Award Winners

Showcasing the latest member research, 50 scientific posters were available for viewing through the meeting app and on monitors at the meeting. Select posters were displayed and presented at themed Guided Posters Tours, and two posters were chosen for oral presentations:

  • Promoting Inclusive Language in Biomedical Publishing – presented by Carolyn Farnsworth
  • Climate Change Commitments of Leading Pharmaceutical Companies and Their Implications for the Supply Chain – presented by Amy Booth and Chris Winchester

Congratulations to the winners below of these poster awards: Best Original Research, Best Practice, Best Visual Communication, and Publication Star.

Board of Trustees – Welcome and Thank You!

The 2022-2023 ISMPP Board of Trustees initiated its term during the 18th Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Dan Bridges who assumed the role of ISMPP ChairValérie Philippon transitioned to Immediate Past Chair. The following individuals were elected to their positions:

Monica Mody, Chair-Elect
Nichola Gokool, Treasurer
Jennifer Ghith, At-Large Trustee
Caroline Halford, Nominating Committee

Thank you to Todd Parker, Courtney Leo, and Amy Foreman-Wykert for their service on the ISMPP Board of Trustees!

With Great Appreciation!

A Special Thank You to the Annual Meeting Program Committee for its leadership in developing informative and engaging content for the meeting! We extend Particular Gratitude to Amy Foreman-Wykert, Chair, and Tom Drake, Vice Chair. Much Appreciation to Jennifer Ciafullo, ISMPP Senior Manager, Education Content, and Deidra Renahan, ISMPP Manager, Conferences and Events, for their management of the meeting, and to the entire ISMPP staff for their efforts and contributions.

We are Very Grateful to our Exhibitors for their valued support of the 18th Annual Meeting! We express Appreciation to our Generous Session Sponsors. The PLS Impact Stopwatch Session was sponsored by Taylor & Francis Group. The Keynote Address by Allen Gannett, Flash of Genius – Learning the Art and Science of Creativity, was sponsored by Medscape Medical Affairs.

A Sincere Thank You to our Champion Sponsors that registered 10 or more staff members from their company to attend the 18th Annual Meeting.

Our Appreciation to The Publication Plan, our media partner for the 18th Annual Meeting.

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming ISMPP Meetings!

  • ISMPP West – September 26-27, 2022; Irvine, California
  • 2023 European Meeting of ISMPP January 24-25, 2023; London, UK
  • 19th Annual Meeting of ISMPP – April 24-26, 2023; Washington, DC

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