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In science, clarity of expression is vital.

I am a writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience in medical and scientific research, including work in industry and in contract research organisations (CROs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), patient associations and advocacy groups, and medical/scientific publications.

I have a proven ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams to produce high-quality documents that meet - or surpass - client expectations, as well as a reputation for clear communication with my clients and colleagues. I am committed to the highest scientific and ethical standards.

English is my mother tongue, and I have a keen appreciation of precision, nuance, and clarity.

“Annette is my absolute standard of reference.”

“She is the best writer I've ever worked with.”

“Annette Dubois is what a medical writer should be.”

Although my focus is medical writing, I learn new material quickly and I am comfortable writing about most topics.

Let me bring my expertise to your projects!


My main services are listed here, but please feel free to contact me if you don't see your specific needs listed.
I prepare documents in English only.


  • Full development of documents, including revisions
  • Drafting of initial documents to be completed by others
  • Reworking of existing documents

Editing and reviewing

  • Substantive editing and content critique
  • Editing for non-native English speakers
  • Copy-editing and proofreading


  • Editorial support for authors
  • Evaluating appropriateness for particular audiences

Graphics and layout

  • Slide presentations and posters
  • Page layout and formatting
  • Preparation of charts and graphs
  • Template development


  • French to English (Note that I am not accredited as a translator.)

Document Types

I have experience with document types including

  • Publications: manuscripts, abstracts, and posters
  • Clinical research documents: study protocols, subject consent forms, statistical analysis plans (review only), investigator's brochures (IBs), and manuals of operations
  • Regulatory documents: clinical study reports, investigational medicinal product dossiers (IMPDs), common technical document (CTD) modules 2.5 and 2.7 (clinical summaries and overviews), integrated summaries of safety and efficacy, briefing books, and responses to health authority questions
  • Patient narratives
  • Documents for patients and the general public: patient education materials, newsletters, and articles for the media
  • Academic theses and dissertations (editorial support only)
  • Funding applications for research
  • Website content

This list is not exhaustive: please ask me about other types of documents. I welcome new challenges!

I am fully conversant with Good Clinical Practice and other guidance for research ethics, as well as International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) document guidelines and guidance for medical publications.


My medical writing experience includes most major therapeutic areas, including autoimmune and inflammatory disease, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology and obstetrics, infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis), neonatology, neurology, oncology, parasitology (including schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, and leishmaniasis), respiratory medicine, and rheumatology.

In addition to clinical research, I have written about public health, international development, sociology, cultural studies, physical and environmental science, renewable energy technologies, and computer science.

I enjoy opportunities to learn about new fields, and I learn new material quickly.


The cost of your project will depend on the type and amount of work involved, the complexity of the project, and your specific requirements.

My fees may be calculated in one of the following ways:

  • Rate per hour for writing, editing, or translation of individual documents: I will provide an initial estimate based on the best information available concerning the project, including an explanation of the assumptions used. I will inform you promptly if these assumptions change.
  • A negotiated price for the entire project

I am also open to longer-term consulting agreements spanning multiple projects.

I offer reduced rates for non-profits, academic researchers, and others with limited budgets.

I will do my utmost to complete your project within the agreed budget and timelines, and I will inform you promptly of any difficulties that arise.


Please contact me to find out what I can bring to your project or organisation. I will handle all of your documents and correspondence in strict confidentiality.

Luminaria Science WritingAnnette Dubois
63 boulevard Carl-Vogt1205 Geneva Switzerland
+41 (0)79 960 66 67

I am a member of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA).
I am a member of APRÈS-GE (Chambre de l'économie sociale et solidaire) and subscribe to its charter.