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Humble Versus Harmful

According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in the last year alone, more than 76 million people from 31 countries needed humanitarian assistance and the number of people displaced by conflict exceeded 51 million. That’s the highest number since World War II! But when you hear the words “humanitarian crisis,” what’s your initial association? Natural disaster? Disease epidemic? War? Does laboratory medicine spring to mind? I would hazard a guess the answer is probably “no.” Imagine, then, the level of awareness among the general public, and even other medical professionals, of the lifesaving role that pathology and lab medicine play during these crises – such contributions certainly don’t make mainstream press. Recent disease outbreaks have been in the headlines for months on end, and though lab medicine has been vital in helping bring both Ebola and Zika epidemics under control, the brave work of the doctors involved has not been recognized. Why? As always, it comes back to (you guessed it) communication – or lack thereof.

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Fedra Pavlou

After graduating with a pharmacology degree, I began my career in scientific publishing and communications. Now with more than 16 years of experience in this field, my career has seen me heading up editorial and writing teams at Datamonitor, Advanstar and KnowledgePoint360 group. My past experiences have taught me something very important – that you have to enjoy working with, and have respect for your colleagues. It’s this that drew me to Texere where I now work with old colleagues and new. Though we are a hugely diverse team, we share several things in common – a real desire to work hard to succeed, to be the best at what we do, never to settle for second best, and to have fun while we do it. I am now honored to serve as Editor of The Pathologist and Editorial Director of Texere Publishing.

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