Global BioMedia is a UK-based service run by Julie N Reza that specialises in communications relating to biosciences, health and international development. It provides writing, editing, project management and consultancy services around the world from its Kent base.
Julie has worked in science and health communications for over 18 years. Trading as Global BioMedia, she has worked on an independent/freelance basis for a number of international and national organisations in the UK and abroad. Julie has led or helped develop projects for The Global Fund, the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI), the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH), Development Media International (DMI) and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), as well as for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters and its Eastern Mediterranean office (EMRO).
Originally a research scientist, Julie went on to specialise in communications after joining the Wellcome Trust, UK, where she led educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She later became the senior science editor at TDR – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases – based at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. She has a PhD in immunology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now part of Imperial College School of Medicine) and a specialist degree in science communication; during the latter her area of interest was online health information. She also has several years’ research and postgraduate teaching experience and was a course co-organiser for a number of postgraduate courses and for sixth-form summer schools. Currently, Julie is on the Steering Group and Social Media Working Group for the global healthcare campaign Healthcare Information for All.
Julie has a long-standing interest in science, healthcare and the developing world, particularly in capacity building in research and healthcare. She is also interested in medical imagery and design, and the use of visuals to convey healthcare messages. She takes pride in making complex content understandable. Her passion is for biomedical sciences and anything that improves health or that helps the underprivileged. She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations.
During her career, Julie has worked closely with academics, researchers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals. She is also experienced in managing multimedia projects – from early project scoping and development, to briefing and managing freelance writers, graphic artists/animators, photographers, designers and multimedia developers. In addition, she has experience of working with photolibraries and acquiring assets (such as images) for projects. On occasion, she works in collaboration with web and film specialists Manta Ray Media and other communications and management consultants.