Kate Bass

Kate Bass

Feature Writer

B.Sc.

Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Kate always had a flair for writing, and as a child, commonly entertained herself by writing books or TV shows.

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While at middle school, Kate’s passion for science was uncovered by a teacher who she still remembers to this day. Kate was fascinated by the many complicated processes of the human body, and how it is possible to measure the effects of numerous factors, such as exercise, light, and eating and drinking, on the functions of the body. There was no going back; she was hooked.

During biology A level classes, many of Kate’s questions elicited the same response "You will have to do a biochemistry degree to find that out". She was keen to learn all the details, so that is exactly what she did.

Despite being engrossed in her new-found passion for research, Kate did not forget her  love of words and combined the two.

Aged 17 years, she was runner up in the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer Award for an article she wrote, detailing novel treatment strategies for Parkinson's disease, a condition from which her great uncle was suffering at the time.

She was rewarded with a subscription to the magazine New Scientist, which she continued to self-fund thereafter.

On graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry, Kate started to take more of an interest in the job section of the New Scientist. One day, she noticed an advertisement for a medical writer. With the confidence of youth, she ignored the stipulation for 2 years of experience and applied straight away.

To her delight, and surprise, Kate was the candidate selected for the job and quickly moved to the other side of the country, knowing no-one, to take up her position as medical writer for a global pharmaceutical company.

Kate has been a medical writer ever since. During that time, she has gained experience in writing a wide variety of scientific material for range of audiences, including manuscripts, scientific abstracts/posters, white papers, newsletters, news articles, clinical trial reports, website content, and e-learning modules. She has also travelled a lot to Europe and the Far East, organising symposia at medical congresses and standalone meetings.

Kate’s passion for new biomedical discoveries remains, and her work with News Medical provides a unique but great way of keeping up with the latest research across many different areas of science and medicine.

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Articles from Kate

Tens of thousands of premature deaths could be prevented each year

Tens of thousands of premature deaths could be prevented each year

FDA proposes rule to include e-cigarettes under its tobacco authority

FDA proposes rule to include e-cigarettes under its tobacco authority

Delayed umbilical cord clamping is effective even when newborn is placed on mother's abdomen

Delayed umbilical cord clamping is effective even when newborn is placed on mother's abdomen

Tissue reconstruction using autologous engineered implants has been successfully achieved in humans

Tissue reconstruction using autologous engineered implants has been successfully achieved in humans

Treatment for opioid overdose now available for use by non-medical personnel

Treatment for opioid overdose now available for use by non-medical personnel

Ketamine offers novel treatment for patients with severe depression

Ketamine offers novel treatment for patients with severe depression

Review examining effects of public smoking ban finds large drops in pre-term births and child hospital visits for asthma

Review examining effects of public smoking ban finds large drops in pre-term births and child hospital visits for asthma

New tool pinpoints genetic sources of disease

New tool pinpoints genetic sources of disease

Incidence of colon cancer in the US is decreasing with increased use of colonoscopy

Incidence of colon cancer in the US is decreasing with increased use of colonoscopy

Warmer temperatures allow malaria to spread to higher elevations

Warmer temperatures allow malaria to spread to higher elevations