Editor & Writer Bios

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The following is a list of the Editors and Writers the Center works with for pre-award work. Some Editors and Writers may also be available for manuscript editing and review. Please contact Jennifer Rumbach at 919-843-7676 to learn more.

 

Leslie A. Bunce, M.D.

Leslie A. Bunce, MD,  who earned National Board Certification in both Internal Medicine and Hematology, first cared for patients as an academic clinical and research physician-scientist and then later worked  in drug development, drug safety surveillance, and clinical research, in such roles as IRB physician member, clinical research consultant, and medical officer for a number of clinical trials. In the past decade and more, Dr. Bunce has provided writing, editing, data review & analysis, and project management to translational/clinical researchers for NIH grants ranging from individual RO-1s to large, multi-author, interdisciplinary, inter-institutional translational/clinical research/training grants such as U54 program projects and the CTSA. Among her contributions to UNC she launched the grant and manuscript academic editing service at the UNC School of Public Health in 2006 as the inaugural editor for the SPH Office of Research; served as the Senior Project Director of the 2006-2007 UNC CTSA application and has provided individual grant, manuscript, book chapter, or newsletter writing or editorial assistance to UNC faculty members in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Division of Allied Health, School of Medicine, Carolina Population Center, and School of Public Health. She has co-authored a book chapter on the design of Phase 1 trials.  Dr. Bunce will provide all range of editing (basic to substantive medical and scientific review) with an eye on detail, with a full understanding of the clinical research process, and with a desire to make the primary science shine in clear, concise, and compelling English.  She is comfortable in editing all areas of medical science.  A further detailed listing of Dr. Bunce’s credentials is available to those seeking her editing services through the Center of Women’s Health Research.

Interested in work involving levels: All

 

Karamarie Fecho, Ph.D.

Karamarie Fecho has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH, 1995) and a broad scientific and medical background. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rheumatology & Immunology at UNC-CH (1997), a Clinical Research Scholars fellowship in the School of Medicine at UNC-CH (2006), and a certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the School of Public Health at UNC-CH (2009). The Core Public Health Concepts certificate program included graduate coursework in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Administration, Health Behavior & Health Education, and Environmental Health. Dr. Fecho also completed an Essential Skills certificate from the American Medical Writers Association (2010), of which she is a member, and she is pursuing an advanced certificate in Composition and Publication.

Before pursuing a career in medical and scientific writing, Dr. Fecho spent greater than six years as a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at UNC-CH, where her job duties entailed providing medical writing support to resident physicians and clinical faculty members. Her specific job duties included: analyzing research projects and clinical cases; conducting literature searches; providing statistical support; preparing graphs and tables; designing and developing posters and slide presentations; and preparing manuscripts for journal submission. In addition, Dr. Fecho conducted independent research on patient safety and perioperative adverse outcomes, with a focus on postoperative pain management and opioids; in that capacity, she prepared numerous grant proposals for submission to the NIH, pharmaceutical industry, and private foundations.

Dr. Fecho lists the following as her areas of expertise: TraCS; all areas of NIH grant submissions; the submission process at NIH; all areas of investigator-initiated grant submissions for private industry/foundations; all aspects of Clinical Trials; Case Reports; plain language writing; project and document management; manuscript review and editing

Disciplines: Anesthesiology; Behavioral Medicine; Biomedical and Health Informatics; Neurobiology; Pain Management; Pharmacology

Interested in work involving levels: Levels 1–5; Level 6 if topic is an area of considerable strength

 

Carol Lorenz, PT, Ph.D.

Carol Lorenz, PT, Ph.D has eight years of experience in grant and federal contract writing, reviewing, and editing within the UNC system.  She has worked with multiple PIs, primarily from ObGyn, but also from other departments in the School of Medicine, PIs outside the school of medicine, and PIs outside UNC.  During her eight years as Associate Director of CWHR, Dr. Lorenz edited, wrote, or co-wrote approximately 60 proposals.  Many were for the NIH, but there have been grant and contract proposals for other federal agencies as well as state contracts, and private foundations.  She has a PhD in Community Psychology, is a retired physical therapist, athletic trainer, and paramedic.  Dr. Lorenz holds an Essential Skills Certificate from the American Medical Writer’s Association, and is currently pursuing the advanced certificate in Composition and Publication.

Dr. Lorenz lists the following as her areas of expertise: TraCS, all areas of NIH grant submissions, the submission process at NIH and UNC, all aspects of Clinical Trials, plain language, state contracts (particularly DHHS), UNC IRB and OHRE, generalist in all health areas with no specialty in any one; project and document management; am intimately familiar with large grants such as P, U, and T types as well as federal contract RFPs that involve business and technical proposals; manuscript review and editing

Interested in work involving levels: All

 

Ashley Rivenbark, Ph.D.

Ashley Rivenbark has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH, 2007) and a broad scientific and translational background. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biochemistry and Pharmacology at UNC-CH (2011). Before pursuing a career in medical and scientific writing, Dr. Rivenbark spent a little over a year as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC-CH, where her job duties entailed grant writing/editing, manuscript writing/review/editing, and presentation preparation. Her specific job duties included: analyzing research projects; conducting literature searches; preparing graphs and tables; designing and developing posters and slide presentations; preparing manuscripts for journal submission; and preparing grant submissions to federal and private agencies. In addition, Dr. Rivenbark conducted independent research on epigenetic gene regulation with a focus in breast cancer, and in that capacity, she prepared numerous grant proposals for submission to the NIH, DOD, Lineberger Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, and private foundations. She has authored or co-authored >25 research publications. In addition, Dr. Rivenbark has been a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals.

Dr. Rivenbark lists the following as her areas of expertise: TRaCS; all areas of NIH and DOD grant submissions; the submission process at NIH, DOD and UNC; all areas of investigator-initiated grant submissions for private industry/foundations; plain language writing; project and document management; presentation preparation; manuscript review and editing

Discipline expertise: Epigenetics; Cancer research; Pathology; Translational medicine; Molecular biology; Genetics; Toxicology; Biochemistry; Pharmacology

Interested in work involving levels: All

 

Debra Taxman, Ph.D.

Debra Taxman, Ph.D. is a former UNC faculty member with >20 years of experience performing collaborative research, primarily in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lineberger Cancer Center.  She has written or co-written numerous grants and has contributed to >30 research publications (including 11 primary author manuscripts, 2 review articles and 2 book chapters). She has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH/NIAID and a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals. Dr. Taxman edited a book on “siRNA Design” for Methods in Molecular Biology in 2012 and currently works as a freelance medical writer and editor/reviewer performing all levels of document preparation as detailed below.  Her scientific expertise encompasses a range of health-related areas including inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, and periodontal disease. Dr. Taxman is a member of the UNC Biomedical IRB, the North Carolina Regulatory Affairs Forum (NCRAF) and the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

Dr. Taxman lists the following as her areas of expertise: TraCS, all areas of NIH grant submissions, the submission process at NIH and UNC, all aspects of Clinical Trials, plain language, state contracts (particularly DHHS), UNC IRB and OHRE, generalist in all health areas with no specialty in any one; project and document management; intimately familiar with large grants such as P, U, and T types as well as federal contract RFPs that involve business and technical proposals; manuscript review and editing

Interested in work involving levels: All for grants and regulatory documents