My Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. combined with my experience as an NIH bench scientist and staff writer inform all the work that I do with grantees and institutions.

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In 1995, Margaret (Meg) Bouvier received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Meg’s dissertation work was published as a two-author paper in the Journal of Neuroscience (pdf). She went on to pursue post-doctoral research at NINDS.

In 1997, Meg became a writer in the Press, Policy, and Communications office of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), writing primarily for the Human Genome Project (HGP). She was privileged to work for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, then Director of the HGP and NHGRI. Among her duties, Meg:

  • Contributed to Senate Appropriations Testimony and Budget Justifications to Congress, which greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting
  • Wrote press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, PSAs, and policy articles
  • Helped Dr. Collins with lecture preparation and fact checking, and assisted on his Shattuck Lecture for the New England Journal of Medicine.

After leaving NIH, Meg launched a freelance medical writing career. She founded Meg Bouvier Medical Writing LLC in 2007. Meg has helped clients land over $400 million in federal funding. She currently supports:

  • 2 of the top 3 ranked hospitals in the country*
  • 4 of the top 6 ranked cancer hospitals*
  • 3 of the top 6 medical schools for research*
  • an NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
  • A Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
  • 6 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers

* US News and World Report, 2020-2021

In 2015, Meg began offering virtual courses. We have helped over 1,000 grantees and administrators with our virtual courses. When asked “Have the courses improved your overall grantsmanship skills?” 88% of library member respondents chose 6 (”Indeed!”) or 5 on a 6-point Likert Scale. (N=143)

Fun Facts About Me

  • Trained extensively as a dancer
  • Studied piano for 14 years and french horn for 8 years
  • Am left-handed and proficient at reading and writing backward
  • Grew up in and around NYC, happily living there for almost 30 years
  • Speak French well enough that Parisians are nice to me
  • Am a voracious reader — you can connect with me on Goodreads
  • Love to travel, walk all over a city, go to museums, sample local food
  • Was captain of my high school field hockey team
  • Am a neat freak
  • Have a commercial strain of dahlia named after me, called “Meggie”