Dr Helen Genevier is a freelance French to English biomedical translator who came to translation from a science background. She obtained a BA Honours in Zoology from the University of Oxford, then moved to Paris for two years to learn French. Returning to the UK, she spent 11 years in various hospital and research labs: a haematology and blood transfusion lab of a London general hospital, the clinical immunology lab of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, and finally the immunology department of the Institute of Child Health, doing research on primary immunodeficiencies. During this time, she obtained an MSc in Applied Immunology and a PhD from University College London. Helen started a new career in medical translation in 2002 after moving back to France in 1997. She’s a member of the SFT, the ITI Medical and Pharmaceutical Network, MET and EMWA and a regular translator for the French medical journal Prescrire.