Ellen Kapusniak
Japanese - English (native)

I am a British national with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Japanese Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland (1996) where I studied at the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies. I also attended the prestigious Chuo University in Tokyo, where I lived and studied for some time under the sponsorship of the Japan Society of Scotland. I then went on to teach, translate and interpret Japanese for a wide range of clients throughout the UK, including at the University of Edinburgh's Fujisawa Institute of Neuroscience, Scotland. I have been working as a full-time freelance translator since 2002 and regularly translate for various firms, organizations and agencies worldwide, having developed particular expertise in the scientific, medical and technical fields. My portfolio is extensive and includes the translation of scientific and technical patents, clinical research/trial documentation, applications for new pharmaceuticals, market research/development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, articles from various Japanese academic journals in the fields of medicine, chemistry, biochemistry and biology, and clinical case reports covering various diseases and conditions, drug treatments, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, radiography/imaging, and surgical procedures. Notable experience includes Japanese to English translator for the World Cancer Research Fund Expert Report Project and several years translating adverse drug reactions case reports for Wolters Kluwer Health.

Selected Fields
Medical and Pharmaceutical
Scientific and Technical
Patent and Utility Model
General translation work

Academic Qualifications
1996: BA (hons) Japanese, Stirling University, Scotland
1992: SCE Higher Grade - French, German, English, Music,
1991: SCE O Grade - Chemistry
1991: SCE Standard Grade - Mathematics, French, English

Work Experience
2002 - present: Freelance translator of Japanese to English
Translation of documents in the fields detailed above plus general translation from Japanese to English.
Coordination and project management of English to Japanese translation projects.
2000-2002: Freelance tutor and translator of Japanese
For various clients including West Lothian Council, Scotland and the Fujisawa Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
2000 - Japanese speaking technical support representative
For Sky Television, Livingston, Scotland: telephone support resolving technical issues for the installation and operation of satellite television systems and television system electronics.
1996 - 2000: Freelance Japanese Tutor and Interpreter
Teaching Japanese to private students and groups, interpreting Japanese for the Church of Scotland.
1995: English as a Foreign Language Tutor
Teaching English to senior citizens and private students in Tama city, Tokyo.

Co-translation from French to English of "La Demeure Mystérieuse" by Maurice LeBlanc.
Knitting pattern designer and author of "The Delusional World of Knitti Politi".
I am an active musician (piano and clarinet) I hold a grade V Theory of Music certification from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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