Laura Donald

Research title: Chronic heart disease in Anglophone writing (post-1980)

Research Summary

My research examines the possible reasons for and consequences of the apparent occlusion of narratives of chronic heart disease – a group of conditions affecting an estimated 7 million people in the UK alone (BHF, 2018) but rarely represented in personal or fictional narratives.   

By examining those narratives of chronic heart disease that do exist, and by working with service users, my aim is to facilitate the creation and communication of new narratives, to raise awareness of chronic heart disease and ultimately to improve the patient experience.



  • Wellcome Trust, 2019-2022, fees, stipend and research expenses, Doctoral Studentship in Medical Humanities
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2005-2006, fees and stipend, MLitt in Publishing Studies at University of Stirling