Chrissie Giles studied biochemistry at the University of Leeds. Concluding that clumsiness and practical science do not mix, she completed a Master’s in science communication in 2003 and has been working as a writer and editor ever since. Her editorial career began in a medical communications agency and, via a brief stint in the heady world of motor caravan journalism, she now writes and edits stories on biology and medicine for the Wellcome Trust, and is Editor of Mosaic.
For Mosaic, she has written ‘Breaking bad news’, which looks at the practical, emotional and professional challenges doctors face when telling patients that they are seriously ill. In ‘How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century’, Chrissie trawls her teenage diaries and speaks to alcohol experts to try and understand why she was part of the UK generation that reached ‘Peak Booze’.
Work published elsewhere
Stories from the day hospice
Throughout the summer of 2012, Chrissie Giles ran a creative writing group at the day hospice at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. In this publication she reflects on her experiences there and showcases some of the writing by group members.
A burst from the blue – is bulimia nervosa really a modern disease?
Meet the two researchers who were instrumental in establishing bulimia nervosa as an eating disorder and discover their thoughts on the history of the condition.
The man who can taste sounds
Every time James Wannerton hears or reads a word, he can taste it in his mouth. What is it like living with this extremely rare form of synaesthesia? James discusses difficult menu choices, having to abandon French lessons and the importance of great-tasting friends.
Making a campaign out of a crisis
The Act FAST campaign, designed to boost awareness of stroke as a medical emergency, has generated some provocative imagery, not least the ‘burning brain’ seen in a series of adverts. Find out more about this campaign and others to educate people on how to recognise and respond to stroke.