John Connell, University of Dundee
John Connell is Vice Principal and Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Dundee and the Chair of NHS Tayside.
He trained in Medicine at the University of Glasgow (graduating with commendation in 1977) and his early clinical experience was gained in the West of Scotland. He has had a long-standing interest in the regulation of adrenal corticosteroids (Aldosterone and Cortisol) and in the role of these hormones in cardiovascular disease. In particular, his work focuses on the genes that control the late stages of synthesis of aldosterone and cortisol and how variation in these genes might predispose to cardiovascular risk.
Before taking up his present role, John was Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee (2009-2012) and Head of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, as well as Vice Principal for Research (2012-2015). During this period, he led the Medical School through a restructuring programme and a major refurbishment, to sustain its reputation among the very highest Medical Schools in the United Kingdom for the quality of its teaching, reputation of its clinical training and translational clinical science. He initiated the development of an Academic Health Sciences Partnership between the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the NHS in Tayside that is designed to drive innovation in undergraduate and postgraduate education and training; quality improvement in healthcare and translational research. This partnership is now leading a strong portfolio of research, innovation and educational programmes.
John Connell is a Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He sits on the Finance Committee of the Academy of Medical Sciences; is Fellowship Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Chair of the General Medical Council Education and Training Advisory Board; Chair of the Editorial Board of Clinical Endocrinology; Chair of Tenovus Tayside; and is the Vice Chair of the British Heart Foundation Programmes and Chairs Committee.