Dr Paul Connelly
- Honorary Clinical Lecturer (Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences)
I studied medicine at the University of Dundee (MBChB) with an intercalated BMSc(hons) in pharmacology. I graduated in 2012 and commenced Academic Training Foundation training in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and then Glasgow Academic Training Environment Core Medical Training in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. I obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2015 and commenced speciality training in Endocrinology and Diabetes, and General Internal Medicine in 2016 in the West of Scotland. I am currently undertaking a PhD funded by the British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence.
Sex steroids and vascular health
The effect of sex steroids upon vascular function and physiology is a topic of great interest. A deeper understanding of the alterations in vascular pathology and outcomes in transgender people receiving gender-affirming hormone therapy could be fundamental in informing the management of cardiovascular risk in this population and more broadly advance our understanding of the role of sex and gender in vascular health and disease.
We will undertake a series of studies to carefully assess vascular phenotypes, structure and function in people utilising gender-affirming hormone therapy, which will help us understand how sex hormones influence vascular health and impact risk of cardiovascular disease.