Dr Gillian L. Condé PhD, FHEA, FIBMS

Dr Gillian L. Condé

Birmingham Medical School
Programme Director, Physician Associate Studies
Head of Education, Birmingham Medical School.

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Gillian Condé is the Programme Director for Physician Associate Studies. She leads and manages the team of academics developing and delivering the programmes. She also has a role within the Medical School as Head of Education.


  • Leadership Foundation Aurora Mentor
  • FHEA, 2015
  • FIBMS, 2014
  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 1995
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Liverpool, 1990


Gillian Condé studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and became increasingly interested in the function of the endocrine system. She then moved to the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in the Neuroendocrinology of reproduction.

Gill moved to work as a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Bristol, working on cytokine expression in the brain. Following this, she relocated to Germany, as a Visiting Fellow, to work with Dr Osborne Almeida at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry, in Munich, Germany, where she looked at hippocampal apoptosis, and remodelling. Following relocation back to the UK, she started a career in Higher Education, as a Physiology Lecturer, with a particular interest in the endocrine system and the nervous system.

Following a period of time as an Enabling Tutor, working with students who are differently abled or who have additional educational requirements, across a large Faculty, she was promoted to Head of Biomedical Science. Her expertise in management, physiology, teaching and learning, led her into Physician Associate education, and she moved to the University of Birmingham in 2020 to take up the role of Programme Lead. She holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and is a Fellow of the Institute for Biomedical Science. 

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Postgraduate supervision

Key research themes and doctoral supervision themes include:

  • Physician Associate: clinical audit & service improvement
  • Equality & diversity in PA education
  • The HPA axis
  • The HPG axis


Research interests:

The neuroendocrine brain, hippocampal remodelling, the stress response.


Levelling the playing field for access and outcomes for students entering postgraduate programmes from across the socio-economic divide.


Almeida O.F.X, Condé G.L. (2014), Estrogens, mood and cognition. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan Reference Ltd.

Shakil T, Richardson M.K., Waldron E, Condé G, Wood S, Bland Y, Reynolds G, Murray PG, Nelson PN. (2001) Generation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies to the neural crest. Hybridoma, 20: 199-203

Almeida O.F.X, Condé G., Crochemore C, Demeneix B.A., Fischer D, Hassan AHS, Holsboer F & Michaelidis TM. (2000) Subtle shifts in the ratio between pro- and anti-apoptotic molecules following activation of corticosteroid receptors decides neuronal fate FASEB J, 14: 779-790.

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