Professor Helen Whelton is Head of the College of Medicine and Health in University College Cork from October 2017. Prior to this she was Dean of the School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, UK. She was Professor of Dental Public Health and Preventive Dentistry in the University of Leeds and held Honorary Consultant appointments with the NHS and Public Health England. She is PI of a large EU H 2020 grant to explore the use of Big Data in dentistry, involving eight national and private insurers in six EU countries.
Helen maintained her links with Cork during her time in Leeds as an Adjunct Professor at UCC where she directs a national oral health research programme funded by the national funding agency for health research the Health Research Board..
Her research has been recognised by a number of international research awards including the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award (2011), the IADR Oral Health Research Group Award (2010) and the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) Zsolnay Prize (2009). She is a member of the editorial boards of the British Dental Journal and BDJ Open.
Previously, in UCC she was Vice Head of the College, Dean of the Graduate School in the College of Medicine and Health, Professor of Dental Public Health and Director of the Oral Health Services Research Centre which is a WHO Collaborating Centre. Outside of dentistry Helen has served on the board of the Irish Health Research Board, the National Obesity Task Force and the Irish Women’s Health Council. She is a recent past President of the International Association for Dental Research, which is the largest global dental research organisation and based in Washington DC.