Helen Whelton BDS (NUI), PhD (NUI), MDPH (NUI), FFPHM (UK), FFD (RCSI) DTLHE (NUI)
Professor Helen Whelton is Dean of the School of Dentistry and Professor and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health and Preventive Dentistry in University of Leeds. She leads the Internationalisation agenda of the Faculty of Medicine and Health and has held a number of leadership positions in research organisations including the International Association for Dental Research of which she is a recent past president.
Helen is PI of an EU H2020 funded project entitled ADVOCATE – Value Added Oral Care. ADVOCATE is a collaboration between universities in Amsterdam, Budapest, Copenhagen, Cork, Heidelberg, Leeds and health insurance agencies in England, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, Scotland, and biomedical informatics company Aridhia. She has previously coordinated two EU projects under earlier programmes.
Helen has expertise in National Surveys, epidemiology, measurement methods, Health Services Research and clinical trials, she has published extensively and her research has been recognised through a number of international awards. She consults widely on the measurement of dental fluorosis and dental caries and has trained teams of researchers in many countries in this respect. She currently directs a national research programme to evaluate water fluoridation in Ireland. 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. In her spare time she enjoys occasional sailing with her family off the beautiful south coast of Ireland.