John Chalmers AC FAA has an outstanding record in hypertension research, both fundamental and clinical. His groundbreaking research on the role of the brain in the development of hypertension led to his election to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and helped establish Flinders University as a leading international centre in hypertension and neuroscience research.
His studies on the treatment of high blood pressure for the prevention of heart attack and stroke has changed the way patients are treated throughout the world. His work has been recognised through many awards including the Wellcome Medal, the RT Hall Prize of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Volhard Medal of the International Society of Hypertension.
Professor Chalmers' contribution to medical science has been acknowledged through the award of many Honorary Doctoral degrees and extensive appointments on national and international boards and advisory committees. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in 1991 and awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 in recognition of services to medical science and to Australian society.
John Chalmers remains an active researcher at The George Institute Australia, where he holds the title of Senior Director. He is a principal investigator on may research grants and steering committees for major studies, mentors young clinical researchers from around the world, and continues to publish and lecture prolifically.