September 28, 2023


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Science Foundation Eire awards Tulane study pioneer with prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal

Dr. Paul Whelton, the Present Chwan Professor of Global Community Wellness at Tulane College College of Public Overall health and Tropical Medicine, was awarded the Science Foundation Eire St. Patrick’s Working day Science Medal for Academia.


Internationally renowned Tulane College cardiovascular health researcher Dr. Paul K. Whelton has been awarded the prestigious Science Foundation Eire (SFI) St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the head of the governing administration of Ireland.

The SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal is awarded every year to two distinguished U.S.-primarily based science, engineering or technology leaders with sturdy Irish connections for their exceptional contributions to investigate and innovation. It highlights and honors their position in supporting and partaking with the study ecosystem in Ireland and past. 

Whelton, the Clearly show Chwan Professor of World-wide Community Health and fitness at Tulane University University of Community Health and fitness and Tropical Medication, was awarded the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal for Academia. Paul R. Daugherty, team chief govt – technological know-how and chief technological innovation officer at Accenture, was awarded the SFI St Patrick’s Working day Science Medal for Sector.

“As a single of the world’s primary authorities on hypertension, Dr. Whelton has experienced a profound affect both equally at our college and globally.”

Michael A. Fitts

 “On behalf of the Federal government of Ireland and Science Basis Ireland, I am delighted to award the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Dr. Paul K. Whelton and Mr. Paul R. Daugherty,” Varadkar said. “The Medal acknowledges their fantastic leadership in their respective fields, significantly in the regions of hypertension study and emerging systems in synthetic intelligence. We are deeply very pleased of their achievements.” 

Whelton is president of the Environment Hypertension League. A native of Cork Town, Eire, he has served as the principal investigator for lots of large-profile investigation scientific tests that have educated the analysis, prevention and cure of high blood stress. 

“As a former dean of Tulane’s Faculty of Community Health and Tropical Drugs and Senior Vice President for Health and fitness Sciences, a longtime Tulane professor and one particular of the world’s leading authorities on hypertension, Dr. Whelton has experienced a profound impact both of those at our university and globally,” Tulane President Michael A. Fitts explained. “We are grateful for the perception his perform has delivered on this vital health ailment and are very pleased of this huge honor bestowed on him by his native nation.”

Whelton retains levels from College Faculty Cork, the National University of Ireland and the London Faculty of Cleanliness and Tropical Medication. He has authored above 550 peer-reviewed publications and has gained a lot of awards, like the 2018 American Heart Association Hypertension Council Excellence Award.
 “I am deeply honored to accept the 2023 SFI St. Patrick’s Working day Science Medal for my function in the location of superior blood strain, which is a leading bring about of demise, using the life of 18 million people globally just about every calendar year,” Whelton claimed. “My investigate in cardiovascular and renal ailment epidemiology carries on to force for new discovery and improved clinical outcomes for people. I am extremely proud to be part of the Irish study diaspora group in the U.S. and to assist our transatlantic partnerships, which enable us to further our knowledge and deliver definitely superb science with global gains. I am really lucky to be able to do the job with remarkable colleagues at Tulane and to be based in a college that aspires to excellence in study, training and in scientific and community well being practice.”   

SFI Director Standard Philip Nolan explained that each honorees’ achievements highlight the significantly-achieving talent of the Irish diaspora in the regions of science, engineering and technology.

“They have each experienced huge influence in enhancing societal and economic wellbeing,” Nolan said. “We honor and identify them now, as we celebrate U.S.-Eire research collaborations that create considerable worth to both equally countries, across academic communities and industry.”  

Science Basis Ireland funds oriented standard analysis in the locations of science, technological know-how, engineering, and arithmetic (STEM) which encourages and assists the progress and competitiveness of market, business and work in Ireland. The Basis also encourages and supports the examine of, and engagement with STEM and encourages an awareness and knowledge of the value of STEM to culture and to the advancement of the financial state.