Professor Chalmers’ research interests include large scale clinical trials and epidemiological studies related to hypertension, coronary heart disease and stroke, and diabetes and renal disease. He is Senior Director, Professorial Unit, The George Institute for Global Health and Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, as well as Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Flinders University and at the University of Sydney.
At the George Institute, he serves as Principal Investigator on research grants and chair of steering committees for major studies.
Professor Chalmers’ studies on the treatment of high blood pressure for the prevention of heart attack and stroke have changed the way patients are treated throughout the world. They helped elucidate the brain mechanisms and neurotransmitters responsible for blood pressure control, and also demonstrated the benefits to stroke and Type II diabetes patients of lowering their blood pressure – whether it is considered clinically “high” or not. His contribution to medical science has been recognized through many awards, 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 an Officer in the National Order of Merit of France in 2010.