Prof. Joerg Eberhard, Chair Lifespan Oral Health
University of Sydney & Charles Perkins Centre
Professor Joerg Eberhard med.dent, MME is a dental-scientist translational researcher, Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney.
He graduated in Dentistry in 1993 from the University of Duesseldorf in Germany and was trained as a Periodontist at the University Hospital Kiel afterwards. In 1999 he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California in Santa Barbara and was awarded the Venia Legendi in 2003 at the University of Kiel.
Between 2005 and 2007 Professor Eberhard was trained at the University Heidelberg in Medical Education. From 2008 to his moving to Australia, he was full Professor and clinical-scientist at Hannover Medical School. Professor Eberhard joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney in April 2016.
Professor Eberhard is interested in the interactions between oral and general health through all phases of life. Gingivitis and periodontitis are common diseases of the oral cavity affecting the tooth supporting tissues in response to bacterial accumulation with proven adverse effects for general health. Interactions of oral health and general health include e.g. diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases and new emerging research fields like sleep apnoea, obesity and diet.
Professor Eberhard is especially interested in translating translate the current body of knowledge in oral health to healthcare policies aimed to improve health of the whole population. This approach includes exploring the mechanistic pathways of how bacteria and inflammatory products penetrate the epithelial barrier in the oral cavity to learn more about their dissemination and adverse action to the vascular system. To study these pathways Professor Eberhard used in vitro experiments and a periodontitis model in the mouse to study e.g. endothelial dysfunction. He also conducts in situ studies to record the changes of the oral microbiome in health and disease aimed to reveal pathogenic mechanisms.
You can hear Professor Eberhard deliver the 2017 Australian World Oral Health Day lecture by clicking the link below: