Dr Bernabe started his academic career at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru, where he worked for eight years before moving to the UK to pursue his doctoral training in Epidemiology. Eduardo earned his PhD from University of London in 2009, funding his studies through two highly competitive, merit-based scholarships. After a brief period as Postdoctoral Researcher at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Eduardo moved to the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London in October 2011. Eduardo has been the Course Director for the Master of Science in Dental Public Health since then. He has developed strong collaborations links with research teams from South and North America, East Asia and Europe. He has received two awards from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for his research work.
Eduardo’s main research interest is on understanding the social determinants of oral health inequalities, trying to disentangle the biological, behavioural, and psychosocial processes that operate across an individual’s life course, and across generations, to influence the risk of oral diseases. Elucidating the mechanisms linking socioeconomic status to oral health provides policymakers with the evidence base to inform social and health policy to reduce oral health inequalities. This work is carried out using life course epidemiology methods, advanced statistical modelling and data from longitudinal studies and multi-national surveys. His second research interest is on measuring the burden of oral conditions on individuals, families, healthcare systems and the wider society, using population health metrics, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and societal costs as well as providing evidence on the link between oral and systemic diseases.
Eduardo is part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study that measures the burden of oral conditions using disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Burden estimation provides a unique perspective in shaping public health policy as it offers governments and non-governmental agencies with the evidence-based data from which to set up priorities for research, development, policies and funding.