Professor Eberhard is a periodontist and dental-scientist conducting translational research, with a particular interest in the interactions between oral and general health through all phases of life. He joined the University of Sydney in 2016, and is currently Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Dentistry. Research conducted by Professor Eberhard focuses on interactions of oral health and general health issues including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases and new emerging research fields like sleep apnoea, obesity and diet. This involves exploring the pathways by which bacteria and inflammatory products penetrate the epithelial barrier in the oral cavity, with the aim of learning more about their distribution and adverse impact on the vascular system. A great deal of this work involves clinical trials and in situ studies. Using these approaches, Professor Eberhard was the first to demonstrate that even small inflammatory changes in the oral cavity induce a general inflammatory response and an increased concentration of risk markers of cardiovascular disease in peripheral blood. Professor Eberhard is currently investigating the effects of oral health on diabetes control and benefits of physical activity. This clinical research has already shown that general health benefits from good oral health, and continues, in conjunction with researchers and health professionals at the University of Sydney. Professor Eberhard is member of the European Federation of Periodontology and the German Society for Operative Dentistry. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Hans-R. Mühlemann Research Prize, Swiss Society for Periodontology in 2001; the meridol-Award of the German Society for Periodontology in 2004, 2009 and 2011 and, together with a team of dental students, the Glaxo Smith Kline Innovations Award in 2004. In 2007 Professor Eberhard received the Dental Education Award of the Kurt-Kaltenbach Foundation from the German Society for Dental Research, as well as the DKV-Cochrane Award. Professor Eberhard joined the Oral Health Advisory Panel to play a vital role in translating the current body of knowledge in oral health into healthcare policies that will help improve general health outcomes worldwide.