Karen Peres is a dentist with two Masters, one of Paediatric Dentistry and another of Public Health, and a PhD in Epidemiology. Karen has worked for 15 years in universities in Brazil before moving to Australia in 2012 when she got a position as Associate Professor at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), University of Adelaide. Between 2014 and 2018 Karen was the Director of the Dental Practice Education Research Unit (DPERU), a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and Colgate Care. In September 2018 Karen took the position of Associate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University, Australia, where she stayed until April 2020. In May 2020 she joined the National Dental Centre Singapore in Singapore, where she is appointed as Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
Karen is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of Child Oral Health and Oral Epidemiology. Karen was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and South Pacific Child Oral Health Taskforce from 2013 to 2020.
Karen has been involved in an international collaborative work on the effects of breastfeeding on several children's health outcomes which findings were spread worldwide and resulted in a special issue of The Lancet published in 2016 (doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01024-7). She has supervised more than 30 Masters and PhD students and authored fourteen book chapters and 147 peer-reviewed papers. Her work has received 9,490 citations with an H index of 53. She is a Chief Investigator in an NHMRC partnership grant of the ongoing National Adult Oral Health in Australia, and is one of the coordinators of oral health studies nested in the internationally known Pelotas, Brazil birth cohort studies.
Child oral health epidemiology, inequalities in general and oral health, life course epidemiology, oral health surveillance, the relationship between oral health and general health, and the assessment of the effectiveness of oral health programmes for children.
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