Jacques Vanobbergen is emeritus professor at university Ghent-Belgium. He was head of the department of Community Dentistry and Oral Public Health until February 2013. He has a doctorate degree in dentistry. His dissertation dealt with the development and application of risk prediction models for dental caries. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 books or book chapters. He has authored and co-authored reports under the authority of the National Health Insurance and the Federal Centre of Expertise in Health Care in Belgium. He has led and is leading several longitudinal research projects in preventive and community dentistry dealing with ‘oral health care for institutionalised elderly’, ‘social inequality’, ‘evidence based dentistry’, ‘risk assessment’ and ‘continuing registration of oral health condition and impact of oral health’. In collaboration with the department of General Practice and Primary Health Care of the Ghent University he is involved in the development of a ‘campus community partnership’ between the university and the community. He is chair of the BENECOMO research group, a Belgian-Netherlands consortium oral health care for elderly people. He is member of the Gerodent project, a university hospital team providing preventive and curative care in nursing homes with a mobile dental equipment. He is chairing CEMOB, a multidisciplinary primary health care centre in a deprived area of the city of Ghent. He is secretary of the Flemish Institute of Health Promotion, board member of the Recognition Committee General Dentist of the Federal Public Service of Health. He is past-president of the European College of Gerodontology and president-elect of the European Association of Dental Public Health, member of the Editorial board of different peer-reviewed journals. He is member of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine Belgium, the ‘Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gerontologie’ and the European Association of Dental Education.
Biography Updated on 9 December 2013