Hend Alqaderi, BDS, DMSc

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Dr. Hend Alqaderi gained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the Faculty of Dentistry at Alexandria University, Egypt. She then completed an Advanced General Dentistry Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland in 2008. In 2016, she gained a Doctoral Degree in Medical Science and a Certificate in Dental Public Health from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

In addition to being a licensed dentist and an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the Forsyth Faculty Associates dental practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Alqaderi is currently a lecturer and a part-time faculty member at the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She mentors post and undergraduate students in their research. Dr. Alqaderi had a decade of experience in advanced general dentistry and she was a director and a clinical supervisor of a 10-dental-chair clinic at the School Oral Health Program in Kuwait between 2008-2012. Dr. Alqaderi joined Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) in Kuwait as a public health researcher, and she is currently working on the cohort, Kuwait Healthy Life Study, a joint research project between DDI and the Forsyth Institute.

Dr. Alqaderi’s research has focused in three major areas. 1) The first involves studying risk factors for obesity and diabetes in Kuwaiti children. Kuwait, like many affluent countries, has a high rate of obesity and diabetes, which is now being manifested at increasingly younger ages. The Kuwait Healthy Life Study (KHLS – 2010 to 2019), identified numerous clinical measurements and biomarkers in Kuwaiti children that are strongly associated with developing metabolic syndrome. She found that one of the most significant risk factors for obesity was short sleep duration. 2) Dr. Alqaderi is the PI of an ongoing study, Composite Restorations: Incidence of Endodontic Complications and Additional Treatments, which aims to determine the outcomes of endodontic complications in teeth with vital pulps restored with composite resin, compared to teeth restored with amalgam. The evaluation will be based secondary data from the BigMouth Repository, a centralized oral health data set derived from electronic health records at nine dental schools. This study will shed light on the importance of evaluating restorative materials before, during, and after the placement of the restoration. From a dental public health perspective, this study may emphasize the importance of reporting essential information for any restorative procedure, and accordingly suggest ways to improve diagnostic codes in order to enhance the accuracy of future evaluation of dental services and eventually provide better information for making treatment decisions. 3) Dr. Alqaderi is leading the Smile for Syria project that focuses on developing a dental prevention program for Syrian children in refugee camps, and training and evaluating community health workers at these camps for providing dental prevention measures such as SDF, GIC fissure sealants, and fluoride varnish.