Kenneth Warren Fellowship 2019/2020

IHPBA and the IHPBA Foundation are delighted to announce that the IHPBA Kenneth Warren Fellowship for 2019/20 has been awarded to Dr Marta Sandini from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy. 

The objective of Dr Sandini’s Kenneth Warren Fellowship is to explore the role of gastrointestinal microbiome on surgical outcomes following pancreatoduodenectomy for cancer. The biliary and gut microbiome will be analyzed to assess whether specific microbiome patterns are associated with severe postoperative infections.

Bile contamination from antimicrobial resistant bacteria can be extremely high in patients who received a preoperative biliary stent and has been associated with postoperative infectious complications.

Aggressive antimicrobial regimens were introduced in high-risk patients, however, while such approaches could reduce the risk of contamination during surgery, the over-use of antibiotics contributes as a major factor to the development of resistant microorganisms.

A further aim of this research project is to investigate new strategies to modulate the gastrointestinal microbiome, with particular focus on fecal microbiome transplantation.

This monocentric trial will be led by the University Hospital Heidelberg. Dr. Sandini will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Thilo Hackert, Head of the Pancreas Surgery Unit, Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery at the University Hospital Heidelberg.


IHPBA would like to congratulate Dr. Sandini on becoming the Warren Fellow for 2019/20 and wish her all the best with this project.

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