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Sara Montagnese

Board Member

Sara Montagnese is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician at Padova University Hospital, in Italy. She has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hepatic encephalopathy, a cerebral complication of liver disease on which she has published extensively, especially in relation to diagnosis and differential diagnosis. She currently serves as President of the International Society for Hepatic Encephalopathy and Nitrogen Metabolism (ISHEN) and is a member of the Governing Board of the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF) and the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS). She is Associate Editor and Special Section Editor (Snapshots) of Journal of Hepatology, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Physiology – Chronobiology, and part of the Editorial Boards of Hepatology and BMJ-Open Gastroenterology.

She also has a research interest in the sleep-wake disturbances exhibited by patients with cirrhosis and she has made significant contributions to their understanding and their management. She is currently using her experience in the liver field as a model, and applying it to other areas of medicine. Her research has been funded by the European Association for the Study of the Liver, the University of Padova, the CaRiPaRo foundation, the Italian Ministry of Health, and the EU- H2020.


  • University of Padova
    Department of Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Circadian disturbance in advanced liver disease
  • Development of patient-specific tools to measure circadian rhythms
  • Chronotherapy