Dr. Sara Montagnese

Sleep and Rhythms in Medicine
The Sleep and Rhythms in Medicine lab, which is part of the European Sleep Research Society network, aims at filling the gap between physiology and pathophysiology in human chronobiological research. Over the last few years we have studied the pathophysiology and the management of circadian and sleep disorders in patients with liver disease. We are currently using our experience with the liver as a model, and applying it to other areas of medicine both in the outpatient and inpatient setting. We also have experience in the development of patient-directed, specific tools for circadian assessment.


Sara Montagnese is a Reader in 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 elect of the International Society for Hepatic Encephalopathy and Nitrogen Metabolism (ISHEN), is a member of the Italian, British, European and American Societies for the Study of the Liver, is part of the Editorial Board of Journal of Hepatology and BMJ-Open Gastroenterology, and an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Physiology – section Chronobiology.

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 and the Italian Ministry of Health, and it has been recognised by the European Sleep Research Association. Sara Montagnese also teaches the module  “From Clock to Chaos: Biological Rhythms in Biology and Medicine” for the Applied Medical Sciences course at University College London, UK.