Microbiota in Health and Disease

Microbiota in Health and Disease

The microbiota is relevant to many diseases due to its direct impact on the development and maintenance of the immune system. Moreover, both the microbiota and the immune system are intimately related to many other physiological processes such as metabolism and behaviour, as well as the digestive system. We are focusing our attention on the role of dysbiosis in the pathogenesis of several disorders: inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis), coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, eosinophilic esophagitis and cancer (Barrett’s esophagus and other solid cancers). Moreover, we are studying the impact of gut microbiota in the development of surgery complications like post-operative recurrence of Crohn’s disease, pouchitis or cancer recurrence.



Furnari M, Savarino E, Bruzzone L, Moscatelli A, Gemignani L, Giannini EG, Zentilin P, Dulbecco P, Savarino V.  Reassessment of the role of methane production between irritable bowel syndrome and functional constipation.J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2012 Jun;21(2):157-63.

Scarpa M, Grillo A, Faggian D, Ruffolo C, Bonello E, D'Incà R, Scarpa M, Castagliuolo I, Angriman I. Relationship between mucosa-associated microbiota and inflammatory parameters in the ileal pouch after restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis.Surgery. 2011 Jul;150(1):56-67

Facchin S, Buda A, Perini B, Sturniolo GC, D'Incà R, Lorenzon G, Savarino R. Microbiota Profile and Dysbiosis Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Pilot Study on IBD Patient. Digestive and Liver Disease, Vol. 50, Issue 2, 2018

Facchin S, Buda A, D'Incà R, Savarino E. Microbiota Profile and Dysbiosis Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Pilot Study on IBD Patients.  May 2018 Gastroenterology 154(6)

Michielan A, D'Incà R. Intestinal Permeability in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Pathogenesis, Clinical Evaluation, and Therapy of Leaky Gut. Mediators Inflamm. 2015;2015:628157



2009 - Title of The Research Project “Evaluation Of Small Bowel Distension After Ingestion of Oral Lactulose By Means Of Magnetic Resonance Imaging In Healthy Volunteers And A Group Of Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome” Funded by Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE)

2016 - Title of The Research Project “Modulazione del microbiota intestinale e infiammazione nelle malattie infiammatorie croniche intestinali” Funded by SILA Srl


People involved:

Edoardo V. Savarino, Associate Professor
Fabiana Zingone, Associate Professor
Fabio Farinati, Full Professor
Imerio Angriman, Associate Professor



Anna D’Odorico, Francesca Galeazzi, Brigida Barberio (Consultant Gastroenterologists), Marco Scarpa, Cesare Ruffolo (Consultant Surgeon), (Gastroenterology Fellows), Sonia Facchin, Romilda Cardin, Ilaria Marsilio, Daria Maniero (Reseacrh Fellow), Greta Lorenzon (Research Nurse)