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CAPER Trainees

The CAPER Trainee Committee's goal is to promote and conduct inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary, collaborative pancreatic research projects through networking. The committee conducts monthly teleconferences with the CAPER Trainee members with guest faculty speakers who interact with the trainees. Our team includes 



                              "I am an aspiring pancreatologist, finishing up advanced endoscopy training this July. I will be an advanced                                                                 endoscopy/pancreatology faculty at UPenn starting September 2018. My passion is in promoting collaborative                                                         research in pancreatology, mentoring junior trainees, and designing a system of care for patients with acute                                                             pancreatitis when they are discharged from the hospital"                    

                                             Dr. Peter Lee



   "I am a clinical and research fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital with special interest in pancreatic disorders. I am                                                         interested in using a multi-dimensional, collaborative approach in understanding these pancreatic disorders by                                                       combining evidence from epidemiological, clinical and basic / translational research. Also interested in applying                                                       novel methodologies in clinical trials, prognostic modelling in clinical research to make them more effective and                                                       applicable in impacting patient care." 

   Dr. Venkata Sandeep Akshintala




                             "I am an Internal Medicine resident from the University of Texas Health - San Antonio with strong interests in                                                             Pancreatobiliary diseases and Clinical Nutrition.  The CAPER Trainee Committee has been essential in pursuing my                                                 vision of becoming an Advanced Endoscopist and I hope to be as great of a mentor as those that I have met                                                             through this committee.  My best advice is if you have any interest at all in contributing to the Pancreatobiliary field,                                               then join CAPER."  

                                            Dr. Adrianne Tsen



   Chris is a Biomedical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the medical industry, including healthcare delivery,                                             medical device manufacturing, clinical engineering, and academic research.  His interests include medical device                                                     design, research/clinical trials, healthcare facility design/medical equipment planning, and clinical process/quality                                                   improvement.  He is a proud native Texan who was educated at all three of the state’s largest universities and has                                                   worked in most of Texas’ largest hospitals.   In his free time Chris enjoys hiking, traveling with his wife, competing at                                               BBQ cook offs, and volunteering with Pancreas disease organizations.

   Chris Moreau



                                            "I am a junior faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Illinois at                                                         Chicago. In addition to my clinical duties, I also work to further expand our pancreatic research program. I am                                                         particularly interested in acute and chronic pancreatitis, health-care disparities in pancreatic diseases and role of                                                     diet in pancreatitis. I presented at national and international meetings and developed additional collaborations with                                               experts and colleagues during these meetings. CAPER and PancreasFest played a key role in establishing productive                                               collaborations during this transition period. Currently, I am working on a pilot grant project that investigates the                                                     role of a potential biomarker in acute pancreatitis and also completing a retrospective study to better identify                                                         existing health care disparities in acute pancreatitis. I plan to submit a career development award application in                                                       upcoming months." Dr. Cemal Yazici




 "30 year old, from Rome, Italy, about to graduate from Gastroenterology residency (University Sapienza) with a clinical                                             thesis about pancreatic adenocarcinoma.I graduated from med school in 2012 with a basic science thesis about                                                     Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors developed at NIH (Bethesda). I plan to attend a PhD on pancreas research. I took                                             part to pancreas2000 8th course. Main interests in pancreas research: pancreatic cancer and acute pancreatitis. 

   Basic skills on ERCP and EUS and abdominal ultrasonography. Other interests: music, astronomy, krav maga

   Dr. Livia Archibugi





"I am currently an internal medicine resident. Over the last 3 years, I have been involved in several research projects at the University of Pittsburgh, Pancreas division. For instance, I served to establish APPRENTICE study under the guidance of Georgios Papachristou which resulted in a successful international consortium. My goal is to become clinician-scientist in the field of pancreatic disorders. My areas of interests include the dynamics of organ failure after acute pancreatitis, and the role of computational biology to discover the models of severity in acute pancreatitis. " Dr. Amir Gougol




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Please take a moment to fill out our survey on mentorship using the QR code or the link below.  The survey takes 2-3 minutes to complete and all participants will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. This survey helps us understand your experience with mentorship in pancreas research. This information will be used to improve pancreas mentorship for trainees.












CAPER Mentorship Survey: Please click the link below to complete the survey


CAPER had the opportunity to sponsor a lunch for the CAPER trainee committee and friends at the 2019 DDW in San Diego.

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