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Project News

This section keeps you updated on any major developments throughout the course of the MICROB-PREDICT project. For PDFs of our own press releases about progress within the MICROB-PREDICT project please go to DOWNLOADS. To receive our project newsletter please subscribe here!

  • 27 August 2020

    Who are the people behind the science of MICROB-PREDICT?

    Watch this video to meet the coordinator, the patient representative, our leading researchers, clinicians, and the management team. Feel free to like and share to promote our research and efforts. We are all working together to improve the lives of patients suffering from decompensated cirrhosis and ACLF.

  • 26 August 2020

    MICROB-PREDICT in 3 minutes – Prof. Dr. Jonel Trebicka summarises the project at EASL’s “Digital ILC 2020”

    As part of the DigitalILC, the project’s scientific coordinator, Prof. Dr. Jonel Trebicka recorded this brief webinar to give a concise overview of the project’s scope, its aims, and the expected patient benefits. Click here to watch the video!

  • 14 July 2020

    The PREDICT study uncovers three clinical courses in acutely decompensated cirrhosis with distinct pathophysiology

    Data from 1071 patients with acute decompensation reveals patterns that allow grouping patients into three different clinical courses with different mortality. The investigators have determined that the development of systemic inflammation is key to the progression of the disease and affects patients with pre-ACLF. Half of them die in three months and seven out of ten in 1 year. Read more.

  • 10 July 2020

    Marko Korenjak is being interviewed about MICROB-PREDICT by Maja Thiele

    Former “radio moderator”-turned-“medical hepatologist” Prof. Dr. Maja Thiele from Odense University Hospital (OUH) in Denmark interviews Marko Korenjak, the current president of the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA) about his hopes in MICROB-PREDICT and why this is such a special research consortium. Watch and share the whole 5min-video on YouTube: It’s absolutely worth it!

  • 9 July 2020

    PDFs of 1st Patient Event Presentations available for download

    The PDFs of the 3 presentations by Profs. Jonel Trebica, Aleksander Krag, and Minneke Coenraad are now freely accessible on the DOWNLOADS page. Alternatively, just click on the respective screenshot below to view the desired presentation in your browser.

  • 16 June 2020

    SAVE THE DATE – First online patient event on 8 July 2020!

    We kindly invite you to the first online patient event of the MICROB-PREDICT project: On Wednesday, 8 July 2020, from 10:30-11:30 AM, we would like to inform you and other cirrhosis patients on our project and its implications for the future management of patients with cirrhosis and discuss with you how to best disseminate this information in the national patient associations. We look forward to meeting you virtually at July 8th!

  • 28 May 2020

    New ACLF review article in the New England Journal of Medicine!

    Three clinical experts on ACLF just published a joint review article on “Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure”. Thanks to Vicente Arroyo, Richard Moreau, and Rajiv Jalan for this excellent review and for highlighting the importance of increased clinical research and efforts to prevent decompensated cirrhosis and ACLF. The article was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (volume 382(22): pages 2137-2145; doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1914900)

  • 26 May 2020

    Video of the 1st MICROB-PREDICT Masterclass on „ Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure (ACLF)” by Prof. Dr. Jonel Trebicka

    Prof. Dr. Jonel Trebicka, project coordinator on behalf of EFCLIF and Professor for translational hepatology at the Department of Internal Medicine I, University Clinic Frankfurt speaks about current status and recent advances of ACLF research. The talk was recorded on 20 January 2020 at the occasion of the first MICROB-PREDICT MasterClass in Frankfurt.

  • 27 April 2020

    MICROB-PREDICT Symposium connected to EASL School on Hepatology 2021 in Frankfurt

    Management of acute-on-chronic liver failure
    Location: Goethe University Frankfurt
    Course director: Prof. Jonel Trebicka
    Date: 01. – 03.07.2021

    MICROB-PREDICT Symposium 01.07.2021

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    EASL School on Hepatology 02. – 03.07.2021

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  • 1 April 2020

    Model describing typical treatment paths in decompensated cirrhosis

    Prof. Hans Olav Melberg from UiO concludes an important step and releases a report about typical treatment paths in decompensated cirrhosis, information about the probability of going from one state to another, as well as the costs and quality of life in patients in each state.

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  • 1 April 2020

    Important ethics deliverables published

    Prof. Itziar de Lecuona, leader of the ethics WP, and colleagues publish three important ethics deliverables of MICROB-PREDICT: Informed consent templates for use of human biological samples and personal data in biomedical research, Public engagement strategy to design MICROB-PREDICT along with the need of patients and Codes of conduct applicable and research integrity policy including publications in journals.

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  • 22 January 2020

    Successful 2nd General Assembly Meeting in Königstein

    From 20th-22nd January 2020, 71 delegates of the MICROB-PREDICT consortium met in Königstein near Frankfurt a.M., Germany, to discuss the progress and results after the end of the first year of the project. We are happy to conclude that the project is in schedule and the first results come in nicely.

  • 20 January 2020

    First master class for Early Career Scientists

    On 20th January 2020, 48 participants of the MICROB-PREDICT Consortium, of which 24 Early Career Scientists attended the first master class which was organized as part of the WP9 training programme before the start of the 2nd General Assembly Meeting, in the hospital of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Talks included “How to write a successful grant application” (Ameli Schwalber and Jonel Trebicka), “ACLF: current status and recent advances” (Jonel Trebicka) and “Microbiome: current standards and challenges” (Peer Bork). Overall, the feedback was positive, and this format will be repeated again at future General Assembly meetings.

  • 6 November 2019

    Big data and artificial intelligence (AI)

    Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are not the future, they are the present. Our ethics WP Leader Prof. Itziar de Lecuona speaks about “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for Clinical Decision-Making and Health Care Assessment”.

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  • 17 October 2019

    Policy for integrating the six agendas of responsible research and innovation

    Read our policy on how we implement responsible research and innovation of our six agendas (ethics, gender equality, public engagement, governance, scientific education and open access) in MICROB-PREDICT. Our legal and ethics team explains measures to take into account regarding governance, ethics, gender equality, public engagement, open access and scientific education. Download the policy here.

  • 6 September 2019

    All PREDICT samples have been shipped to our specialty labs

    All PREDICT samples have been shipped to our specialty labs. The majority of proteomics and metabolomics measurements are complete. Congratulations WP3!

  • 2 July 2019

    First important milestones achieved

    MICROB-PREDICT partners received ethics approvals for shipment of samples. More than 700 samples have been aliquoted and were shipped to specialty labs. Now, data generation begins.

  • 30 June 2019

    MICROB-PREDICT Informed consent policy

    The MICROB-PREDICT policy for human subjects, samples and data describes the ethical and legal framework for the planned research interventions, the implications for research participants and obligations for those conducting research. Download the policy here.

  • 12 April 2019


    Jonel Trebicka and Minneke Coenraad presented the project’s objectives, its consortium members, and the expected impact of MICROB-PREDICT at the International Liver Congress (ILC) in Vienna, Austria. The annual congress is organised by EASL.

  • 26 March 2019

    First internal meeting on specifics of biosensor development

    The first meeting of work package 5 (WP5) members dedicated to validation of biomarkers and biosensor development was held at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona. The aim was to initiate collaboration of ICN2 and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) for the development of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests.

  • 31 January 2019

    1st press conference in Barcelona

    Following the project’s Kick-Off Meeting, EF-CLIF organised a well-attended press conference for local journalists in Barcelona that resulted in a widespread press coverage during the next days across Spain and Europe!

  • 1 January 2019

    MICROB-PREDICT kicks off!

    Today, the 6-year long, pan-European research project begins. All of us are excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work!