Funding: Department of Defense
Project PI: Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH
This is the first case-crossover epidemiologic study of alcoholic pancreatitis that will generate critical data on the timing and extent of drinking that precipitates an attack of AP. Among many, alcohol is the most common risk factor for recurrent acute pancreatitis (RAP) that leads to chronic pancreatitis (CP). The project will include patients with first-attack AP, as well as RAP in this study.
PROJECT LEADERS AND INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM: This epidemiologic study will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in gastroenterology, epidemiology and alcohol research. The investigative teams will be based in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh and will span across four centers: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).