Personalized Medicine

Group Leader:

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Ashham Mansur


Research areas:
The long-term objective of the research is to provide individual, patient-specific variables of clinical significance, which contribute to the implementation of personalized treatment of the critically ill. Our research group investigates the impact of host genetic factors on the clinical course of sepsis and sepsis-associated organ dysfunction. Functional polymorphisms within innate immunity genes are a major focus of our investigation. We have been able to demonstrate that a Regulatory Polymorphism within the Programmed Cell Death (Protein 1) otherwise known as PD-1 and CD279 (Cluster of Differentiation 279) which has been shown to impact sepsis-associated immunosuppression, is also associated with decreased 90 day survival in patients with sepsis. Another significant finding is that genetic variants which result in strong Pro-Inflammatory Response (e.g. within the CD14 and TLR4 gene) in patients with sepsis have beneficial effects on the clinical course of sepsis.

In addition, investigation is on-going on the clinical consequences of other patient-specific characteristics e.g. chronic morbid states in sepsis and sepsis-associated organ dysfunction. Furthermore, the research team is working collaboratively with international experts (scientists and clinicians) using a Systems Medicine Research Approach in order to better understand the physiological and clinical consequences of immunological changes over the course of sepsis.


Prof. José Hinz

Head division Anesthesiology, Depatment of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center Göttingen.

Prof. Tim Beissbarth

Group Head Statistical Bioinformatics, Department of Medical Statistics, University Medical Center Göttingen.

Prof. Mladen Tzvetkov

Head of the laboratory of molecular genetics 
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University Medical Center Göttingen.

Prof. Aron Frederik Popov

Goethe University of Frankfurt, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Ms. Andrea Kernchen and Ms. Claudia Ottersbach

Study nurses and study coordinators, Depatment of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center Göttingen.

Scientific Staff (medical students):

Bronja Hillebrecht, Benjamin Liese, Simon Wilmers, Yvonne Klee, Luisa von Gruben, Maximilian Steinau, Evelyn Mulwande, Kristin Ivan, Fabian Kriesel, Caspar Mewes, Julius Runzheimer and Carolin Böhnke

Technical Assistants

Thomas Schulze

International collaboration partners:
Prof. Shai Shen-Orr, PhD
Dept. of Immunology, Rappaport Institute of Medical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Biology, Technion, Israel.

Prof. Purvesh Khatri

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research-ITI Institute) and Biomedical Data Science, University of Stanford, CA, USA.

Dr. Timothy Sweeney, PhD

CEO, Inflammatix, CA, USA.

Recent publications:

Bergmann I, Büttner B, Teut E, Jacobshagen C, Hinz J, Quintel M, Mansur A§,
Roessler M§: Pre-hospital transthoracic echocardiography for early identification of non-STelevation
myocardial infarction in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Akzeptiert am
21.12.2017 in Critical Care 2017 (§ equal contribution)
Sweeney TE, Mansur A, Hinz J, Khatri P: Prospective Validation of the Sepsis
MetaScore for Diagnosis of Infections Post Traumatic Injury. Academic Surgical Congress
Abstracts 2017 (03.9).
Zeriouh M, Sabashnikov A, Patil NP, Schmack B, Zych B, Mohite PN, Garcia Saez D,
Koch A, Mansur A, Soresi S et al: Use of taurolidine in lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis
and impact on bacterial colonization. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery: official
journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2017
Schmack B, Seppelt P, Weymann A, Alt C, Farag M, Arif R, Doesch AO, Raake PW,
Kallenbach K, Mansur A et al: Extracorporeal life support with left ventricular
decompression-improved survival in severe cardiogenic shock: results from a retrospective
study. PeerJ 2017, 5:e3813 
Hinz J, Buttner B, Kriesel F, Steinau M, Frederik Popov A, Ghadimi M, Beissbarth T,
Tzvetkov M, Bergmann I, Mansur A: The FER rs4957796 TT genotype is associated with
unfavorable 90-day survival in Caucasian patients with severe ARDS due to pneumonia.
Scientific reports 2017, 7(1):9887
Büttner B§, Mansur A§, Hinz J, Erlenwein J, Bauer M, Bergmann I: Combination of
general anesthesia and peripheral nerve block with low-dose ropivacaine reduces
postoperative pain for several days after outpatient arthroscopy: A randomized controlled
clinical trial. Medicine 2017, 96(6). (§ equal contribution)
Erlenwein J, Thoms KM, Brandebusemeyer F, Pfingsten M, Mansur A, Quintel M,
Schön MP, Petzke F: Pre-Existing Chronic Pain Influences the Severity of Acute Herpes
Zoster Pain—A Prospective Observational Cohort Study. Pain Medicine 2016, 17(7):1317-
Hinz J§, Mansur A§, Hanekop GG, Weyland A, Popov AF, Schmitto JD, Grüne FF,
Bauer M, Kazmaier S: Influence of isoflurane on the diastolic pressure-flow relationship and
critical occlusion pressure during arterial CABG surgery: a randomized controlled trial. PeerJ
2016, 4:e1619. (§ equal contribution)
Soresi S, Zeriouh M, Sabashnikov A, Sarang Z, Mohite PN, Patil NP, Mansur A,
Weymann A, Wippermann J, Wahlers T: Extended recipient criteria in lung transplantation:
impact of pleural abnormalities on primary graft dysfunction. The Annals of thoracic surgery
2016, 101(6):2112-2119. 
Büttner B, Mansur A, Bauer M, Hinz J, Bergmann I. [Unilateral spinal anesthesia:
Literature review and recommendations]. Anaesthesist. 2016;65(11):847-865. 
Mansur A, Klee Y, Popov AF, Erlenwein J, Ghadimi M, Beissbarth T, Bauer M, Hinz J: Primary bacteraemia is associated with a higher mortality risk compared with pulmonary
and intra-abdominal infections in patients with sepsis: a prospective observational cohort
study. BMJ open 2015, 5(1):e006616. 
Mansur A, Liese B, Steinau M, Ghadimi M, Bergmann I, Tzvetkov M, Popov AF,
Beissbarth T, Bauer M, Hinz J: The CD14 rs2569190 TT Genotype Is Associated with an
Improved 30-Day Survival in Patients with Sepsis: A Prospective Observational Cohort
Study. PloS one 2015, 10(5):e0127761. 
Mansur A, Mulwande E, Steinau M, Bergmann I, Popov AF, Ghadimi M, Beissbarth
T, Bauer M, Hinz J: Chronic kidney disease is associated with a higher 90-day mortality than
other chronic medical conditions in patients with sepsis. Scientific reports 2015, 5:10539.
Mansur A, Popov AF, Hanna AA, Bergmann I, Brandes IF, Beissbarth T, Bauer M,
Hinz J: Perioperative Blood Glucose Levels< 150 mg/dL are Associated With Improved 5-
Year Survival in Patients Undergoing On-Pump Cardiac Surgery: A Prospective,
Observational Cohort Study. Medicine 2015, 94(45):e2035. 
Mansur A, Steinau M, Popov AF, Ghadimi M, Beissbarth T, Bauer M, Hinz J: Impact
of statin therapy on mortality in patients with sepsis-associated acute respiratory distress
syndrome (ARDS) depends on ARDS severity: a prospective observational cohort study.
BMC medicine 2015, 13(1):128. 
Mansur A, Steinau M, Popov AF, Milenovic S, Bireta C, Weymann A, Schotola H,
Wiese CH, Beissbarth T, Tzvetkov M: Genetic polymorphisms in Endothelin-1 as Predictors
for long-Term Survival and the Cardiac Index in patients undergoing on-Pump Cardiac
Surgery. PloS one 2015, 10(6):e0131155. 
Ross D, Hinz J, Mansur A, Mielck F, Roessler M, Quintel M, Bauer M:
Implementation of a new emergency room protocol at a University Medical Center in
Germany: basis for improved flow of information, adequate quality management and
scientific assessment. Der Anaesthesist 2015, 64(3):208-217. 
Schotola H, Kirsch K-C, Höcker J, Egan M, Büttner B, Wiese C, Mansur A, Hinz JM,
Bergmann I: Ketamine in outpatient arthroscopic shoulder surgery: Effects on postoperative
pain, hemodynamic stability and process times. Open Medicine 2015, 10(1). 
Bergmann I, Crozier TA, Roessler M, Schotola H, Mansur A, Büttner B, Hinz JM,
Bauer M: The effect of changing the sequence of cuff inflation and device fixation with the
LMA-Supreme® on device position, ventilatory complications, and airway morbidity: a clinical
and fiberscopic study. BMC anesthesiology 2014, 14(1)
Mansur A, Hinz J, Hillebrecht B, Bergmann I, Popov AF, Ghadimi M, Bauer M,
Beissbarth T, Mihm S: Ninety-day survival rate of patients with sepsis relates to programmed
cell death 1 genetic polymorphism rs11568821. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2014,
Mansur A, von Gruben L, Popov AF, Steinau M, Bergmann I, Ross D, Ghadimi M,
Beissbarth T, Bauer M, Hinz J: The regulatory toll-like receptor 4 genetic polymorphism
rs11536889 is associated with renal, coagulation and hepatic organ failure in sepsis patients.
Journal of translational medicine 2014, 12(1):177. 
Hinz J, Schöndorf D, Bireta C, Lipke C, Moerer O, Bergmann I, Wiese CH, Mansur A, Schotola H, Sabashnikov A: The eNOS 894G/T gene polymorphism and its influence on
early and long-term mortality after on-pump cardiac surgery. Journal of cardiothoracic
surgery 2013, 8(1):199. 
Mertens J, Bregadze R, Mansur A, Askar E, Bickeböller H, Ramadori G, Mihm S:
Functional impact of endotoxin receptor CD14 polymorphisms on transcriptional activity.
Journal of molecular medicine 2009, 87(8):815-824. IF 4.855