It is well known that a diagnosis of celiac disease is followed by a slew of challenges and roadblocks – from a significantly higher grocery bill to associated health concerns to limitations on socializing, travel, dining out and everything in between. What if we could prevent these roadblocks altogether?
Researchers have increasingly been focused on the prevention of celiac disease in recent years, testing many different theories. Learn about these studies and how researchers are working to set a different course for those who are at risk of developing celiac disease. Join experts Alessio Fasano, MD, Carlo Catassi, MD, and Sabine Vriezinga, MD in this very special webinar event as we delve into the latest endeavors in celiac disease prevention research.
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About the Panelists
Carlo Catassi, M.D.
Carlo Catassi is the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy and the President of the Italian Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition during the years 2013-2016. By training he is MD with specialization in Pediatrics (1980), Human Nutrition (1987)and Biostatistics (1997). Since 2001 he joined the Center for Celiac Disease (CFCR) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore (USA), and was appointed as Co-Director of the CFCR in 2003. In 2003 he was appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and promoted as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in 2012. Prof. Carlo Catassi has been appointed Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in 2014.
His research expertise is focused on the world epidemiology, clinical spectrum and primary prevention of celiac disease. Based on his studies on the epidemiology of celiac disease, he was one of the first to show the high prevalence of undetected celiac disease in different countries and to conceptualize the “celiac iceberg”. He has published around 140 papers on various aspects of celiac disease and pediatric gastroenterology.
Alessio Fasano, M.D.
World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and entreprenuer Alessio Fasano, M.D., is director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). His prevalence study published in 2003 established the rate of celiac disease at 1 in 133 Americans.
His visionary research has led to the awareness of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders as a growing public health problem in the United States and worldwide. As Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGHfC, Dr. Fasano treats both children and adults for gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.
A passionate advocate for collaboration in research and clinical work, Dr. Fasano recently authored Gluten Freedom to provide patients, healthcare providers and general readers an evidence-based yet entertaining book to dispel some of the current confusion about gluten and how it can affect your health.
Sabine Vriezinga, M.D.
Sabine Vriezinga, MD, completed her medical degree in 2012 at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She is currently a PhD-fellow in the department of paediatrics of Leiden University Medical Center. Sabine focuses on preventive strategies and improvement of care for childhood celiac disease. She works for the multicenter PreventCD project (www.preventcd.com), investigating whether changing infant feeding practices can prevent coeliac disease. In October 2014, the results of this study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Additionally, she works on the ongoing study CoelKids (www.coelkids.nl), a project investigating innovation of care (via e-consulting and rapid tests) for children and young adults with coeliac disease in the Netherlands.