• To date, there have been no studies or reports suggesting patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of COViD-19 compared to patients without celiac disease. A small proportion of celiac disease patients with severe malnutrition and weight loss, the rare complication of Type 2 refractory celiac disease, on immunosuppressive medications or with other serious illnesses may be at increased risk and should consult with their physicians. Children and adults with celiac disease, like everyone in our communities, are at risk for COVID-19 infection and should exercise careful infection control practices: social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth.  From the SSCD Executive Council

  • SSCD leaders and members networking to build a better society.

  • SSCD has worked to develop a statement regarding the use of oats in products that are identified as gluten-free

  • Read SSCD's statement on the use of low gluten wafers (pub.8/17)

Latest News

SSCD Statement on Covid-19 Vaccination 
With the recent news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, patients with celiac disease are asking for guidance about the advisability of this and other Covid-19 vaccines in the context of celiac disease, an immune-mediated condition. As scientists and clinicians who care for people with celiac disease, we urge people with celiac disease to receive a Covid-19 vaccine that has met government regulatory approval.
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Aryl hydrocarbon receptor ligand production by the gut microbiota is decreased in celiac disease leading to intestinal inflammation

The advantage of a high-tryptophan diet
Although 40% of the worldwide population express celiac disease susceptibility genes, only 1% will develop the disorder, suggesting a role for environmental factors, including the gut microbiota. Lamas et al. show that celiac disease is associated with an impaired capacity of the gut microbiota to metabolize tryptophan into aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligands in patients with celiac disease. Gluten-induced immunopathology in mice expressing a celiac disease susceptibility gene was ameliorated after AhR pathway activation by a high-tryptophan diet, or by treatment with a pharmacological AhR agonist or bacteria producing AhR ligands. AhR pathway modulation by the gut microbiota may have potential as a therapeutic strategy for treating celiac disease.
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Nanoparticles Show Promise as a Treatment for Celiac Disease
New study suggests gluten could be prevented from triggering the damaging immune reaction. A potential treatment for celiac disease in which nanoparticles act like a Trojan horse and carry a hidden component of gluten to reprogram the immune system not to react has shown positive early results in a new clinical trial. Click here for more.

New Frontiers In Therapies For Celiac Disease
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is hosting a symposium on November 23, 2019. They welcome physicians, researchers, dietitians, nurses, and patients to this event. It is a gathering of health professionals, patients, and the celiac community to learn about the latest advancements of the disease. Learn more and register here.

AGA researcher of the month, SSCD President-Elect Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, AGAF
In a touching video interview, Dr. Lebwohl recalls the moment he learned of his AGA Research Foundation funding and what it has meant for his career. Click here for more.

SSCD member Dr. Bana Jabri's major discovery
Dr. Bana Jabri discovers how a virus can trigger celiac disease. Read about how a Seemingly Innocuous Virus Can Trigger Celiac Disease.

SSCD Executice Council Officers for 2019- 2021
President: Ciaran Kelly, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
President-elect: Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS, Columbia University, New York, USA
Secretary: Alessio Fasano, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
Treasurer: Dawn W. Adams, MD, MS, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, USA

Visit our Leadership Page.

Our members are keeping us in the loop
SSCD thanks Dr. Kristine Novak, science writer and editor of AGA Journal, for her summary of Can Altering the Intestinal Microbiome Reduce Wheat Sensitivity, authored by Alberto Caminero, PhD and several other SSCD members.  

Congratulations to our corporate sponsor, Microdrop, on the publication of their research study evaluating the efficacy of imaware™

See SSCD Past-President, Elena Verdu's interview with Dr. Emeran Mayer on the topic of celiac disease.

Member, Dr. Marie Robert, shared news about two grants being offered by Beyond Celiac.  Learn more on our research page.

SSCD members continue to provide resources and information to help the GI community understand celiac disease.  Visit our Educational Resources CD Management section for links to intersting content.

Congratulations are in Order
Congratulations Drs. Premsyl Bercik and Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez of McMaster University on receiving the SSCD Investigator Award.  This award was made possible with the support of the Nestle Research Center. The Award is intended to support a research project on a basic, translational, or clinical topic related to the investigation of NCG/WS pathophysiology, distinct clinical characteristics, implications of gut microbiota, epithelial barrier and/or innate immunity.

SSCD congratulates Dr. Marisa Gallant Stahl of the University of Colorado Children’s Hospital, recipient of the SSCD-Beyond Celiac Early Career Research Award.  The two-year grant awarded for a project to comprise basic, clinical, translational, behavioral or epidemiological research in celiac disease.  SSCD commends all applicants on the proposals submitted and greatly appreciates the support of Beyond Celiac for this important research initiative.

A new member benefit: Visit our Educational Resources page for a link to the WGO Ask a Librarian resource.   SSCD and WGO have arranged to provide you with monthly alerts to relevent research via WGO's Ask a Librarian service.  Monthly alerts will put the latest research at your fingertips.  

The society you trust to deliver relevant, useful information about celiac disease has a new name to reflect our global membership - -Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.

SSCD Members Educate

SSCD members shared their knowledge at a joint (NA)SSCD-CAG session.  Read the commentary to learn more.

SSCD publishes guideline for Celiac Disease Diagnosis in Adults. Read it, share it, use it.
A recent directive by the Vatican generated discussion about the use of low-gluten communion hosts as part of the Catholic mass.  Read SSCD's statement on the issue.

Read our latest commentary on the inclusion of oats in a gluten-free diet on our news page.

Speaking of oats: Venessa Wong, business writer for BuzzFeed referenced the SSCD oats statement in her latest article on mechanically/optically sorted oats.

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Member News

Dr. Louise Crozier and Dr. Sheila Crowe would like to announce that "Celiac Disease-Enhancing Educational Support for GI Providers in the Adult Celiac Population" abstract was accepted for poster presentation at  DDW 2019. It was submitted to AGA under category: Clinical Practice and subcategory: Guideline Adoption and Implementation and will be presented Monday May 20th from noon-2pm in the poster hall. Check out our free provider support website Celiacpegs.org

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