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Commentary:Symposium - SSCD-Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG)

On February 11, 2018, a joint SSCD-CAG session on celiac disease was held at the annual Canadian Digestive Disease Week meeting in Toronto, Canada. SSCD president Dr. Elena Verdu and Treasurer Dr. Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez from McMaster University chaired the session titled “Celiac Disease: Removing the Fog.”  Other featured speakers included NASSCD past president Dr. Peter Green (Columbia University), president-elect Dr. Ciaran Kelly (Harvard University) and NASSCD member Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl (Columbia University). The objectives of the symposium were to integrate concepts for proper clinical management and follow-up in celiac disease, and to understand the potential value of new therapeutic options for celiac disease, in addition to the gluten-free diet. Abstracts were presented at the end of the featured talks.

The symposium was very well attended, and received excellent evaluations and positive comments:
“Better approach to long-term follow up. Great session.” 
“For me, this was the highlight of the meeting: incredibly informed experts presented information that will change my practice in multiple ways, with humour and humility, and genuine passion for the topic.”
“More aware of NRCD.”
“Considering repeat biopsies after 2-3 years of GF diet, even if serology has normalized.”
“My research in Celiac Disease is greatly influenced by current celiac research and patient interest. Learning about the advances in Celiac Disease research helps to tailor the care for those patients.  I will be more prudent with prescription of strict gluten-free diet and with screening of high-risk groups.  Very good session - good review of state-of-the-art and beyond.”
“New drugs will offer therapy to reduce exposure to gluten.”

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