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

On February 11, 2018, a joint NASSCD-CAG session on celiac disease was held at the annual Canadian Digestive Disease Week meeting in Toronto, Canada. NASSCD 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:
 
 “Excellent”
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“Better approach to long-term follow up. Great session.” 
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“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.”
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“More aware of NRCD.”
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“Considering repeat biopsies after 2-3 years of GF diet, even if serology has normalized.”
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“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.”
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“New drugs will offer therapy to reduce exposure to gluten.”
 


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