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Center for Celiac Research and Treatment

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with celiac disease, while learning the cause of the disease and finding a cure.
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Overview

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Our commitment

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with celiac disease, while learning the cause of the disease and finding a cure. The Center provides comprehensive clinical care and long-term support for adults and children who suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease, a genetically based autoimmune disease, affects 1 out of every 133 people in the United States. Learn more about the mission of the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment.

State-of-the-art treatment

Led by Dr. Alessio Fasano, the Center includes a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, dieticians and nurses who work together to develop individualized treatment plans for people with celiac disease.

Celiac patients and their families also receive life-style counseling and dietary support to help them avoid foods containing gluten.

Celiac disease research

Through ongoing research and clinical trials, the Center is helping health care professionals to recognize celiac disease and helping celiac patients to better manage their symptoms.

Center scientists are working to develop a cure and an alternative treatment to the gluten free diet. In addition, the Center is investigating possible links between celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases.


Center Announces Observational Trial to Study Celiac Disease in Newborns

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MGHfC is excited to announce the launch of our new research project known as the CDGEMM study! Newborns and infants who have a first-degree relative (father, mother, or sibling) with diagnosed celiac disease are eligible to participate. This multi-center effort is aimed at identifying patterns in gut bacteria that can be manipulated to ultimately prevent the onset of celiac disease.


Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center

The Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center (MIBRC) conducts basic research in the field of mucosal immunology. Currently, nine primary investigators work on related issues ranging from Salmonella food poisoning to intestinal inflammatory diseases and the associated immune-mediated conditions. Learn more about the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center.

Meet the Team

Patient Education

  • Celiac & Children

    Information about children and celiac disease, including symptoms at different ages, what to tell your doctor, getting tested, and more.

  • Treatment of Celiac Disease

    Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person who has celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the individual's immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body.

  • Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act

    The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) was signed into law in August 2004 and became effective January 2006.

  • Talking to Your Doctor

    How to talk with your doctor about celiac disease, including recommended blood tests for celiac disease, misdiagnoses and more.

  • Resources for People with Celiac Disease

    The Center for Celiac Research works to increase the awareness of celiac disease among health care professionals including primary and subspecialty physicians, nurses, dietitians, public and private health care providers, food regulatory agencies, legislators and the general population.

News

  • New guidelines for "gluten-free" - 8/8/2014, Mass General

    The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrated a milestone Aug. 5, when new Food and Drug Administration standards for gluten-free labeling went into effect.

  • Clearing Up Confusion About Following a Gluten-Free Diet - 7/3/2014, Mass General

    In this news segment with Dr. Mallika Marshall from WBZ-TV Boston, Dr. Alessio Fasano, joined by patient Sharone Jelden, talks about diagnosis and treatment for celiac disease and who benefits from following a gluten-free diet.

  • Dr. Fasano Featured on MSNBC Talk on Leaky Gut and Painkillers - 4/22/2014, Mass General

    Overuse of popular NSAIDs is associated with intestinal permeability, which is a condition associated with celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders. Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, discusses the implications of using popular pain medication in relation to gluten-related disorders and exercise.

  • Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School - 12/10/2013, Mass General

    People with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders soon will have something to celebrate with the recent launch of the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School. Advancing basic and clinical research is the main goal of the partnership of experts in celiac care from Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with collaboration in clinical and training initiatives.

  • Gluten-Free Diet Myths Examined in HuffPo - 5/20/2013, Mass General

    Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, separates the myths from the realities about the gluten-free diet in this video with Huffington Post science editor Jacqueline Howard.

  • Expanding the Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders - 4/15/2013, Research

    Transcending the disciplines of microbiology, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s research focuses on the mucosal biology of the gut. By focusing on the “cross talk” between enteric pathogens and their hosts, Dr. Fasano’s group has elucidated various organs and cell functions involved in health and disease, including inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

  • Make Gluten-Free Food Safe for Patients and Consumers - 4/1/2013, Mass General

    Calling for action on the final steps before implementation of safe gluten-free labeling regulations, Dr. Alessio Fasano joined Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) in an Op-Ed published in the Huffington Post Healthy Living section on April 3.

  • Who Has the Guts for Gluten? - 2/23/2013, Mass General

    New York Times article features Alessio Fasano, MD, of the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

  • Center for Celiac Research Joins MassGeneral Hospital for Children - 1/24/2013, Mass General

    The Center for Celiac Research, under the leadership of Alessio Fasano, MD, has moved from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in Boston.

  • Dr. Fasano: Gluten Sensitivity Biomarker Likely Coming Soon - 1/23/2013, Mass General

    Prominent celiac disease and gluten sensitivity researcher Dr. Alessio Fasano says he's "confident" that a clinical trial now underway will pinpoint a biological marker, or biomarker, for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and that discovery should pave the way for the development of diagnostic tests for the condition.

  • Guidance on Probiotics - 1/11/2013, Mass General

    Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research, provides guidance on the use of probiotics in the treatment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder at autismspeaks.org.

  • Interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano on the Center for Celiac Research — Past & Future - 1/7/2013, Mass General

    Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research, speaks with Jules Shepard on The Gluten Free Voice Radio Show to discuss the Center’s future and the move to MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Contact

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Center for Celiac Research

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 6B55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
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  • Phone: 617-724-8476
  • Fax: 617-643-2384

Senior Director of Development

Ellen Heath Plapinger
eplapinger@partners.org
617-726-0402

Communications Manager

Susie Flaherty
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617-643-2225

 

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