Approximately 1% of the world’s population have celiac disease. Hear one patient's story on the realities of her symptoms and diagnosis, as well as how she received world-class treatment at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Mass General for Children.
Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 6B
32 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: Thursday Clinic 9:00am - 5:00pm
To get to our clinic, it is most convenient to put 32 Fruit Street in your navigation and park in the Yawkey Garage. You will enter the lobby, take the Yawkey elevator to the 6th floor and head to your left in the corridor. You will then see the sign for Suite 6B on your left. It is also possible to park at 55 Fruit Street. As you exit the garage, you will see the main entrance is straight ahead. To access the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, turn left and the Yawkey building is straight ahead. You will see a sign for the main entrance of Yawkey.
About the Center
Schedule a Virtual Visit
Our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure office visits and procedures are welcoming and safe. Your/your child's health and safety is our top priority. Our center is invested in providing resources for patients with celiac disease during these challenging times, and collecting preliminary data on COVID-19 and celiac disease. Learn more.
Our team provides patients with virtual visits using video-based programs over a secure Internet connection to the patient’s desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Virtual visits give our patients and families a direct video link with their doctor without having to travel for an appointment. Patients may discuss symptoms and clarify treatment plans from the comfort of their home or another private setting. To arrange a virtual visit, please call 617-724-8476.Learn more about virtual visits
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 and Treatment.
Celiac Disease Research
Through ongoing research and clinical trials, the Center is helping health care professionals to recognize celiac disease and helping patients with celiac disease 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 Currently Recruiting Newborns to Study Celiac Disease
The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MGfC is currently recruiting for an exciting research study 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 may one day be able to predict and/or prevent the onset of celiac disease.
A 14-Day Gluten Challenge Research Study
What happens to a celiac patient if or when they are re-exposed to gluten? Researchers are uncovering answers through a number of initiatives, including exposing study participants to gluten during a 14-day challenge. The center is enrolling patients ages 18 to 75 with biopsy-proven celiac disease who have been on a gluten-free diet for at least 6 months. Participation includes six visits over 15 weeks.
Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center
The Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center (MIBRC) conducts basic research in the field of mucosal immunology. Currently, 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.
Led by Dr. Alessio Fasano, the Center includes a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, dietitians and nurses who work together to develop individualized treatment plans for people with celiac disease.
Patients with celiac disease and their families also receive lifestyle counseling and dietary support to help them avoid foods containing gluten.
Meet the Team
Learn more about our team of researchers and clinicians.
- W. Allan Walker Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
- Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Director, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
- Director, Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center; Associate Chief for Basic, Clinical and Translational Research
- Clinical Director, Center for Celiac Research & Treatment
- Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
- Instructor, Harvard Medical School
- Assistant in Pediatrics, MGH
- Member, Center for Celiac Research & Treatment
- Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Dietitian
- Instructor, Harvard Medical School
- Clinical Director, Pediatric Mind Body Medicine Program
- Member, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Harvard
- Patient Education
- Jun | 30 | 2022
Part of the Solution: What It’s Like to Participate in a Clinical Research Study (Gluten Challenge) on Celiac Disease
Currently, a gluten-free diet is the only treatment available for someone who has been clinically diagnosed with celiac disease. What happens to a celiac patient if or when they are temporarily re-exposed to gluten?