Welcome to our Spring 2017 Newsletter!

In this edition, you will meet our Clinical Director, Dr. Maureen Leonard, and learn about new scientific publications from our center. In addition, you will read about our ongoing pediatric biorepository, which has been established to study the intestinal healing process in children with celiac disease.

 Celiac Research Program members

This spring, the New England Celiac Organization, in collaboration with our Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School, put on an educational conference entitled “Medical Myths and Milestones.” Representatives from our team were in attendance both as speakers and to share information about our clinic and research.

Conference attendees enjoyed a totally gluten-free breakfast and lunch spread, sampled from delicious gluten-free vendors, and engaged in a packed-full day of lectures from experts in the field of celiac disease. The day-long schedule included exciting and informative talks that addressed numerous facets of gluten-related disorders including dental, endocrine, functional and dietary considerations, among others. We hope that all who were in attendance had as great of a time as we did!

Meet a Team Member: Maureen Leonard, MD

Learn more about Maureen Leonard, MD, Clinical Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

Immune System and Microbiome Interactions May Contribute to the Development of Celiac Disease

In a study published by our team, and lead by our recent PhD graduate Gloria Serena, an interaction was uncovered between components of the immune system and the intestinal microbiome (trillions of microbes that reside in our intestinal tract and help our body to carry out important functions like digestion). Learn more.

Italian Foods Labeled as Gluten-Free Found to Have Small Amounts of Gluten Contamination

Dr. Carlo Catassi and colleagues recently undertook a study aiming to determine the gluten content of 200 gluten-free products marketed in Italy. Learn more.

Biorepository Aims to Inform Long-Term Clinical Monitoring of Children with Celiac Disease

The aim of the Center for Celiac Research Pediatric Biorepository is to investigate biomarkers of intestinal healing in children and young adults with celiac disease. Learn more.


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