From the Experts: All Things Celiac

The National Celiac Association and the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School are co-hosting a series of 75-minute virtual meetings. Speakers present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.

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The Intersection of Neurology and Celiac Disease

Join the National Celiac Association (NCA) and the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program for a discussion on celiac disease and neurology. The first webinar in our “Ask the Experts: All Things Celiac” Fall 2021 series will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 1pm ET. Speakers will present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A.

A range of neurological and neuropsychological features have been associated with celiac disease, including headaches, ataxia (coordination problems), peripheral neuropathy (numbness, tingling or pain from nerve damage), cognitive challenges and “brain fog,” to name a few. Samuel Frank, MD, a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Benny Kerzner, MD, medical director of the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Hospital, will lead the discussion. Attendees will learn about the connection between our nervous system and celiac disease in pediatric and adult patients, as well as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Lee Graham, executive director of the NCA, will introduce the webinar and Alan Leichtner, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist in the Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) Celiac Disease Program and Chief Education Officer and Director of the Department of Education at BCH, will moderate the session. Please submit general questions when you register or during the webinar on the Zoom platform.

Please note: This is an educational webinar, and no information is intended for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Please seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.25 CEU for Registered Dietitians (pending). CEU certificates will be sent to participants via email after completion of webinar.

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Upcoming Webinars: Save the dates!

October 27: Dermatology and Celiac Disease: Did Gluten Cause this Rash?

November 17 or 18: Holiday Favorites: Cooking Gluten-Free

December 15: Open Mic: Ask the Docs and Dietitian

Research Roundup: Promising Novel Therapies for Celiac Disease

Three expert gastroenterologists demystify the complexities of clinical drug trials in gastrointestinal diseases and present the latest research in medical therapies for celiac disease.

Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD, from Boston Children's Hospital; Amelie Therrien, MD, from the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center (BIDMC); and Alessio Fasano, MD, from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital, include highlights on current research for evidence-based medical treatments for celiac disease.

Lee Graham, executive director of NCA, introducec the webinar, and Ciarán Kelly, MD, medical director of the Celiac Center at BIDMC, moderated the session.

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Gluten-Free Farm to Table: Delicious, Nutritious and Affordable Options for Whole Food

Straight from a farm’s greenhouse on Cape Cod, registered dietitian Nicole Cormier introduced us to this spring’s highlighted seasonal produce found at your local farmers’ markets along with simple, unique ways to prepare them. Nicole shared how local and seasonally grown food benefits your own microbiome and our environment and how to create your own kitchen or outdoor herb garden featuring easy to grow medicinal and culinary herbs.

Chef and former food editor of Bon Appétit, Kristine Kidd demonstrated easy cooking techniques for three delicious and nutrient-rich grains, enhanced with vegetables, fruits, and herbs that add diversity and flavor to the gluten-free diet. After learning these simple techniques, you’ll be cooking an endless variety of easy, elegant and gluten-free meals with the confidence of a backyard garden gourmet chef.

Lee Graham, Executive Director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar and Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LD, Nutrition Coordinator of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, moderated the session. 

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Get the Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines and Celiac Disease

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic requires understanding variations in the human immune system, how different groups are affected by the virus, and how we can leverage science to develop targeted vaccines to protect us.

On March 25th, Dr. Ofer Levy, Director of the Precisions Vaccine Program in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children's Hospital, and Dr. Lael Yonker, pediatric pulmonologist and co-founder of the Pediatric COVID-19 Biorepository at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the discussion to help attendees understand what is known about the COVID-19 virus today and how new developments will help to contain community spread of the virus.

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More Than Celiac Disease: Managing Multiple Autoimmune Conditions

Managing celiac disease presents unique medical, emotional and social challenges; having more than one autoimmune disease in an individual or family requires additional coping skills.

On February 11th, Dr. Edwin Liu, Director of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease, and Janis Arnold, MSW, LICSW, licensed social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital presented a compelling session on science and social support.

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A New Perspective: The Psychology of Dealing with a Chronic Disease

Optimum health for people with celiac disease includes good mental health. Sarah Ballou, PhD, director of Gastrointestinal Psychology Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discussed what is known and still unknown about mental health conditions among children and adults with celiac disease and how celiac disease affects health-related quality of life at diagnosis and after starting the gluten-free diet. Mary Shull, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, shared how gastrointestinal psychology treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy, is used in celiac disease as well as hands-on breathing techniques that can help common gastrointestinal symptoms.

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How Good Nutrition Feeds Our Bodies and Minds

Celiac disease dietitians Tara McCarthy, MS, RDN, LDN, of Boston Children’s Hospital; Pam Cureton, RDN, LDN, of Massachusetts General Hospital; and Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcased the nuances of gluten-free food labeling and highlighted important nutrients, explained how to optimize the gluten-free diet when faced with other food restrictions, and shared tips on how to enhance your diet and lifestyle for optimal digestion and health.

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Cooking Gluten Free with Demonstrations and Holiday Inspirations

On October 22nd, Denise Herrera, Executive Chef and VP of Food and Beverage for Burtons Grill and Bar, shared cooking skills and tips on using gluten-free bread products to create holiday food favorites, including crab-stuffed mushrooms, versatile soup stock and herbed croutons, holiday gravy, and bread pudding. Lee Graham, Executive Director of NCA, co-hosted with Chef Herrera.

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From the Experts: Latest Guidance on COVID-19 and Celiac Disease

On Wednesday September 23rd, Dr. Jonathan Li, director of the Harvard University Virology Specialty Laboratory, presented "An Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic" and Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital presented "Impact of COVID-19 on Celiac Patients." The Q&A moderator was Dr. Alan Leichtner, director of the Celiac Disease Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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