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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Get the Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines and Celiac Disease

Join the National Celiac Association (NCA) and the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program for a discussion on celiac disease and COVID-19 vaccines. The second webinar in our “All Things Celiac” 2021 series will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:00pm EST. Speakers will present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for Q&A.

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. 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, will lead 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.

Dr. Ofer Levy discusses the vaccine rollout here:  As a member of the FDA Advisory Panel, Dr. Levy discusses the vote to approve the Pfizer vaccine here:

Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, will introduce the webinar and Dr. Dascha Weir, pediatric gastroenterologist in the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Celiac Disease Program, will moderate the session. Please submit general questions when you register or during the webinar on the Zoom platform.

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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); 1.5 CEUs for Registered Nurses. CEU certificates will be sent to participants via email after completion of webinar.

Save The Dates!

Thursday, April 15: “Gluten-Free Farm to Table: Delicious, Nutritious and Affordable Options for Whole Food.” A closer look at local, seasonal produce, home herb gardens, and healthy gluten-free dishes featuring gluten-free grains with a registered dietitian and chef

Wednesday, May 25: “Research Roundup: Promising Therapies for Celiac Disease” – A panel with gastroenterologists from the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Celiac Program, and the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital, will highlight the latest research from Digestive Disease Week for treatment alternatives to the gluten-free diet.

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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