From the Experts: All Things Celiac


The National Celiac Association and the Harvard Medical School Celiac Education & Research Program 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. Stay tuned for the Fall 2024 webinars!

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Please note: These are educational webinars, 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.


Getting the Most from your Gluten-Free Diet: Adaptations, Budgeting and Access for All 

Recorded May 30, 2024

Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPh, Director of Nutrition, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Mass General for Children; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; and Senior Health and Research Advisor, Greater Boston Food Bank, discussed the increased risk of food insecurity and its clinical presentation in children and adolescents on special diets, such as celiac disease, and highlight current work being done to improve access to food assistance programs. Soran R. Bozorg, MD, who is pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Economics at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, discussed the effects of the high cost of the gluten-free diet and the general economic burden to individuals with celiac disease and societies worldwide. Carla CarterOTR/L, Director of Outreach and Programming with the National Celiac Association, addressed fighting hunger in the nationwide gluten-free population and how individuals can cleverly adapt to a gluten-free diet in cost-effective ways, touching on food access, shopping, storing and preparing gluten-free food.

Chris Rich, Executive Director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar, which was moderated by Vanessa Weisbrod, Chief Education and Community Engagement Officer for the Celiac Disease Foundation. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Is it Celiac Disease and Something Else, or Something Else Entirely? SIBO, IBS, and Other Intestinal Disorders

Recorded February 29, 2024

Other than active celiac disease due to gluten exposure, there are many reasons for ongoing symptoms, including food intolerances, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), diet changes, co-existing or inflammatory diseases, and diseases that are unrelated to celiac disease. Amelie Therrien, MD, MSc, expert celiac gastroenterologist at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, reviewed some of these conditions as well as celiac mimickers (conditions other than celiac disease that damage the small intestine and/or elevate tissue transglutaminase). Registered dietitian Christy Moran, MS, RD, discussed the existing evidence for diet therapies to address the commonly seen irritable bowel syndrome and SIBO. The most promising clinical drug trials to address ongoing symptoms in patients with celiac disease were highlighted by Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD, Director of Research for the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Chris Rich, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar. Katherine Olshan, MD, expert celiac gastroenterologist at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Mass General for Children moderated. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Building a Strong Foundation: Celiac Disease and Bone Health

Recorded November 2023

Bone health is a crucial topic for both children and adults with celiac disease, as bone can be adversely affected due to the inflammatory process and malabsorption of key nutrients. Deborah Mitchell, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at Mass General for Children (MGfC), and Julio C. Bai, MD, adult gastroenterologist and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the Research Institute of Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, addressed the prevalence and types of bone disease in the adult and pediatric celiac populations, testing methods, and treatment options, including lifestyle modifications for bone health. Katarina Mollo, MEd, RDN, LDN, clinical dietitian at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MGfC, discussed the importance of the gluten-free diet and the use of supplements, where appropriate.

Chris Rich, CEO and executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar, which was moderated by Daniel Leffler, MD, expert celiac gastroenterologist at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Close Connections in Autoimmunity: Thyroid Disorders and Celiac Disease

Recorded October 2023

Thyroid disease and celiac disease are closely linked as two autoimmune diseases and commonly occur together. Two experts in the endocrinology field presented current findings and guidance to address challenges for adults and children who are managing both conditions. Ari Wassner, MD, Medical Director of the Thyroid Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, covered epidemiology, incidence, and screening of thyroid disease and celiac disease in children and adults and share newest research in the thyroid field. James Hennessey, MD, Director of Clinical Endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, addressed the impact of celiac disease on patients with thyroid disease, potential long-term complications and treatment strategies.

Giuseppe Barbesino, MD, of the Mass General Endocrinology Unit/Thyroid Associates, moderated the session. Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar. A Q&A followed the presentations.

Unbalanced Eating: The Spectrum of Eating Disorders with Gluten-Related Conditions

Recorded April 2023

Research shows that disordered eating patterns are more common in people with gluten-related conditions. Three experts presented current findings and guidance on both conditions. Elana Bern, MD, MPH, co-director of the Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake (ARFID) Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, covered screening, diagnosis, and medical care of eating-disordered behavior, including ARFID, in gluten-related disorders. Rose-Marie Satherley, PhD, a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey, discussed the intersection between diet-controlled conditions and disordered eating. Registered dietitian Janelle Smith, MS, RDN, CEDS, from UCLA’s Division of Digestive Diseases, covered nutritional concerns in restrictive eating patterns in patients with digestive disorders.

Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, nutrition coordinator at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, moderated. Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar. A Q&A session followed.

Living Well with Celiac Disease and Diabetes Mellitus

Recorded February 2023

Together Caitlin Colling, MD, adult endocrinologist at MassGeneral for Children (MGfC), and Janaki Vakharia, MD, senior combined adult and pediatric endocrinology fellow at MGH and MGfC, covered the importance of screening and diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in the celiac population and the medical care of diabetes in pediatrics, young adults, and adults. Registered Dietitian Sharon Weston, MS, RD, LDN, CSP, FAND, from the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, addressed nutritional concerns and challenges of adhering to the gluten-free diet while managing diabetes effectively.

Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar, which was moderated by Ciarán P. Kelly, MD, medical director of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Diagnosing and Predicting Celiac Disease: Clinical Pearls from International Celiac Disease Symposium 2022

Recorded November 2022

During our second Fall 2022 “Ask the Experts” webinar, three clinicians presented updates on diagnosing and predicting celiac disease, including developments from the 2022 International Celiac Disease Symposium in Sorrento, Italy.

Denis Chang, MD, MS, pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), focused on the clinical challenges of diagnosis and the array of consumer testing kits for celiac disease and genetic information. Amelie Therrien, MD, gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, examined diagnostic alternatives to the current tool of endoscopy with biopsy. Focusing on the prevention of celiac disease, clinical director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral for Children Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc, presented findings on the gut microbiome and other areas of research.

Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar, which was moderated by Dascha Weir, MD, associate director of the Celiac Disease Program at BCH. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Advancing Celiac Research Through Patient Participation and Industry Partnership

Recorded September 2022

Patients, clinicians, scientists and industry partners all contribute to the research effort to find treatment alternatives to the gluten-free diet. Speakers will present the latest research and talk about the importance of patient participation in clinical trials.

Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, AGAF, gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and senior medical director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, joined Francisco Leon, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Provention Bio, to present a research update on emerging technologies to diagnose and monitor celiac disease and alternative treatments in their experimental stages. Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, talked about the use of gluten in clinical trials.

Lee Graham, executive director of the National Celiac Association, introduced the webinar, was moderated by Alessio Fasano, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Mass General for Children. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Elite and Everyday Athletes with Celiac Disease: Eating for Fitness at All Ages

Recorded May 2022

Whether you’re an elite athlete, a weekend competitor, or you enjoy an evening stroll, leading an active healthy life is important for everyone, including those with celiac disease. Board-certified sports dietitian Mary Ellen Kelly, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, and Tara McCarthy, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Nutrition Supervisor at the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, talked about fueling our bodies throughout the day and eating the right foods to sustain us through physical activity. Concerning signs of celiac disease in pediatric patients, such as repeat injuries, fractures, and low bone density, were addressed. Caroline Johnson, a Division 1 distance runner at Lafayette University living with celiac disease, shared her experience managing the gluten-free diet while competing at the college level.

Lee Graham, executive director of the NCA, introduced the webinar, and Samuel A. Frank, MD, a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, moderated the session. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Aging Well with Celiac Disease

Recorded April 2022

What are the specific medical needs and concerns of a person living with celiac disease as they age? What nutritional deficiencies are more common in the older adult and how can we address them? How shall we approach long-term care for the best outcome? Joseph Murray, MD, expert celiac gastroenterologist and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and Katarina Mollo, MEd, RD, LDN, Director of Education for the National Celiac Association delved into critical questions that affect each and every person living with celiac disease.

Lee Graham, executive director of the NCA, introduced the webinar, and Ciarán P. Kelly, MD, Director of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, moderated the session. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Celiac Disease and Your Reproductive Health

Recorded February 2022

Are you pregnant, thinking about starting a family, or caring for an infant? 

How does celiac disease—treated or untreated—affect the reproductive health of both women and men? Fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth are some of the topics addressed by Maureen Leonard, MD, from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Amelie Therrien, MD, and Marcela Banegas, MD, from the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). They reviewed the latest data on celiac-related symptoms and the impact on the quality of life in patients with celiac disease during pregnancy and how genetics might contribute to the development of celiac disease.

Lee Graham, executive director of the NCA, introduced the webinar, and Dascha Weir, MD, Clinical Director of the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, moderated the session. A Q&A session followed the presentations.