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Jul 24, 2019

The State of Celiac Event held by the Canadian Celiac Association in May was a valuable opportunity for researchers, food producers, physicians and dieticians to present their work to each other, network, and advance the interests of those with celiac disease.  I am pleased to be speaking with one of the presenters on this episode – Dr. Daniel Leffler of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Medical Director leading up the Celiac Disease Program at Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Leffler spoke with me about the different streams of current research.  We talked about the practicality of the different treatments and cures being investigated, as well as the impact on quality of life for celiac patients.  Our discussion highlighted the diverse approaches being taken to find a cure, as well as comparing celiac with other conditions, and what makes this a particularly challenging disease to overcome.

I was left with a real sense of hope that doctors and researchers are pursuing different strategies to find a cure, and improve our quality of life.  The gluten free diet is an imperfect treatment, and it’s comforting to realize that the medical/research community is looking beyond the gluten free diet for a cure.


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