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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease

March 17th, 2020

Get informed about the coronavirus pandemic as it relates to chronic conditions, and check out prevention and self-care tips, plus our list of curated resources for autoimmune disease and mental health.

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Past Events

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Biennial Celiac Disease Symposium


March 6-7th, 2020
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Faculty House
Columbia University
New York City, NY

Celiac disease, now and the future, is an international symposium hosted by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. This is a scientific program designed for those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease, including physicians, scientists, industry (pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and food & agriculture) and investor/venture capitalists.

Celiac disease is very common, affecting about 1% of the population.  Current therapy is dietary; however, there is increasing interest in non-dietary alternatives.  This conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease.

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Congressional Briefing on Celiac Disease!

Tues, January 14th, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC 268)

Panelists, including the Celiac Group from Children’s National, spoke up about the serious need for federal funding to fuel medical research.

The session was recorded and is now available to watch!

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Microbiome: Therapeutic Implications
Killarney, Ireland

October 2019 Conference

The gut microbiome is integral to our mental and physical health. Certain autoimmune diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and type 1 diabetes, exhibit microbiomes that differ from those of healthy individuals.

As microbiome research steadily increases, a massive amount of data on the communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit our bodies is being collected. And not surprisingly, what we’re learning as we move forward is just how much we don’t know about these organisms and the complex ecosystems they’re a part of.

How do we harness what we do know to design successful therapies that prevent and manage disease, optimizing the health of our population?

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Gluten-Free Education Day and Expo
Washington, DC

Sun, October 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

The annual EXPO is back! 60+ gluten-free food manufacturers and restaurants sampling the best foods on the market!

Full-day of educational sessions with forums for children and adults that focus on cooking, health and nutrition, as well as research/science concerning gluten-related conditions.

Cooking stage with gluten-free cooking lessons!

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International Celiac Disease Symposium
Paris, France

September 2019 Conference


Celiac disease may be the most widely known autoimmune condition, but there are still many questions to be answered about genetics, microbiota, diagnostics, the gluten-free diet, and other potential treatments. At the September 2019 ICDS Conference in Paris, France, many of the foremost experts in celiac disease presented their work on various topics to rooms full of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, dieticians, and celiac-related organizations and programs. It was a packed few days, illuminating a number of controversies in the realm of celiac disease, IBS, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

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Digestive Disease Week
San Diego, CA

May 2019 Conference

Digestive diseases are acute or chronic conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. They range from autoimmune diseases like celiac and Crohn’s to pancreatic and liver cancers, Barrett’s esophagus, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The May 2019 DDW Conference in San Diego, California supported the largest international gathering of top physicians, researchers, and industry leaders in the fields of gastroenterology, endoscopy, hepatology, and gastrointestinal surgery. They discussed advancements in autoimmune and other diseases related to the gastrointestinal system, as well as what the future holds for diagnosis and treatment of these types of conditions.

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Controversies in Rheumatology & Autoimmunity
Florence, Italy

March 2019 Conference


As the root cause of autoimmunity is still being explored, we are constantly examining the way this category of diseases is diagnosed, managed, and treated. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and as such, there is ample room for debates on topics like pharmaceutical drugs, diagnostic tests, and disease risk factors. 

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Walkway at the Salk Institute, San Diego, CA for Microbes within the Host Conference

Microbes within the Host at Salk Institute
San Diego, CA

January 2019 Conference


Our understanding of the human body and the way it interacts with the environment has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. The discovery that microbes – including fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites – were responsible for terrible disease, led us to wage war on pathogens and greatly improve human health. But we are now realizing that most microorganisms are not harmful and in fact, are completely essential to human life. The blooming field of microbiome science is shifting perspectives on the way we live and the way we view the natural world.

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