Thanks to the support of generous donors, Mass General's Center for Celiac Research and Treatment continues to advance treatment, research and education for celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

The year 2017 has been a great one for the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment. With your generous support, we continue to advance treatment, research and education for celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

Research Highlights

Current research includes our CDGEMM (Celiac Disease, Genomic, Environmental, Microbiome and Metabolomic) Study with more than half of our target of 500 babies enrolled. Through generous private support, Stefania Senger, PhD, is now building intestinal organoids to study celiac disease and other conditions including necrotizing enterocolitis, which is devastating to premature infants.

Other cutting-edge research includes investigating the communication between the brain and the “little brain,” the enteric nervous system, in the gut. Dr. M. Fiorentino’s lab shows for the first time that an altered blood-brain barrier and impaired intestinal barrier could play a role in autism spectrum disorder. Our ongoing participation in the MGH Research Institute’s Microbiome Think Tank is creating fruitful collaborations with other institutions and industry partners.

As always, we had an extremely busy year with wide-ranging media interviews, including radio, TV, film, podcasts and other outlets.

Outreach Efforts

In April, we had the inaugural meeting of the Celiac Advisory Board with volunteer leaders from across the U.S. helping to raise funds and awareness for celiac disease. Also in April, we held a second biennial celiac disease symposium in Norwood, Mass., with our hospital partners in the Harvard Medical School Celiac Research Program and the National Celiac Association. In September, the Center spearheaded efforts to organize a task force to expedite the delivery of gluten-free food to disaster victims.

And as always, we had an extremely busy year with wide-ranging media interviews, including radio, TV, film, podcasts and other outlets. Selected interviews of myself; our clinical director, Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc; and our dietitian, Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, are listed below:

To learn more about how you can support research and treatments designed to improve the lives of those with celiac disease and related disorders, please contact us.

Alessio Fasano, MD is chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.