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Free Webinar: You Ask, We Answer: 60 Minutes with Top Celiac Disease Researchers

NFCA’s special three-part non-celiac gluten sensitivity webinar series culminates with top researchers answering the gluten-free community’s most pressing questions. Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, of The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Joseph Murray, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, will share their expertise as they respond to your questions. This webinar will include live polling for a more interactive experience.

Question Submission Extended: To submit a question for the expert panelists, email Kristin Voorhees at kvoorhees@beyondceliac.org by Friday, November 23. Please note that this opportunity is intended for general questions about research and developments in the fields of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Personal or inappropriate questions will not be included in the question pool.

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Where: Your computer

Time: 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST

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Supported by a generous anonymous donor with a passionate interest in health and wellness.

About the Panelists:

Daniel Leffler, MDDaniel A. Leffler, MD, MS
Director of Clinical Research, The Celiac Center at BIDMC
Director of Quality Assurance, Division of Gastroenterology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

My efforts in celiac disease span both clinical and translational areas involving clinical outcomes and the development of novel non-invasive tests of celiac disease activity including the creation of disease specific survey tools assessing diet adherence, symptoms, and quality of life.  The survey instruments in particular are used worldwide and have been translated into a number of languages.  I am currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a K23 grant assessing non-invasive markers of celiac disease activity, with a related R03 in review.  I am also a close collaborator with both Dr. Detlef Schuppan in his work elucidating basic immunologic mechanisms of celiac disease and with the celiac group at Children’s Hospital. In addition, I am currently the PI on multiple industry-sponsored studies creating and evaluating celiac disease study outcomes and potential therapies.  I have served as the Celiac Center Fellowship Director since 2010 and we currently train two fellows per year in a 1-2 year research and clinical training program.  My book on celiac disease, ‘Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free’ was published by the American Gastroenterological Association Press in May 2010 and won an ‘Indie Book Award’ in 2011.  Finally, my work in celiac disease has led to both national and international recognition and I currently serve as the secretary for The North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and on the international ‘Oslo Group’ developing consensus statements for celiac disease and related disorders. 

Joseph A. Murray, MDJoseph A. Murray, MD

Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Born in Ireland, Dr. Murray attended medical school at the National University of Ireland in Galway (1983-1984) followed by internal medicine training at Trinity College in Dublin (1984-1986) and internal medicine and gastroenterology training at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin (1986-1988).  He further trained at the University of Iowa as a Fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (1988-1990), and earned his Doctorate of Medicine by thesis from the National University of Ireland in Galway in 1992.  Dr. Murray was on the faculty of the University of Iowa from 1990-1998, attaining the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine.  In 1998, he joined Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and is a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Immunology.  He was appointed Professor of Medicine in 2004 and designated a research Clinician Investigator in January 2010.  Dr. Murray has a strong background and experience in basic and clinical gastroenterology, focusing primarily on celiac disease and immune-related disorders of the small intestine.  Dr. Murray is a member of many national/international professional scientific committees and review boards, including membership in the Gastrointestinal Mucosal Pathobiology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He has served on editorial boards of several journals and is a senior associate editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He is the author/co-author of more than 220 scientific publications and 30 chapters.   His work is funded by the NIH, private foundations and commercial entities.  He is president elect and founding member of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, a fellow of the American Gastroenterologic Association and American College of Gastroenterology and a member of American Association of Immunology, American Motility Society, and serves on advisory boards for lay support groups and consults with several companies on the topic of celiac disease.  His current work spans basic and translational research in the realm of celiac disease focusing on immunology, genetics of the disease and immune responses to food proteins.


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