Letter from Alice: Celebrating Achievements and Looking Forward
As we transition into the brisk and colorful days of November, it’s a perfect time to reflect on our accomplishments and express our gratitude. With the end of our fiscal year in October, we have much to be proud of, and I’m excited to share some of the remarkable milestones that we’ve achieved because of the generous support of our community.
- Welcome Debra Silberg, MD, PhD, FACG: We are excited to welcome our new Chief Scientific Officer, Debra Silberg, MD, PhD. Dr. Silberg’s extensive expertise will be transformational in ensuring our community can live life to the fullest. With her guidance and leadership, we are poised to make even greater strides in our mission.
- Partnership with Dylan Dreyer: I’m thrilled to announce our exciting partnership with Dylan Dreyer of the 3rd Hour of TODAY. Together, we aim to raise awareness, educate, and provide hope to the millions of people affected by celiac disease. Dylan’s passion for our cause, especially in helping children and families, is truly commendable, and we’re looking forward to achieving great things together.
- International Grant-Making: We are delighted to announce that we’ve extended our support to international researchers. Thanks to your unwavering dedication, we’ve been able to make new grant commitments that will contribute to a global effort to better understand celiac disease and find a cure. In 2023 we made more than $1.6M in grants, bringing our total since 2016 to more than $3M. Those grants are funding researchers that might not have stayed in the field of celiac disease, uncovering more and more pieces of the puzzle about who gets celiac disease, why or why not, how we can test for it without a biopsy, how we might one day treat it, and how we might prevent it in the future.
- Cutting-Edge Research: Beyond Celiac has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research. We’re thrilled to inform you that our very own original research was presented at international conferences. Beyond Celiac is illuminating disparities in access to diagnosis and care and also revealing that our community is not satisfied with gluten-free diet as the only way to hopefully get and stay well. Original research with the support of our community not only highlights the significance of our work but also underscores our commitment to advancing knowledge in the field.
- Community Engagement: Our community continues to grow, and we couldn’t be happier. Throughout the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of connecting with more than 1,300 of community members who participated in our Step Beyond Celiac 5K events and our Community Summit. With three in-person events and one virtual event, we came together, united by our shared goal of finding a cure for celiac disease. Your enthusiasm and support inspire us every day.
All these achievements are possible because of your unwavering support and commitment to the mission of Beyond Celiac. We’re deeply thankful for your trust and partnership.
As we move into our fiscal year 2024, we are more motivated than ever. We are determined to keep pushing boundaries, bringing us closer to treatments and ultimately a cure for celiac disease. Our journey is far from over, and with your support, we are confident that we will have treatments beyond the gluten-free diet by 2030 so that we can eat without fear and live life to the fullest.
Thank you for being an integral part of the Beyond Celiac community. Wishing you all a wonderful November and a season filled with gratitude and joy.
Together for a cure,