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August 24, 2011

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Update: Need has been filled. Call for participants is now closed.Adult relatives of celiacs needed to test the usefulness of a new self-administered blood test.

Update: Need has been filled. Call for participants is now closed.

The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is looking for adults who have relatives with celiac disease but have notbeen diagnosed with celiac disease and are not on a gluten-free diet. Researchers are interested in testing the usefulness of a new investigational self-administered fingerstick blood test for celiac disease.

People who participate will be sent a packet with a fingerstick celiac test and a short survey. The survey and the test will be sent back to the Celiac Center at BIDMC in the provided envelope. Participation is expected to take less than 20 minutes. Please note that the fingerstick test is investigational (not FDA approved) and should not be used for celiac disease diagnosis.

BIDMC has a limited number of test kits available. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 2 kits per person.

This study is completely anonymous and BIDMC will not have any way to tell who was tested with these kits. The study is being conducted by Dr. Leffler at BIDMC and is being sponsored by 2G Pharma.

Participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • A first or second degree relative with celiac disease
  • Not previously diagnosed with celiac disease
  • Not on a gluten-free diet or low-gluten diet within the past 3 months
  • Able and willing to self administer the test, complete a short survey form and return both in the provided envelope
  • Willingness to have follow up medical evaluation in the event of a positive test

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