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Celiac Disease

The prevalence of celiac disease in the United States has been estimated to be as high as one in 133 individuals. That equates to between 2.5 and 3 million Americans. Only 17 percent have been diagnosed, however.

Undiagnosed celiac patients are at greater risk of osteoporosis, anemia, infertility, type-1 diabetes and other serious illnesses, in addition to suffering ongoing health problems that can compromise quality of life.

Once diagnosed, people with celiac disease often receive no instruction on the only medical intervention to treat their condition: strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life. As a result, the newly diagnosed celiac struggles to learn the diet on his/her own, often consuming gluten by mistake and delaying their recovery.

Our Mission

The mission of The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is to cure celiac disease.  As we focus on research toward the cure, we also aim at raising awareness and diagnosis rates through education and advocacy.

Dr. Guandalini with celiac patient

Our Programs 
Factsheets and Answer Bank on website provide accurate medical information to help people understand celiac disease, and counsel to physicians with questions about celiac disease. Free eBook assists the newly diagnosed in undertaking the gluten-free diet.

Gluten-Free Educational Essentials Kit Program 
Basket of sample gluten-free foods and resource materials helps to instruct dietitians and newly diagnosed patients on the gluten-free diet.

Annual Celiac Blood Screening 

Free antibody blood screening each fall draws participants from across the country. In addition to providing the free test, an expert panel offers answers and education.

Patient and Professional Education 

A team of speakers works year-round to educate medical professionals, people with celiac disease, and the public about diagnosing and treating this condition.

Preceptorship Program

We offer a two-day training course about celiac disease for physicians and other medical professionals. The intensive course includes formal instruction as well as hands-on training. 

Celiac Disease Research 

We have one of two research teams in the world that is working to understand the nature of the immune system in the gut and the earliest response of the intestine to the presence of gluten. Research toward a cure is currently under way in our dedicated celiac disease laboratory, under the direction of Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, a world-renowned celiac researcher.

Clinical Care

The University of Chicago is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive celiac center in the world. In addition to stellar research and innovative programs and services, we offer expert clinical care for both adults and children.

Our Physicians

Stefano Guandalini, MD 
Founder and Medical Director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

Hilary Jericho, MD

Sonia Kupfer, MD

Carol Semrad, MD

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