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United We Stand! Medical Experts Unite for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
March 7, 2012
Last week, leading doctors, scientists, researchers in the field of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity announced the formation of a new group—the North American Medical Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (NASSCD).
From where I stand, this is promising news for the gluten-free community. At last, our medical and scientific experts are uniting to speak with one voice for the betterment of all those who are gluten free.
What’s really encouraging is that the group is giving gluten sensitivity equal weight with celiac disease in terms of focus. Its stated mission is to “advance the fields of celiac disease and gluten-related disorders” through research and excellent clinical care, which includes diagnosing and treating patients.
Frankly, the gluten-free community has a history of being contentious and even uncooperative in terms of working together for our common good. I’m not talking about those who are living gluten free but about various national celiac groups that represent us. Seeing our medical experts unite to form this organization is very heartening, indeed.
Congratulations to well-known celiac expert Dr. Stefano Guandalini from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center for being elected the group’s first president, and to celiac expert Dr. Joseph Murray from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for serving as president elect. (We’re proud to have both Dr. Guandalini and Dr. Murray on our masthead as medical advisors!)
According to a press release, here’s what the group lists as its preliminary activities:
- Organize educational, training and scientific gatherings for the medical and scientific communities;
- Encourage careers in the field of celiac disease by promoting education, training and mentoring of clinical practitioners and researchers;
- Develop funding by private and public sources for research and to use a peer-review process to award grants;
- Provide leadership in the development of clinical and research protocols to help assure early detection, proper treatment and scientific progress;
- Provide patient-support groups with scientifically sound information about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Fingers crossed for great things to be accomplished for the gluten-free community. United we stand!
For more about this new group, check out its website at nasscd.org.