Get the Skinny on Gluten-free Diets at the International Celiac Disease Symposium

The International Celiac Disease Symposium will be held in Chicago on Sept. 22-25, 2013.

The International Celiac Disease Symposium will be held in Chicago on Sept. 22-25, 2013.

Going gluten-free is all the rage. Celebrities are touting the supposed health benefits of cutting gluten from their diets, gluten-free menus are popping up at restaurants and even cereal companies are using it as an advertising ploy.

But is it really good for you and your family?

The world’s leading experts on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders will be gathering in Chicago this September 22-25 to answer this question and more at the 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium (ICDS). The symposium, hosted by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, is the largest celiac disease and gluten-related disorders conference in the world. The meeting, which follows the 2011 conference in Oslo, Norway, is the first one being held in the United States since 2006.

The Chicago meeting seeks to address the interests of those affected by celiac disease and gluten-related disorders — from physicians, researchers and clinicians to patients, their families and friends. The meeting will bring together the world’s top scientists and physicians to discuss the most recent scientific advances in managing and treating celiac disease and gluten-related disorders, while a separate clinical forum will be held to further educate dietitians, clinicians, and patients.

Stefano Guandalini, MD

“We are thrilled to be hosting this unique and important gathering and expect groundbreaking research to be unveiled that will directly impact the prevention of and perhaps cure of celiac disease,” said Stefano Guandalini, MD, co-chairman of ICDS 2013 and founder and medical director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. “The interaction between scientists, clinicians and consumers makes for a robust and interactive forum, unlike any other meeting.”

ICDS Chicago will feature two educational tracks:

  • The Scientific Forum is designed for those in active research roles in the area of celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. This is a forum for these researchers and physicians to debate and discuss new theories and data on topics selected by the Scientific Committee.
  • The Clinical Forum is designed for physicians, registered dietitians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and those living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. The program will allow participants to learn about the latest research and scientific advances from leading experts. Presentations are geared for practical application in both clinical settings and everyday living. Additionally, the track will explore subjects such as public policy, psychology and the problems surrounding celiac disease in emerging countries. Sessions will allow ample time for Q&A and interactive discussion.

Science Life will be featuring some of the new research presented at the symposium in the coming months, and we’ll be reporting back from some of the scientific sessions during the conference.

Registration fees vary for students, physicians, researchers and the general public. For more information, including registration, travel, CME and abstract submission, visit ICDS website at:

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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