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3 February, 2012 - London

CD-Medics at the Coeliac UK Research Conference: “Coeliac disease: new approaches to diagnosis, prevention and practice”

Over 100 healthcare professionals and researchers attended the Coeliac UK research conference held in central London on Friday 3 February.

The conference played an important role in bringing together those interested in coeliac disease research to discuss developments and new ideas for research, and it attracted many gastroenterologists, other physicians, nurses and dietitians, as well as representatives from coeliac societies across Europe and academics conducting scientific research in coeliac disease to the event. The programme provided an insightful update on coeliac disease research and policy developments. Topics covered included a panel discussion on new European paediatric diagnostic criteria for coeliac disease, misdiagnosis with irritable bowel syndrome, gluten in infants’ diets, the spectrum of gluten sensitivity and nurse-led coeliac clinics.

There was a discussion regarding the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition guidance (ESPGHAN 2009) on the most appropriate time to introduce gluten into an infant's diet as well as a contentious debate surrounding the introduction of new diagnostic criteria for children and adolescents from ESPGHAN that challenge current UK practice, place greater emphasis on serological testing and may reduce the number of children diagnosed by duodenal biopsy. Adoption of the revised guidance will require careful consideration by professional and national health bodies and with reference to specialist paediatric services to ensure that diagnosis of coeliac disease in childhood remains a robust process.

CD-Medics project materials were exhibited at the conference venue and many visitors showed interest in the new e-learning module for health care professionals.

Seventh Framework Programme Priority. Personal Health Systems for Monitoring and Point-of-Care Diagnostics.
Collaborative Project - Large Scale Integrating Project
Grant Agreement nş: 216031