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May 15 2013

NFCA Webinar: Celiac Disease: Immunology 101 and the Drug Development Process

Celiac Disease is treated one way, with the gluten-free diet.  There are no expensive medications to pay for, just “simply” remove gluten from your diet.  In the grand scheme of things, of diseases and disorders, it could be a lot worse.  The diet can be what you make it – purchasing whole unprocessed foods that are naturally gluten-free is the least expensive way to go, though there are many delicious gluten-free replacement foods on the market these days, but they can get pricey.

What if there were another way?  What if your doctor were able to prescribe you a medication?  The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has a seminar coming up in June discussing the drug development process.

Announcing NFCA’s monthly Webinar, “Celiac Disease: Immunology 101 and the Drug Development Process,” on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Pacific.

With their only treatment found in the grocery aisle and not behind the pharmacist’s counter, celiac disease patients have relied upon delicious gluten-free recipes and cooking tips to navigate their medically necessary diet. As research continues to prove the need for a non-dietary therapy and scientists move closer to developing a pharmaceutical treatment, it is important for patients to learn more about the field of immunology, a critical piece to the celiac disease puzzle but one that is often left out of the patient education, as well as understand the basics about the drug development and approval process.

Join NFCA as Francisco Leon, MD, PhD, Vice President of Immunology Translational Medicine at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson; and Ken Kilgore, MS, PhD, Director of ImmunoPharmacology in the Immunology Therapeutic Area at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson explain the basics of immunology and outline the drug development and approval process.

All you need to attend the free webinar is a working computer with internet access.  Register here and follow the instructions that will be sent to you via email. If you are unable to attend, there will be a recording posted along with slides from the webinar posted within 72 hours on the webinar archives page.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


  1. Barbara Wachtler says:

    I want to register for the webinar on Celiac Disease and when you click the link it says “not available”. Please advise

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