Programs

Celiac Education Day

Every fall, we host an education day complete with a vendor fair and informative educational sessions which include an open Q&A with a distinguished panel of experts. In addition we offer free antibody blood screening to test people at risk for celiac disease. We test up to 500 participants who come to The University of Chicago from all over the country. Many of the participants would not otherwise have access to celiac disease testing because either their doctors refused to carry out the tests or their insurance would not cover the cost, or they were uninsured altogether. The next Celiac Education Day will take place in October 2018.

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Free Blood Screening

You are eligible for the blood screening if:

  • You have been on a gluten-containing diet for 12 weeks prior to testing
  • You have a close family member who has celiac disease or type 1 diabetes
  • You have Down syndrome
  • You have a related autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes
  • You have digestive problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteopenia, osteoporosis, or type 1 diabetes
  • You have other related symptoms or conditions
See symptoms and conditions related to celiac disease for more information The antibody screening tests for celiac disease are not accurate if one is following a gluten-free diet. If you have removed gluten from your diet, it will typically require that gluten is reintroduced on a daily basis, with at least one serving per day (1/2 slice of bread or a cracker), for 12 weeks prior to the antibody blood screening tests. This is sometimes referred to as a gluten challenge, which should only be conducted under a physician’s supervision.

The antibody blood screening tests for celiac disease are:

  • Human Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Test
  • Total Serum IgA