Attend our free celiac disease blood screening

We test up to 500 people every fall

Every fall, we hold a free 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, their insurance would not cover the cost, or they were uninsured altogether.

You are eligible for this free blood screening if you are at risk for celiac disease and are eating a regular, gluten-containing diet. There is no need to fast before the test.

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 at least 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 blood screening is held on the 4th floor of the University of Chicago Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, at 5758 S. Maryland Avenue [View Map].

The tests performed are:

  • Human Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Test
  • Total Serum IgA.

Special thanks to Prometheus Laboratories and Thermo Fisher Scientific.