Celiac Disease Pediatric Research and Clinical Trials

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Contact the Celiac Disease Program

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  • International: +1-617-355-6058

Here at the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, our care is informed by our research. Boston Children’s is home to the world’s most extensive research enterprise at a pediatric hospital. But as specialists in innovative, family-centered care, our physicians never forget that your child is precious, and not just a patient.

Researchers in the Celiac Disease Program are studying:

  • serologic markers, the identification of which could reduce the need for endoscopies in the diagnosis of celiac disease
  • procedures for taking more reliable biopsies
  • the correlation between people who have had Marsh 1 lesions (sometimes thought of as pre-celiac disease findings) and people who develop celiac disease

Other researchers are examining:

  • how to genetically engineer wheat so that it doesn’t have the proteins that are toxic to people with CD
  • developing a medicine to take with food that may help break down the gluten. This probably won’t work to the point where it can substitute for following a gluten-free diet, but it could offer protection in situations in which you can’t be sure the food is gluten-free.  
  • the possibility of a celiac disease vaccine that could be used as prevention and treatment
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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