Celiac disease is a disorder affecting millions of Americans. It involves intolerance to gluten-containing foods, such as pasta, crackers and doughnuts. It can manifest at any age, and is especially common in families with a history of autoimmune disease, such as type 1 diabetes, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. For those with celiac disease, gluten causes damage to the lining of the intestine, impairing proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Children experiencing gluten intolerance will have symptoms including: stomach pains, diarrhea, moodiness and/or growth problems.
Before eliminating gluten from your child's diet, an accurate diagnosis is needed. World-renowned experts at our Celiac Disease Center will perform an extensive evaluation of your child, including a blood test, to diagnosis their condition and begin to restore his/her full health.
The mission of the University of Chicago Medicine Celiac Disease Center is to cure celiac disease. As we focus on research toward the cure, we also aim at raising awareness and diagnosis rates through education and advocacy.
University of Chicago Medicine is recognized as having the most comprehensive celiac center in the world. In addition to groundbreaking research and innovative programs and services, we offer expert clinical care for both adults and children.
Celiac Disease Research
We are working to understand the nature of the immune system in the gut and the earliest response of the intestine to the presence of gluten. Research toward a cure is under way in our dedicated celiac disease laboratory, under the direction of Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, a world-renowned celiac researcher.
Our Programs & Resources
Fact sheets and frequently asked questions on our website provide accurate medical information to help people understand celiac disease, and counsel to physicians with questions about celiac disease.
Our free celiac disease eBook assists the newly diagnosed in undertaking the gluten-free diet.
A team of speakers works year-round to educate medical professionals, people with celiac disease, and the public about diagnosing and treating this condition.View our educational celiac disease materials
We offer the an online CME training course about celiac disease for physicians and other medical professionals. The course, titled Celiac Disease in the 21st Century: Understanding the Latest Management and Treatment Options for Celiac Disease, is available now at:
Understanding Celiac Disease
What does it take to find out if a child has celiac disease? We spoke with Dr. Ritu Verma, medical director of UChicago Medicine’s Celiac Disease Center, and Dietitian Macy Mears to answer this question and more.