DEC 03, 2014 09:00 AM PST

Leveraging new technologies in gluten related disorders: Benefits before and after diagnosis

Speakers
  • Daniel Leffler, Director of Research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterJack Maggiore, Head of Research and Development at Doctor's Data, Inc.
    Biography
      Daniel Leffler, MD, MS currently serves as the Director of Research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Division of Gastroenterology at BIDMC and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Leffler currently divides his time between patient care, quality improvement initiatives and clinical and translational research in celiac disease and other digestive disorders.  Dr. Leffler has been awarded a five year career development grant from the National Institute of Health and has been the recipient of multiple foundation and industry sponsored grants for the advancement of digestive health.  He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has co-authored a book for patients entitled: Real Life with Celiac Disease. Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free, published by the American Gastroenterological Association.
       
      Dr. Jack Maggiore serves as the Assistant Laboratory Director of Chemistry and is Head of Research and Development at Doctor's Data, Inc. in Saint Charles, Illinois.  Dr. Maggiore is a medical technologist, certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, with a Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry and Doctorate in Pathology from the University of Illinois. His expertise includes clinical instrumentation, method development and validation, quality assurance, medical device clinical trials, and scientific regulatory affairs. His clinical research interests include development of novel biomarkers for chronic diseases using blood spots and other non-conventional samples.  Dr. Maggiore holds several medical device patents, has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed and invited publications and textbook chapters, serves as an advisor for clinical laboratory continuing education, and has presented his research findings at international scientific society meetings.  Dr. Maggiore's mission is to work with health care professionals to empower consumers to take a more active role in their health maintenance.

    Abstract:

     

    Contemporary serologic testing has revolutionized the field of celiac disease. Highly accurate serologic assays have shown the prevalence of celiac disease to be nearly 1:100 in many populations. These commonly used tests allow noninvasive screening and detection. However, the variety of available serologic and genetic tests necessitates review of clinical utility as single tests or used in combination.


    This presentation explores celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, including updates on diagnostic algorithms and biomarkers, followed by an expert review of the BIO-FLASH system which utilizes chemiluminescent technology.


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