Around 350,000 Australians have coeliac disease, and the only known ‘cure’ is to strictly avoid gluten in foods.
Of the one in 70 of the population affected by it, an estimated 80 percent are undiagnosed.
However, global efforts are being made to address this increasingly common health issue – and Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital is hosting a seminar on Thursday August 30 that will showcase new ways of identifying and treating the autoimmune condition.
Gastroenterologist Dr James Daveson will present ‘A Coeliac Revolution: On the cusp of real change’ for Wesley Medical Research, detailing new diagnostic testing and novel management therapies that could transform a coeliac diagnosis.
The condition is usually diagnosed after a series of tests on blood samples and biopsies from the small bowel, while gene tests are another option if diagnosis is unclear.
One new method of testing that could lead to a simpler, faster diagnosis by a General Practitioner is a quick pin-prick method which is being explored at Wesley Medical Research, supported by the Thorsen Foundation.
Dr Daveson will also discuss clinical trials happening on-site and internationally regarding therapies which could take treatment past merely following gluten-free diets.
To register for the seminar and learn more about new ways to treat coeliac disease, visit the Wesley Medical Research website.