The CCA is proud to announce the speakers for the 2018 National Conference:
Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, Professor of Neurology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in the UK
Topic: Neurological manifestations of celiac disease
Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou is a Professor of Neurology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. He has conducted extensive research into gluten ataxia, having first described the condition in the 1990s after seeing a number of patients with unexplained balance and coordination problems. In 1996, Dr. Hadjivassiliou established the Sheffield Ataxia Clinic, to identify the causes of ataxias and to provide ongoing care for patients with progressive ataxias, and the clinic currently cares for over a thousand patients from the UK and overseas. In 2013 Dr. Hadjivassiliou and Professor Dave Sanders, also of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, established the groundbreaking Sheffield Institute of Gluten-Related Disorders (SIGReD), the world’s first clinic to specialize in the neurological manifestations of gluten-related disorders.
Dr. Joseph Murray, gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
Topic: Latest breakthroughs in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity research
Dr. Murray studied medicine at National University of Ireland and internal medicine/gastroenterology training at Trinity College and Beaumont Hospital (Dublin) and the University of Iowa. He was on the faculty of the University of Iowa (1990-1998) before joining the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1998, becoming Professor of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Murray has a strong background/experience in basic/clinical gastroenterology, and his work spans basic/translational research in celiac disease focusing on immunology, genetics of the disease and immune responses to food and microbiota. He has authored 350+ scientific publications and 106 chapters, and his work is funded by the NIH, private foundations and commercial entities. He is past president of North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, serves on advisory boards for lay support groups, and consults with several companies on the topic of celiac disease.
Dr. Justine Dowd, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary
Topic: Psychosocial and exercise strategies to help management of celiac disease
Dr. Justine Dowd is a CIHR funded post-doctoral fellow working in the Health and Wellness Lab at the University of Calgary. Her research is in the area of health behaviour change and she is currently exploring the effects of exercise and teaching people with celiac disease self-compassion and self-regulation skills on quality of life and adherence to a gluten-free diet. As an active health promoter, Justine has presented her work at conferences including the Canadian Celiac Association’s National and Regional Conferences and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s National Convention.
- Michael Abbott, Section Head, Food Allergy and Intolerance Assessment Section, Food Directorate, Health Canada
- Christine Kopko, Food Safety Recall Specialist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Jacqui Okum, Owner/Founder, Strawberry Blonde Bakery
- Frank Massong, Vice-President of Technical Services, Allergen Control Group
- Melissa Secord and David Congram of the Canadian Celiac Association
- Adrianna Smallwood, Registered Dietitian and member of the CCA’s Professional Advisory Council