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Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Conference Schedule at a Glance

Last Updated: April 18, 2020

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REGISTRATION: SOLD OUT — You will be able to watch us stream LIVE on CCA’s YouTube Channel – Click here.

(All times EDT and include Q&A)

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11:50 – 12:00 PM ‘How do you sandwich?

Lunch with Promise Gluten Free, 2020 Platinum Partner



12:00 – 12:10 PM Opening Remarks / CCA Update

Our Field of View: President Treena Duncan and Executive Director Melissa Secord will share CCA’s new three-year strategic plan, and thanks to community support, how this is an exciting time to follow CCA National.

12:10 – 12:30 PM COVID-19 and You: Safeguarding your Health – Sponsored by Takeda

Don Duerksen, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba

12:30 – 1:25 PM Neurological manifestations of celiac disease

Dr. Iain Croall, Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK

One of the more understudied areas of celiac disease is the neurological manifestations. Many people get the so-called “classical” celiac symptoms, like gastrointestinal distress. But many others – in increasing numbers – get brain fog, migraines, dizziness, muscle weakness and more, which can be tied to the neurological system. Dr. Croall will present the latest research findings in this fascinating area.

1:25 – 1:40 PM Commercial Break – Sponsored by Daiya


1:40 – 2:10 PM The worldwide incidence of celiac disease over time

James A Campbell Memorial Research Presentation
James King, MSc, University of Calgary

Each year CCA has the opportunity to award Canadian investigators and researchers grants thanks to donor support to advance our knowledge and potential treatments and cures for celiac disease. Be the first to hear about the research!

This study aimed to understand how the rate at which celiac disease is being diagnosed varies globally, and whether it has changed over time. James studied global rates of diagnosis, demographics of those diagnosed, the knowledge gap on diagnosis.

2:10 – 2:40 PM Children with Celiac Disease – Follow-up Management

Dominica Gidrewicz, MD, FRCPC, pediatric gastroenterologist

Dominica will cover important factors to make a proper diagnosis of celiac disease, and why some pediatric patients may qualify for a serologic diagnosis based on blood results, while other children require an intestinal biopsy for a confirmatory diagnosis. After the diagnosis, we will review important aspect of follow-up care including blood work and some common issues to consider when following the gluten-free diet.

2:40 – 2:50 PM Commercial Break – Sponsored by M&M Food Market


2:50 – 3:40 PM Celiac disease – Are we close to a cure? – Education Partner – Provention Bio

Dr. Doug Jacobstein, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Provention Bio

At no time in history has there been so many potential drug trials and research in celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Learn from one of the companies that is leading the charge about what therapies are on the horizon.

3:40 – 3:50 PM Commercial Break – Sponsored by Daiya


3:50 – 4:30 PM Wholistic Strategies to Managing Stress & Anxiety During a Pandemic

Dr. Justine Dowd, post-doctoral fellow, University of Calgary

Justine’s insightful talk will highlight how a balanced combination of mindfulness, self-care, nutrition, and exercise can drastically improve your ability to manage stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4:30 – 4:35 PM Commercial Break – Sponsored by M&M Food Market


4:35 – 5:25 PM Dietitian “Survival Guide” for a Pandemic – Education Partner -Schar

Meghan Donnelly, MS, RD, Nutrition Services Manager, Dr. Schär
Selena Devries, Registered Dietitian, member of the CCA’s board of directors

Trying to stretch your food dollar as far as it can possibly go in these difficult times? Do you have more free time and are looking to brush up on your baking skills and looking for how to maximize nutrition for your family? Selena will talk about how to make sure you can live a healthy, gluten-free life even under difficult circumstances, make do in situations of supply shortages, meal planning approaches, and more.

5:25 – 5:55 PM Research study presentation: Are we still getting glutened?

Don Duerksen, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba

The DOGGIE Bag (Determination Of Gluten Grams Ingested and Excreted By Adults eating Gluten Free) study was a collaborative study between researchers at the University of Manitoba, Harvard University and Seville, Spain. Eighteen individuals adhering to a gluten free diet for 2 years, collected a portion of all of the food they ate, and submitted stool and urine samples over a 10 day period. The purpose of the study was to determine whether there was any detectable gluten in this diet. In this presentation, Dr Duerksen, one of the study investigators, will review the findings and discuss their implications.

5:55 – 6:00 PM Closing Remarks

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